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

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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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Graja, Z., Migeon, F., Maurel, C., Gleizes, MP., Kacem, A.H. (2014). A Stepwise Refinement Based Development of Self-Organizing Multi-Agent Systems: Application to the Foraging Ants. In: Dalpiaz, F., Dix, J., van Riemsdijk, M.B. (eds) Engineering Multi-Agent Systems. EMAS 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 8758. Springer, Cham.

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