Synthesis of a generic MAS metamodel

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SELMAS 2005 - Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Software Engineering for Large-Scale Multi-Agent Systems, 2005
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Copyright 2005 ACM. Method engineering, which focuses on project-specific methodology construction from existing method fragments, is an appealing approach to organize, appropriately access and effectively harness the software engineering knowledge of MAS methodologies. With the objective of applying method engineering for developing an MAS, in this paper we introduce a generic metamodel to serve as a representational infrastructure to unify existing MAS 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 the system requirements; rather, our metamodel is an abstraction of how any MAS is structured and behaves both at design time and run-time.
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