© 2006

Agent Technology from a Formal Perspective

  • Christopher A. Rouff
  • Michael Hinchey
  • James Rash
  • Walter Truszkowski
  • Diana Gordon-Spears

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Background

    1. Walter F. Truszkowski
      Pages 3-24
    2. Michael Hinchey, Jonathan P. Bowen, Christopher A. Rouff
      Pages 25-64
    3. Michael Luck, Mark d’Inverno
      Pages 65-96
  3. Formal Methods in Agent Design

    1. Albert Esterline, Toinette Rorie, Abdollah Homaifar
      Pages 99-137
    2. Michael Fisher, Chiara Ghidini, Antony Kakoudakis
      Pages 139-158
    3. Jon Whittle, Johann Schumann
      Pages 159-189
  4. Formal Agent Verification and Redesign

    1. Ullrich Hustadt, Clare Dixon, Renate A. Schmidt, Michael Fisher, John-Jules Charles Meyer, Wiebe van der Hoek
      Pages 193-225
    2. Diana F. Spears
      Pages 227-257
    3. Tim Menzies, Ying Hu
      Pages 259-283
  5. Significant Applications

    1. Christopher A. Rouff, James L. Rash, Michael G. Hinchey, Walter F. Truszkowski
      Pages 287-309
    2. Charles Pecheur, Reid Simmons, Peter Engrand
      Pages 311-339
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 341-354

About this book


The field of agent & multi-agent systems is experiencing tremendous growth. At the same time the field of formal methods is blossoming and has proven its importance in industrial and government applications. The FAABS (Formal Approaches to Agent-Based Systems) workshops, merging the concerns of the two fields, provided a timely and compelling platform on which the growing concerns and requirement of agent-based systems users that systems should be accompanied by behavioral assurances, could be discussed. This book has arisen from the overwhelming response to FAABS ’00, ’02 & ’04 and all chapters are updated or represent new research, and are designed to provide a more in-depth treatment of the topic. Examples of how others have applied formal methods to agent-based systems are included, plus formal method tools & techniques that readers can apply to their own systems.

Agent Technology from a Formal Perspective provides an invaluable in-depth view of the key issues related to agent technology from a formal perspective, for both researchers and practitioners. This is a relatively new interdisciplinary field, and there is enormous room for further growth The book not only creates an initial foundation, but points to the gaps; indicating open problems to be addressed by future researchers, students & practitioners.


Formal Agents Software Agents Specification Verification and Validation agents behavior formal verification multi-agent system verification

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher A. Rouff
    • 1
  • Michael Hinchey
    • 2
  • James Rash
    • 2
  • Walter Truszkowski
    • 2
  • Diana Gordon-Spears
    • 3
  1. 1.Science Applications International CorporationUSA
  2. 2.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterUSA
  3. 3.Computer Science DepartmentUniversity of WyomingUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Agent Technology from a Formal Perspective
  • Editors Christopher Rouff
  • Series Title NASA Monographs in Systems and Software Engineering
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-85233-947-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-84996-969-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-84628-271-3
  • Series ISSN 1860-0131
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 354
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mathematical Logic and Formal Languages
    Artificial Intelligence
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