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Balancing Organizational Regulation and Agent Autonomy: An MDE-Based Approach

Penserini, Loris, Dignum, Virginia, Staikopoulos, Athanasios, Aldewereld, Huib and Dignum, Frank (2009) Balancing Organizational Regulation and Agent Autonomy: An MDE-Based Approach. In: Engineering Societies in the Agents World X. ESAW 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (5881). Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 197-212. ISBN 9783642102035

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The deployment of agent societies —as complex systems— in dynamic and unpredictable settings brings forth critical issues concerning their design. Organizational models have been advocated to specify open systems in dynamic environments in order to accomplish the need to represent regulating structures explicitly and independently from acting components (or agents). Despite the fact that several frameworks have been proposed for the specification of organizational models, it is still a matter of design choice how to balance between regulative design and component flexibility.

We propose a design framework, discussing the advantages of having different degrees of abstraction at organizational level in the development of agent societies. That is, we illustrate how the design properties impact the flexibility of run-time systems to cope with context changes. We adopt the OperA software engineering methodology to deal with the organizational model specification, and the Model Driven Engineering (MDE) mechanisms to map concepts between different design models.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software
Divisions: School of Computing > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 14:45
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2019 14:45

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