Title: MA-UML: a conceptual approach for mobile agents' modelling

Authors: Hela Hachicha, Adlen Loukil, Khaled Ghedira

Addresses: LI3, Institut Superieur de Gestion de Tunis, Universite de Tunis, Tunisia. ' LI3, Institut Superieur de Gestion de Tunis, Universite de Tunis, Tunisia. ' LI3, Institut Superieur de Gestion de Tunis, Universite de Tunis, Tunisia

Abstract: In recent years, software development based on Mobile Agents (MAs) has received important attention because it introduces a new development paradigm for widely distributed and heterogeneous systems. However, the existing work has mostly focused on the implementation phase of the MA-based applications development process and they do not take into consideration the analysis and design phases. In this paper, we present a conceptual approach to model MAs. This approach is materialised by a Unified Modelling Language (UML) profile, called MA-UML for modelling MAs.

Keywords: mobile agents; unified modelling language; UML profile; agent UML; agent modelling; multi-agent systems; MAS; agent-based systems; software development; agent-oriented software.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOSE.2009.023640

International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering, 2009 Vol.3 No.2/3, pp.277 - 305

Published online: 04 Mar 2009 *

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