Title: IOM/T: interaction-oriented model by textual notation

Authors: Takuo Doi, Shinichi Honiden

Addresses: Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; Honiden Laboratory, National Institute of Informatics, 2–1–2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101–8430, Japan. ' Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan; Honiden Laboratory, National Institute of Informatics, 2–1–2 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101–8430, Japan

Abstract: A Multiagent System (MAS) is a useful approach for complex systems. However, it is difficult to develop a MAS because the current techniques have trouble dealing with interactions, which is one of the most important concepts. Although there are many researches about MAS developments, we believe the concepts are too logical and not easy to use. We analyse the language functionalities for implementing and testing interactions and design a new language for implementing interactions. In this paper, we propose our language, named IOM/T, and show how it works. IOM/T helps us to implement interactions from the design model. Furthermore, it helps us test the implementation with Design by Contract (DbC).

Keywords: multi-agent systems; MAS; interaction; programming language; testing; design by contract; textual notation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOSE.2007.016263

International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 2007 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.266 - 294

Available online: 13 Dec 2007 *

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