Title: The rationale behind the development of an airline operations control centre using Gaia-based methodology

Authors: Antonio Castro, Eugenio Oliveira

Addresses: LIACC-NIAD&R, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200–465, Portugal; TAP Portugal, Room 27, Floor 6, Building 27 South, Lisbon, Portugal. ' LIACC-NIAD&R, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200–465, Portugal

Abstract: In this paper, we report how we complemented Gaia methodology to analyse and design a multi-agent system for an airline company operations control centre. Besides showing the rationale behind the analysis, design and implementation of our system, we also present how we mapped the abstractions used in agent-oriented design to specific constructs in JADE. The advantages of using a goal-oriented early requirements analysis and its influence on subsequent phases of analysis and design are also presented. Finally, we also propose UML 2.0 diagrams at several different levels for the representation of Gaia deliverables, such as organisational structure, role and interaction model, and agent and service model.

Keywords: multi-agent systems; MAS; agent-oriented methodologies; goal-oriented requirements analysis; operations recovery; disruption management; airline operations; operations control; Gaia; agent-oriented design; organisational structure; role models; interaction models; agent models; service models.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOSE.2008.019423

International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 2008 Vol.2 No.3, pp.350 - 377

Published online: 11 Jul 2008 *

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