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Energy management is nowadays a subject of great importance and complexity. It consists in choosing among a set of sources able to produce energy that will give energy to a set of loads by minimising losses and costs. The sources and loads are heterogeneous, distributed and the reaction of the system, the choice of sources, must be done in real-time to(More)
From several years we are developing robotic multi-agent systems according to well defined design methodologies. These methodologies evolved over time because of the changes in the operating environments (robotic hardware and software platforms) and specific missions accomplished by our robots. In the last four years we used PASSI (Process for Agent(More)
We have been developing robotic multi-agent systems for several years according to a well defined methodology (PASSI) obtaining good results, but day by day needs of a more versatile approach for designing software in a research context suggested us to find out a new methodology. A solution to our problems is represented by the Agile version of the PASSI(More)
In the last years, multi-agent systems (MAS) have proved more and more successful. The need of a quality software engineering approach to their design arises together with the need of new methodological ways to address important issues such as ontology representation, security concerns and production costs. The introduction of an extensive pattern reuse(More)
The design of a an agent system for robotics is a problem that involves aspects coming from many different disciplines (robotics, artificial intelligence, computer vision, software engineering). The most difficult part of it often consists in producing and tuning the algorithms that incorporates the robot behavior (planning, obstacle avoidance,) and(More)
A great number of processes for multi-agent systems have been presented in last years to support the different approaches to agent-oriented design; every process is specific for a particular class of problems and it deals with a specific MAS meta-model. These differences produce inconsistences and overlaps: a MAS meta-model may define a term not referred by(More)
In the last years the increasing attention on multi-agent systems (MAS) emphasized the need of a quality software engineering approach to their design and realization. In this paper we propose a comprehensive approach for the development of MAS oriented applications that uses a complete design methodology addressing important issues such as ontology(More)
In the last years, multi-agent systems (MAS) have proved more and more successful. The need of a quality software engineering approach to their design arises together with the request of new tools that could support a quick, affordable and cost-profitably development process. In this work we describe two different aspects of these topics: the support that a(More)