Int. J. of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering   »   2008 Vol.2, No.3



Title: Towards a service requirements modelling ontology based on agent knowledge and intentions


Author: Lin Liu, Qiang Liu, Chi-Hung Chi, Zhi Jin, Eric Yu


School of Software, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China.
School of Software, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China.
School of Software, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China.
Academy of Mathematics and System Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100080, China.
Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, M5S 3G6, Canada


Abstract: In this paper, we propose a formalism for service requirements and capability modelling. It adopts concepts from the agent-oriented requirements modelling framework i*, which can be used as a means of studying the requirements and architecture for distributed agent systems. We argue that a social modelling framework such as i*, extended with the necessary service-related concepts and formal reasoning mechanisms, offers a better understanding of the social/organisational relationship in an open services world. By explicitly representing the underlying assumptions and the essential factors of services, a semiformal requirements model in i* can automatically evolve and be refined into a service requirements and capability reasoning framework. Eventually, it will assist intelligent agents with certain knowledge and intentions to make intelligent, rational decisions during service discovery, publication, selection and binding within an open services community.


Keywords: open services; service requirements; capability modelling; ontology; knowledge; trust; quality of service; QoS; agent-oriented software engineering; distributed systems; MAS; multi-agent systems; social modelling; agent-based systems; intelligent agents.


DOI: 10.1504/IJAOSE.2008.019422


Int. J. of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 2008 Vol.2, No.3, pp.324 - 349


Available online: 11 Jul 2008



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