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Engineering Executable Agents Using Multi-Context Systems

Engineering Executable Agents Using Multi-Context Systems
Engineering Executable Agents Using Multi-Context Systems
In the area of agent-based computing there are many proposals for specific system architectures, and a number of proposals for general approaches to building agents. As yet, however, there a very few attempts to relate these together, and even fewer attempts to provide methodologies which relate designs to architectures and then to executable agents. This paper provides a first attempt to address this shortcoming. We propose a general method of specifying logic-based agents, which is based on the use of multi-context systems, and give examples of its use. The resulting specifications can be directly executed, and we discuss an implementation which makes this direct execution possible.
Agent-based computing, multi-context systems, software engineering, executable specifications.
413-442
Sabater, J.
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Sierra, C.
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Parsons, S.
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Sabater, J., Sierra, C., Parsons, S. and Jennings, N. R. (2002) Engineering Executable Agents Using Multi-Context Systems. Journal of Logic and Computation, 12 (3), 413-442.

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In the area of agent-based computing there are many proposals for specific system architectures, and a number of proposals for general approaches to building agents. As yet, however, there a very few attempts to relate these together, and even fewer attempts to provide methodologies which relate designs to architectures and then to executable agents. This paper provides a first attempt to address this shortcoming. We propose a general method of specifying logic-based agents, which is based on the use of multi-context systems, and give examples of its use. The resulting specifications can be directly executed, and we discuss an implementation which makes this direct execution possible.

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Published date: 2002
Keywords: Agent-based computing, multi-context systems, software engineering, executable specifications.
Organisations: Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/254230
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Date deposited: 19 Jun 2003
Last modified: 02 Dec 2019 21:12

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