Title: West2East: exploiting WEb Service Technologies to Engineer Agent-based SofTware

Authors: Giovanni Casella, Viviana Mascardi

Addresses: DMI, Universita di Salerno, Via Ponte don Melillo, 84084, Fisciano, Italy; DISI, Universita di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 35, 16146, Genova, Italy. ' DISI, Universita di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 35, 16146, Genova, Italy

Abstract: This paper describes West2East, a computer-aided Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE) toolkit aimed at supporting the implementation of Multiagent Systems (MASs). West2East exploits languages for Web Services (WSs) for sharing Agent Interaction Protocols (AIPs), modelled using AUML, across the web, and Computational Logic to reason about them. In particular, West2East offers libraries for the translation of AIPs represented in AUML into 1) a textual notation proposed by Winikoff; 2) an XML notation proposed by ourselves; 3) a couple of WS-BPEL and WSDL documents; and 4) a Prolog term. It also offers 5) a mechanism for allowing agents that read a published AIP to reason about it before engaging in a dialogue with its publisher, and 6) libraries for the automatic generation of an executable program compliant with the original interaction protocol.

Keywords: intelligent agents; web services; computational logic; agent interaction protocol; AIP; agent-oriented software engineering; AOSE; multi-agent systems; MAS.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOSE.2007.016267

International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 2007 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.396 - 434

Published online: 13 Dec 2007 *

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