A refinement-based approach to developing critical multi-agent systems
by Inna Pereverzeva; Elena Troubitsyna; Linas Laibinis
International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems (IJCCBS), Vol. 4, No. 1, 2013

Abstract: Multi-agent systems are increasingly used in critical applications. To ensure dependability of multi-agent systems, we need powerful development techniques that would allow us to master complexity inherent to such kind of systems and formally verify correctness and safety of collaborative agent activities. In this paper, we present a rigorous approach to the development and verification of critical multi-agent system in Event-B. We demonstrate how to formally specify complex agent interactions and verify their correctness and safety. We argue that the refinement approach facilitates structuring complex requirements and formal reasoning about system-level properties. We illustrate our approach by a case study: formal development of a hospital multi-agent system.

Online publication date: Mon, 22-Apr-2013

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