Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 285–312

The Gaia Methodology for Agent-Oriented Analysis and Design

  • Michael Wooldridge
  • Nicholas R. Jennings
  • David Kinny

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010071910869

Cite this article as:
Wooldridge, M., Jennings, N.R. & Kinny, D. Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (2000) 3: 285. doi:10.1023/A:1010071910869


This article presents Gaia: a methodology for agent-oriented analysis and design. The Gaia methodology is both general, in that it is applicable to a wide range of multi-agent systems, and comprehensive, in that it deals with both the macro-level (societal) and the micro-level (agent) aspects of systems. Gaia is founded on the view of a multi-agent system as a computational organisation consisting of various interacting roles. We illustrate Gaia through a case study (an agent-based business process management system).

agent-oriented software engineering methodologies analysis and design 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Wooldridge
    • 1
  • Nicholas R. Jennings
    • 2
  • David Kinny
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of LiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Electronics and Computer ScienceUniversity of Southampton, HighfieldSouthamptonUnited King
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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