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Holonic multiagent systems (HMAS) offers a promising software engineering approach for developing complex open software systems. However the process of building MultiAgent Systems (MAS) and HMAS is mostly different from the process of building more traditional software systems and it introduces new design and development challenges. This paper introduces an(More)
Considering the great number of agent-oriented methodologies that can be found in literature, and the fact that each one defines its own concepts and system structure, one of the main challenges in Agent-Oriented Software Engineering research is how to make these methodologies interoperable. By defining in a non ambiguous way concepts used in a specific(More)
The construction of ad-hoc design processes following the Situational Method Engineering (SME) paradigm is currently carried out by adopting a set of phases for which, until now, no well defined techniques and guidelines had been established. The consequence is that organizations are very dependent on method designers' skills. In this paper we propose an(More)
The construction of ad-hoc design processes is more and more required today. Situational Method Engineering (SME) provides an approach with a set of activities to be accomplished during the construction of a new process. In this paper we present our approach for adapting SME for the construction of multi-agent systems design processes mainly focussing on(More)
The agent oriented approach is doing great steps towards its (not yet reached) maturity; from a software engineering point of view, it is today positively used for the analysis and design of complex systems. In this paper, which is related to the activity of the AgentLink AOSE TFG (Agent Oriented Software Engineering Technical Forum Group), we provide a(More)
Energy management is, nowadays, a subject of uttermost importance. Indeed, we are facing several problems like petroleum reserve depletion or earth global warming. Smart Grids, a new type of electrical grid which try to intelligently manage its components, are a possible answer to these issues. Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) are a good candidate for modelling(More)
The method engineering paradigm enables designers to reuse portions of design processes (called method fragments or chunks in literature) to build processes that are expressly tailored for realizing a system that is specific for some problem or development context. This paper initially reports the standardization attempt carried out by the FIPA Methodology(More)
A great deal of researches in the area of agent-oriented software engineering focuses on proposing methodologies for agent systems, i.e., on identifying the guidelines to drive the various phases of agent-based software development and the abstractions to be exploited in these phases. However, very little attention has been paid so far to the engineering(More)
Holonic multiagent systems offers a promising software engineering approach for developping applications in complex domains. However the process of building MASs and HMASs is radically different from the process of building more traditional software systems and so introduces new design and development issues. Against this background, this paper introduces(More)