Enacting the Distributed Business Workflows Using BPEL4WS on the Multi-agent Platform

Li Guo, Dave Robertson, Yun-Heh Chen-Burger

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This paper describes the development of a distributed multi-agent workflow enactment mechanism using the BPEL4WS[1] specification. It demonstrates that a multi-agent protocol (Lightweight Coordination Calculus (LCC)[8]) can be used to interpret a BPEL4WS specification to enable distributed business workflow[5] using web services[2] composition on the multi-agent platform. The key difference between our system and other existing multi-agent based web services composition systems is that with our approach, a business process model(system requirement) can be adopted directly in the multi-agent system, thus reduce the effort on the validation and verification of the interaction protocol (system specification). This approach also provides us with a lightweight way of re-design of large component based systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultiagent System Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationThird German Conference, MATES 2005, Koblenz, Germany, September 11-13, 2005. Proceedings
EditorsTorsten Eymann, Franziska Klügl, Winfried Lamersdorf, Matthias Klusch, Michael N. Huhns
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-540-28741-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-28740-7
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


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