Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Bonura, Diego and Mariani, Leonardo and Merelli, Emanuela
Designing Modular Agent Systems.
In: Net.ObjectDays Conference, 22-25 Sept 2003, Erfurt, Germany.
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The paper contributes to research on component and multi-
agent systems by presenting a practical approach to the development
of a modular and reusable middleware. In particular, we address the
problem of the construction of the core of a middleware for MAS. Then
we introduce two case studies for two dierent application domains: bi-
ological data integration and quality assurance in manufacturing. Our
experience proves that the component-based approach provides several
benets, such as the facilitation of refactoring and reusability, but also
introduces some pitfalls, such as excessive reuse. We acknowledge that
reuse exploits its potential in the lower layers of a system, because com-
ponents are quasi-free of business level concepts.
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