Design of a Peer-to-Peer Information Sharing MAS Using MOBMAS (Ontology-Centric Agent Oriented Methodology)

  • N. Tran
  • G. Beydoun
  • G. Low

Most existing agent-oriented methodologies ignore system extensibility, interoperability and reusability issues. In light of this, we have developed MOBMAS – a “Methodology for Ontology-Based MASs” which makes use of ontologies as a central modeling tool, utilising their roles in facilitating interoperability and reusability. As part of an ongoing validation of MOBMAS, we demonstrate in this paper its use on a peer-to-peer (P2P) community-based information sharing application. MOBMAS is used by an experienced software developer, who is not an author of the methodology, to guide the development of the P2P application.


User Query Ontology Model History Manager Agent Class Agent Goal 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    . A.A.F. Brandao, V.T.d. Silva and C.J.P.d. Lucena: Ontologies as Specifi-cation for the Verification of Multi-Agent Systems Design, in Object Oriented Programmings, Systems, Languages and Applications Work-shop (2004). 2004. California.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    J.G. Carbonell, C.A. Knoblock and S. Minton: PRODIGY:An Integrated Architecture for Prodigy, in Architectures for Intelligence, K. VanLehn, Editor. 1991, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: New Jersey. p. 241-278.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    . J. Dileo, T. Jacobs and S. Deloach: Integrating Ontologies into Multi-Agent Systems Engineering, in 4th International Bi-Conference Work-shop on Agent Oriented Information Systems (AOIS2002). 2002. Italy.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    M. Esteva: Electronic Institutions: From Specification To Development, in Artificial Intelligence Research Insitute. 2003, UAB - Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona: Barcelona.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    D. Fensel: Ontologies: A Silver Bullet for Knowledge Management and Electronic Commerce. 2001, Berlin: Spring-Verlag.zbMATHGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    I.A. Ferguson: TouringMachines: An Architecture for Dynamic, Ra-tional, Mobile Agents. 1992, University of Cambridge: Cambridge.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    R.J. Firby: Adaptive Execution in Dynamic Domains. 1989, Yale University: Yale.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    E. Gat: Integrating Planning and Reacting in a Heterogenous Asynchro-nous Architecture for Controlling Real-World Mobile Robots, in 10th National Conference on Artificial Intelligence. 1992. San Jose, California: The MIT Press.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    . R. Girardi, C.G.d. Faria and L. Balby: Ontology-based Domain Modeling of Multi-Agent Systems, in OOPLSA Workshop. 2004.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    T.R. Gruber: Automated Knowledge Acquisition for Strategic Knowl-edge. Machine Learning, 1989. 4: p. 293-336.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    . I.A. Klampanos and J.M. Jose: An Architecture for Peer-to-Peer Informa- tion Retrieval, in SIGIR'03. 2003.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    T. Mine, D. Matsuno, A. Kogo and M. Amamiya: Design and Implemen-tation of Agent Community Based Peer-to-Peer Information Retrieval Method, in Cooperative Information Agents (CIA2004). 2004. Germany: Springer-Verlag.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    M.J.R. Shave: Ontological Structures for Knowledge Sharing. New Re-view of Information Networking, 1997. 3: p. 125-133.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    . N. Tran, G. Low and G. Beydoun: A Methodological Framework for On-tology Centric AOSE. Computer Science Systems and Engineering, 2006. March.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Q.N. Tran and G. Low: Comparison of Methodologies, in Agent-Oriented Methodologies, B. Henderson-Sellers and P. Giorgini, Editors. 2005, Idea Group Publishing: Hershey. p. 341-367.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    M. Uschold and M. Grueninger: Ontologies: Principles, Methods and Application. Knowledge Engineering Review, 1996. 11(2): p. 93-195.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Tran
    • 1
  • G. Beydoun
    • 1
  • G. Low
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information Management and Technology ManagementUniversity of New South WalesAustralia

Personalised recommendations