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Advances in Knowledge Representation, Logic Programming, and Abstract Argumentation

Volume 9060 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 47-62

From Testing Agent Systems to a Scalable Simulation Platform

  • Tobias AhlbrechtAffiliated withDepartment of Informatics, Clausthal University of Technology
  • , Jürgen DixAffiliated withDepartment of Informatics, Clausthal University of Technology
  • , Federico SchlesingerAffiliated withDepartment of Informatics, Clausthal University of Technology

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Abstract

Since 10 years our group in Clausthal is organizing the Multi-Agent Programming Contest, an international contest providing a flexible testbed for evaluating prototypical implementations of agent systems. We describe in this paper how the scenarios developed over time, which lessons we learned, and how this endeavour finally led to the idea of a scalable multiagent simulation platform. The important conclusion we draw is the need to move from academic prototypes to more seriously engineered software systems in order to support the uptake of academic research in industry.