Towards method engineering for multi-agent systems: A preliminary validation of a generic MAS metamodel

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Conference Proceeding
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17th International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, SEKE 2005, 2005, pp. 51 - 56
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2005-12-01
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New Multi-Agent System (MAS) software development methodologies are published at an increasing pace. This is in part due to the accepted premise that no single methodology can be suitable for all MAS software projects. Method engineering, which focuses on projectspecific methodology construction from existing method fragments, is an appealing approach to organize, appropriately access and effectively harness the software engineering knowledge of methodologies. Towards this, in this paper we present and validate a generic productfocussed metamodel to serve as a representational infrastructure to unify existing methodologies into a single specification. Our metamodel does not focus on any class of MAS, nor does it impose any restrictions on the format of system requirements; rather, our metamodel is an abstraction of how any MAS is structured and behaves both at design time and run-time. We analyze two well-known existing MAS metamodels. We sketch how they can be seen as subtypes of our generic metamodel. This constitutes early evidence to support the use of our metamodel towards the construction of situated MAS methodologies.
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