, K. Kunz, K. Matousek, D. Wahyudin:
"Investigating UML- and Ontology-Based Approaches for Process Improvement in Developing Agile Multi-Agent Systems
Vortrag: 34th EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications 2008, Parma, Italy; 03.09.2008 - 05.09.2008; in:"34th EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications
", IEEE Computer Society, (2008), ISBN: 978-0-7695-3276-9; S. 1 - 8.
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Multi-agent systems (MAS) that link business and phys-ical domains such as in production automation need to be reconfigured correctly and efficiently to adapt to new requirements. The standard UML-based approach only partly supports the reconfiguration process to capture agent classes and their instances, while ontologies allow modeling all aspects of MAS design in one common conti-nuous model.
In this paper we introduce a MAS development life cycle and focus on the product-specific reconfiguration of a system built mostly from reusable agents. We investigate the process variants based on (a) UML and (b) ontologies. We evaluate both process variants in a feasibility study using fundamental illustrative scenarios from an industrial production automation environment and derive lessons learned for process improvement in building sustainable MAS in the scope of production automation.
Keywords: Process modeling and improvement, Software reuse and product lines, Agile Multi Agent System Development.