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A Lifecycle for Models of Large Multi-Agent Systems

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  • W. Vasconcelos
  • D. Robertson
  • J. Agusti
  • C. Sierra
  • M. Wooldridge
  • S Parsons
  • C. Walton
  • J. Sabater

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Agent-Oriented Software Engineering II Second International Workshop, AOSE 2001 Montreal, Canada, May 29, 2001 Revised Papers and Invited Contributions
PublisherSpringer-Verlag GmbH
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-43282-1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Two key issues in building multi-agent systems concern their scalability and engineering open systems. We offer solutions to these potential problems by introducing a lifecycle for models of large multi-agent systems. Our proposal connects a model for the collective analysis of agent systems with an individual-based model. This approach leads on to a virtuous cycle in which individual behaviours can be mapped on to global models and vice-versa. We illustrate our approach with a formal example but relatively easy for engineers to follow and adapt.

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