Multiagent Engineering

Theory and Applications in Enterprises

  • Stefan Kirn
  • Otthein Herzog
  • Peter Lockemann
  • Otto Spaniol

Part of the International Handbooks on Information Systems book series (INFOSYS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Management Summary

    1. Peter C. Lockemann, Stefan Kirn, Otthein Herzog
      Pages 1-13
  3. What Agents Are and What They Are Good For

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Peter C. Lockemann
      Pages 17-33
    3. Ingo J. Timm, Thorsten Scholz, Otthein Herzog, Karl-Heinz Krempels, Otto Spaniol
      Pages 35-51
    4. Stefan Kirn
      Pages 53-69
  4. Application Examples I: Agent.Enterprise

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Peer-Oliver Woelk, Holger Rudzio, Roland Zimmermann, Jens Nimis
      Pages 73-90
    3. Leif-Erik Lorenzen, Peer-Oliver Woelk, Berend Denkena, Thorsten Scholz, Ingo J. Timm, Otthein Herzog
      Pages 91-113
    4. Roland Zimmermann, Stefan Winkler, Freimut Bodendorf
      Pages 157-175
    5. Tim Stockheim, Oliver Wendt, Wolfgang König
      Pages 177-195
  5. Application Examples II: Agent.Hospital

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Stefan Kirn, Christian Anhalt, Helmut Krcmar, Andreas Schweiger
      Pages 199-220
    3. Thomas Rose, Martin Sedlmayr, Holger Knublauch, Wolfgang Friesdorf
      Pages 239-254
    4. Torsten O. Paulussen, Anja Zöller, Franz Rothlauf, Armin Heinzl, Lars Braubach, Alexander Pokahr et al.
      Pages 255-275
    5. Rainer Herrler, Frank Puppe
      Pages 277-299
    6. Andreas Schweiger, Helmut Krcmar
      Pages 301-318
    7. Torsten Eymann, Günter Müller, Moritz Strasser
      Pages 319-337
  6. Agent Engineering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Ingo J. Timm, Thorsten Scholz, Holger Knublauch
      Pages 341-358
    3. Thomas Bieser, Hendrik Fürstenau, Stephan Otto, Daniel Weiß
      Pages 359-381
    4. Karl-Heinz Krempels, Otto Spaniol, Thorsten Scholz, Ingo J. Timm, Otthein Herzog
      Pages 383-403
    5. Peter C. Lockemann, Jens Nimis, Lars Braubach, Alexander Pokahr, Winfried Lamersdorf
      Pages 405-429
    6. Thorsten Scholz, Ingo J. Timm, Otthein Herzog, Günter Görz, Bernhard Schiemann
      Pages 431-464
    7. Jens Nimis, Peter C. Lockemann, Karl-Heinz Krempels, Erik Buchmann, Klemens Böhm
      Pages 465-501
    8. Lars Braubach, Alexander Pokahr, Winfried Lamersdorf
      Pages 503-530
    9. Ingo J. Timm, Thorsten Scholz, Hendrik Fürstenau
      Pages 531-554
  7. Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 555-555
    2. Anja Zöller, Franz Rothlauf, Torsten O. Paulussen, Armin Heinzl
      Pages 557-574
    3. Rainer Herrler, Franziska Klügl
      Pages 575-596
    4. Tanja Nitschke
      Pages 597-618
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 619-626

About this book


1 Multiagent Engineering: A New Software Construction Paradigm Multiagent systems have a long academic tradition. They have their roots in distributed problem solving in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from where they emerged in the mid-eighties as a distinctive discipline. Research in multiagent systems owes much to the work of Rosenschein on rationality and autonomy of intelligent agents, the European MAAMAW workshop series, and last but not least the famous readings of Bond & Gasser (1988) and Jacques Ferber´s book on multiagent systems (1991). It gained further by a public discussion via the Distributed AI mailing list in summer 1991, when the pioneers of the field compared in much detail the concepts of distributed problem solvers to multiagent systems. Within only five years, a new exciting field of research had been established. Now, 15 years later, the field has matured to a degree that allows the - sults of academic research to be passed on to practical use and commercial exploitation. This potential coincides with a need for much larger flexib- ity of our IT infrastructure in light of its highly distributed character and extreme complexity, but also the global character of the business processes and the large number of business partners due to outsourcing and specia- zation. Many experts claim that multiagent systems are the right software technology for the needed IT infrastructure at the right time. The appeal has much to do with the broad perspectives of multiagent systems research.


Deployment Planning agents business information system design development information system object oriented design production requirements engineering simulation software software agents software architecture standards

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Kirn
    • 1
  • Otthein Herzog
    • 2
  • Peter Lockemann
    • 3
  • Otto Spaniol
    • 4
  1. 1.Wirtschaftsinformatik II (510 O)Universität HohenheimStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Technologie-Zentrum InformatikUniversität BremenBremenGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Programmstrukturen und Datenorganisation (IPD)Universität Karlsruhe (TH)KarlsruheGermany
  4. 4.Lehrstuhl für Informatik 4RWTH AachenAachenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin · Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-31406-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-32062-3
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