Towards Simulation-Aided Design of Multi-Agent Systems

  • Michal Pěchouček
  • Michal Jakob
  • Peter Novák
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-28939-2_1

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6599)
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Pěchouček M., Jakob M., Novák P. (2012) Towards Simulation-Aided Design of Multi-Agent Systems. In: Collier R., Dix J., Novák P. (eds) Programming Multi-Agent Systems. ProMAS 2010. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6599. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

With the growing complexity of multi-agent applications and environments in which they are deployed, there is a need for development techniques that would allow for early testing and validation of application design and implementation. This is particularly true in cases where the developed multi-agent application is to be closely integrated with an existing, real-world system of multi-agent nature.

Drawing upon our previous experiences with development of complex multi-agent applications, we propose simulation-aided design of multi-agent systems (SADMAS), a methodology tightly integrating simulations of the target system into the MAS application development process. In its heart lies the use of mixed-mode simulation, a simulation where parts of the deployed application operate in the target environment and parts remain simulated. We argue, that employing SADMAS process contributes to reduction of risks involved in development of complex MAS applications, as well as it helps to accelerate the process. Besides describing the capstones of the SADMAS approach and consequences of its application, we also illustrate it’s use on a case-study of a next-generation decentralised air traffic management system.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michal Pěchouček
    • 1
  • Michal Jakob
    • 1
  • Peter Novák
    • 1
  1. 1.Agent Technology Center, Dept. of Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical EngineeringCzech Technical University in PragueCzech Republic

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