Int. J. of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering   »   2010 Vol.4, No.3

 

 

Title: An organisational approach to engineer emergence within holarchies

 

Author: Massimo Cossentino, Stephane Galland, Nicolas Gaud, Vincent Hilaire, Abderrafiaa Koukam

 

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ICAR-CNR, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 11. c&47#;o CUC (Centro Universitario di Calcolo), 90128 Palermo, Italy.
SeT Laboratory, UTBM, 90010 Belfort Cedex, France.
SeT Laboratory, UTBM, 90010 Belfort Cedex, France.
SeT Laboratory, UTBM, 90010 Belfort Cedex, France.
SeT Laboratory, UTBM, 90010 Belfort Cedex, France

 

Abstract: An open issue in self-organisation is how to engineer emergent behaviours. This issue is also of interest for engineering holonic multi-agent systems as any level of a holarchy is dependant of the emergent behaviours of its sub-levels. In order to tackle this specific feature of holonic multi-agent systems, the capacity concept which abstracts a know-how from its concrete realisation is introduced. The use of this concept is illustrated in this paper through a case study using the ASPECS development process which enables the analysis, design, implementation and deployment of holonic multi-agent systems and integrates the capacity as a core concept of it is underlying metamodel, called capacity-role-interaction-organisation (i.e., CRIO).

 

Keywords: agent-oriented software engineering; emergence; holonic systems; holarchies; self-organisation; emergent behaviours; holonic MAS; multi-agent systems; agent-based systems.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOSE.2010.036986

 

Int. J. of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 2010 Vol.4, No.3, pp.304 - 329

 

Available online: 20 Nov 2010

 

 

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