Using MAS Technologies for Intelligent Organizations: A Report of Bottom-Up Results

  • Armando Robles
  • Pablo Noriega
  • Michael Luck
  • Francisco J. Cantú
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4293)


This paper is a proof of concept report for a bottom-up approach to a conceptual and engineering framework to enable Intelligent Organizations using MAS Technology. We discuss our experience of implementing different types of server agents and a rudimentary organization engine for two industrial-scale information systems now in operation. These server agents govern knowledge repositories and user interactions according to workflow scripts that are interpreted by the organization engine. These results show how we have implemented the bottom layer of the proposed framework architecture. They also allow us to discuss how we intend to extend the current organization engine to deal with institutional aspects of an organization other than workflows.


Multiagent System Server Agent User Agent Business Rule Interaction Protocol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Armando Robles
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pablo Noriega
    • 1
  • Michael Luck
    • 2
  • Francisco J. Cantú
    • 3
  1. 1.IIIA – Artificial Intelligence Research Institute BellaterraBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Electronics and Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Research and Graduate Studies OfficeITESM Campus MonterreyMonterreyMéxico

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