A Stepwise Refinement Based Development of Self-Organizing Multi-Agent Systems: Application to the Foraging Ants

  • Zeineb Graja
  • Frédéric Migeon
  • Christine Maurel
  • Marie-Pierre Gleizes
  • Ahmed Hadj Kacem
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8758)


This paper proposes a formal modeling for Self-Organizing Multi-Agent Systems (SOMAS) based on stepwise refinements, with the Event-B language and the Temporal Logic of Actions (TLA). This modeling allows to develop this kind of systems in a more structured manner. In addition, it enables to reason, in a rigorous way, about the correctness of the derived models both at the individual level and the global level. Our work is illustrated by the foraging ants case study.


Self-organizing MAS foraging ants formal verification refinement Event-B TLA 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zeineb Graja
    • 1
    • 2
  • Frédéric Migeon
    • 2
  • Christine Maurel
    • 2
  • Marie-Pierre Gleizes
    • 2
  • Ahmed Hadj Kacem
    • 1
  1. 1.Research on Development and Control of Distributed Applications Laboratory (ReDCAD) Faculty of Economics and ManagementUniversity of SfaxTunisia
  2. 2.Institute for Research in Computer Science in Toulouse (IRIT)Paul Sabatier UniversityToulouseFrance

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