A Conceptual “Role-Centered” Model for Design of Multi-Agents Systems

  • Jean-Dany Vally
  • Rémy Courdier
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1599)


In this paper, we present a conceptual model and the associated framework that can be used to model and implement MASs simulation based on a core concept: the Role. We especially assume that collective agent structures, such as groups and organizations gain to be represented through the concept of Role. We first provide a formal specification of the role concept. Then we show how this concept can be used favorably to consider collective organizations. The resulting model supports dynamic knowledge changes such as organization emergence, disappearance and transformation. It also provides an interesting issue to allow the definition of macroscopic simulation levels, by not considering the underlying agents’ organization composing some given collective organizations. To illustrate our purposes, a simulation system in ecological phenomena simulation realized in cooperation with the CIRAD has been investigated. An implementation has been realized into the Geamas platform with the Java language.


Collective Organization Situate Object Reasoning Phase Phenomenon Simulation Livestock Building 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Dany Vally
    • 1
  • Rémy Courdier
    • 1
  1. 1.MAS IREMIAUniversité de la RéunionLa RéunionFRANCE

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