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Designing Agent-Oriented Systems by Analysing Agent Interactions
Miles, Simon and Joy, Mike and Luck, Michael (2000) Designing Agent-Oriented Systems by Analysing Agent Interactions. In: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE 2000), Limerick, Ireland.
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We propose a preliminary methodology for agent-oriented software engineering based on the idea of agent interaction analysis. This approach uses interactions between undetermined agents as the primary component of analysis and design. Agents as a basis for software engineering are useful because they provide a powerful and intuitive abstraction which can increase the comprehensiblity of a complex design. The paper describes a process by which the designer can derive the interactions that can occur in a system satisfying the given requirements and use them to design the structure of an agent-based system, including the identification of the agents themselves. We suggest that this approach has the flexibility necessary to provide agent-oriented designs for open and complex applications, and has value for future maintenance and extension of these systems.
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