Authors: I.T. Hawryszkiewycz
Addresses: Department of Information Systems, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Abstract: This paper describes an approach for designing software agents to support collaborative business systems. It proposes that agent-supported collaborative systems can be economically built using reusable agents. The paper defines a way to identify such generic agents and integrate them into development methodologies. Such reusable agents must be based on concepts that can apply to a wide range of collaborative systems. To do this, the paper defines a collaborative metamodel to describe collaborative work and identifies generic agents based on the metamodel concepts. The paper then describes a methodology that defines systems as object models in terms of the metamodel concepts. It then supports each object with the corresponding agent.
Keywords: generic agents; design method; metamodels; agent-oriented software; agent-based systems; multi-agent systems; collaborative business systems.
International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 2007 Vol.1 No.2, pp.175 - 192
Published online: 05 Jul 2007 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article