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Agent-Oriented Software Engineering Methodologies and Systems (AOMS@SAC2009)

AOSE methodologies have been studied since 2000. Traditionally the focus was only onto one of the methodologies characteristics: workproducts. Investigations on another fundamental characteristic the process - have been proposed only recently. The aims of this track are the deeper investigations of AOSE methodologies and their underpinned processes. The investigation has started from the idea that an ideal general-purpose AOSE methodology and an ideal general-purpose AOSE process do not exist. The AOSE methodologies proposed in literature in the last years typically are special purpose methodologies with the aim of engineering specific kinds of complex system, and no general purpose AOSE methodology was proposed. Now there is the need to build new methodologies for new kinds of applications domain (like for example the self-* domain), but the constructions of a new methodology from scratch is a very complex and time-consuming task. So, the reuse of portions of well-tested and well-known methodologies has become very important. Moreover, key factors for the success of new methodologies can often be found in the clear definition of their scope, in the identification of a precise application and development context and in the adoption of a proper formalisation of the approach. In this track we aim at studying all the elements that affect the construction of a new design process from the features it aims to exhibit to the final evaluation of the result also including adopted modelling languages, techniques and specific methods.

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