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Goal-Oriented Agent Testing Revisited

  • Erdem Eser Ekinci
  • Ali Murat Tiryaki
  • Övünç Çetin
  • Oguz Dikenelli
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5386)

Abstract

Today multi-agent systems research is ready to be transferred to the industrial applications. But, testing is one of the most critical processes to increase the acceptability of such systems in industrial settings. In this paper, we introduce a goal-oriented testing approach based on test goal concept. This approach alleges that agent goals are smallest testable units in MAS’s instead of agents unlike other agent testing approaches and tools proposed previously. Moreover, we introduce a testing tool, called as SEAUnit, that provides necessary infrastructure to support proposed approach.

Keywords

Test Tool System Goal Agent Architecture Agent Goal Hierarchical Task Network 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erdem Eser Ekinci
    • 1
  • Ali Murat Tiryaki
    • 1
  • Övünç Çetin
    • 1
  • Oguz Dikenelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer EngineeringEge UniversityBornovaTurkey

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