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PosoMAS: An Extensible, Modular SE Process for Open Self-organising Systems

  • Jan-Philipp Steghöfer
  • Hella Seebach
  • Benedikt Eberhardinger
  • Wolfgang Reif
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8861)

Abstract

This paper introduces PosoMAS, the Process for open, self-organising Multi-Agent Systems. The process is composed of a number of practices, reusable and customisable building parts, and integrated into the lifecycle of the Open Unified Process to yield an iterative, incremental software engineering process tailored to open self-organising systems. The individual practices are introduced and their interplay described. We evaluate PosoMAS in two case studies and provide a qualitative comparison with existing AOSE processes.

Keywords

Multiagent System Work Product Architecture Domain Requirement Elicitation Agent Organisation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan-Philipp Steghöfer
    • 1
  • Hella Seebach
    • 1
  • Benedikt Eberhardinger
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Reif
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Software & Systems EngineeringAugsburg UniversityGermany

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