Int. J. of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering   »   2009 Vol.3, No.4



Title: The gap between software engineering and multi-agent systems: bridging the divide


Author: Michael Georgeff


Address: Department of General Practice, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Australia


Abstract: The agent community to date has done a poor job of convincing business and mainstream software engineers of the value of Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) and agent-oriented software engineering. This is largely our fault. We have tried to offer a completely new way of doing things without providing a sufficient value proposition for throwing away the existing frameworks, methodologies and infrastructures. This position paper examines some of the reasons why we are not succeeding in this task and puts forward some suggestions on how we could do better.


Keywords: multi-agent systems; MAS; agent-based systems; agent-oriented software engineering; service-oriented architectures; SOA; agents; methodologies.


DOI: 10.1504/IJAOSE.2009.025317


Int. J. of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 2009 Vol.3, No.4, pp.391 - 396


Available online: 19 May 2009



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