An integrated approach for the development and validation of multi-agent systems
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Fortino, Giancarlo and Garro, Alfredo and Russo, Wilma (2005) An integrated approach for the development and validation of multi-agent systems. International Journal of Computer Systems Science & Engineering, 20 (4). pp. 259-271. ISSN 0267-6192

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In this paper, an integrated approach for the development and validation through simulation of multi-agent systems is proposed and exemplified through a case study concerning with an agent-based consumer-driven e-Marketplace. The approach centres on the instantiation of a software development process by using the method engineering paradigm. As a distinctive feature this process specifically includes a simulation phase which makes it possible the validation of a multi-agent system under development before its actual deployment and execution. In particular, the integrated approach uses the Gaia methodology for the analysis and the design, the Agent UML and the Distilled StateCharts for the detailed design, the MAO Framework for the neutral-platform implementation of software agents, and a Java-based discrete-event simulation framework for the simulation.

Deposited by Dr. Giancarlo Fortino on 04 October 2005

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