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On the role of environments in multiagent systems
Katholieke University Leuven. (Computer Science)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1162-0817
Katholieke University Leuven.
2005 (English)In: Informatica, ISSN 0350-5596, E-ISSN 1854-3871, Vol. 29, no 4, 409- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For a long time, the role of the environment has been underestimated in multiagent systems research. Originating from research on behavior-based agents and situated multiagent systems, the importance of the environment is now gradually being accepted in the multiagent system community in general. In this paper, we elaborate on the role of environments in multiagent systems. We present a model for multiagent systems that puts forward agents and the environment as first-order abstractions. Starting from this model, we elaborate on the logical functionalities of the environment. Competence in engineering environments is a prerequisite to apply environments in practical multiagent system applications. We briefly discuss how current agent-oriented methodologies deal with the environment, and we discuss an approach for engineering environments that puts forward artifacts as building blocks for environments. After that we present the concern-based approach for engineering environments developed in our research group. This approach models the environment as a set of modules that represent different functional concerns of the environment. We illustrate how we have applied this approach in a real-world multiagent system application. The paper concludes with a number of research challenges that are important for the further exploration of environments for multiagent systems.

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Slovene Society Informatika , 2005. Vol. 29, no 4, 409- p.
Keyword [en]
multiagent systems, environment, engineering environments
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Computer Science
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Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19369OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19369DiVA: diva2:530355
Available from: 2012-06-01 Created: 2012-06-01 Last updated: 2016-12-19Bibliographically approved

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