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Incorporating Commitment Protocols into Tropos

  • Ashok U. Mallya
  • Munindar P. Singh
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3950)

Abstract

This paper synthesizes two trends in the engineering of agent-based systems. One, modern agent-oriented methodologies deal with the key aspects of software development including requirements acquisition, architecture, and design, but can benefit from a stronger treatment of flexible interactions. Two, commitment protocols declaratively capture interactions among business partners, thus facilitating flexible behavior and a sophisticated notion of compliance. However, they lack support for engineering concerns such as inducing the desired roles and selecting the right protocols. This paper combines these two directions. For concreteness, we choose the Tropos methodology, which is strong in its requirements analysis, but our results can be ported to other agent-oriented methodologies.

Our approach is as follows. First, using Tropos, analyze requirements based on dependencies between actors. Second, select top-level protocols based on the actors’ hard goals, while respecting the logical boundaries of their interactions. Third, select refined protocols based on the actors’ soft goals. Consequently, Tropos provides a rigorous basis for modeling and composing protocols whereas the protocols help produce perspicuous designs that respect the participants’ autonomy. We evaluate our approach using a large existing case.

Keywords

Business Process Multiagent System Decomposition Tree Goal Model Interaction Protocol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashok U. Mallya
    • 1
  • Munindar P. Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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