Zooming Multi-Agent Systems

  • Ambra Molesini
  • Andrea Omicini
  • Alessandro Ricci
  • Enrico Denti
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3950)


Complex systems call for a hierarchical description. Analogously, the engineering of non-trivial MASs (multiagent systems) requires principles and mechanisms for a multi-layered description, which could be used by MAS designers to provide different levels of abstraction over MASs.

In this paper, we first advocate the need for zooming mechanisms, promoting a coherent and consistent multi-layered view of agent systems. After surveying the best-known AOSE methodologies, we focus on the scaling mechanisms of the OPM process-oriented methodology. Then, by adopting SODA as our reference, we show how an AOSE methodology can be enhanced with simple yet expressive zooming mechanisms. Finally, we present a simple case study where the enhanced agent-oriented methodology (SODA +zoom) is exploited and put to the test.


Multiagent System Interaction Protocol Interaction Rule Social Task Simple Case Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ambra Molesini
    • 1
  • Andrea Omicini
    • 2
  • Alessandro Ricci
    • 2
  • Enrico Denti
    • 1
  1. 1.DEISAlma Mater Studiorum–Universit‘a di BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.DEISAlma Mater Studiorum–Universit‘a di Bologna a CesenaCesenaItaly

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