Improving flexibility and robustness in agent interactions: Extending Prometheus with Hermes

Cheong, C and Winikoff, M 2006, 'Improving flexibility and robustness in agent interactions: Extending Prometheus with Hermes', in A. Garcia, R. Choren, C. Lucena, P. Giorgini, T. Holvoet and A. Romanovsky (ed.) Software engineering for multi-agent systems IV, St. Louis, USA, 27 April 2006, pp. 189-206.

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Title Improving flexibility and robustness in agent interactions: Extending Prometheus with Hermes
Author(s) Cheong, C
Winikoff, M
Year 2006
Conference name Software Engineering for Multi-Agent Systems
Conference location St. Louis, USA
Conference dates 27 April 2006
Proceedings title Software engineering for multi-agent systems IV
Editor(s) A. Garcia
R. Choren
C. Lucena
P. Giorgini
T. Holvoet
A. Romanovsky
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Start page 189
End page 206
Total pages 18
Abstract A crucial part of multi-agent system design is the design of agent interactions. Traditional approaches to designing agent interaction use interaction protocols, which focus on defining legal sequences of messages. Such approaches do not naturally exhibit flexibility and robustness, and are not a good match for intelligent software agents which are autonomous, proactive, flexible and robust. The Hermes approach to designing agent interaction uses interaction goals, actions, and a number of failure recovery mechanisms to give a design methodology which is a good fit with intelligent software agents. However, the Hermes approach only covers part of the design process. In this paper we integrate Hermes with the Prometheus methodology, thus providing a complete methodology for designing multi-agent systems where interaction design is goal-oriented, yielding flexible and robust interactions.
Subjects Software Engineering
Keyword(s) flexibility
multi-agent systems
DOI - identifier 10.1007/11738817_12
Copyright notice © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
ISBN 978-3-540-33580-1
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