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An agent oriented tool for method engineering

Massimo Cossentino, Luca Sabatucci, Valeria Seidita, Salvatore Gaglio
In the last years we applied the Method Engineering paradigm to the development of agent-oriented design processes. The main difficulty in our initial experiments was ensuring the support of a customised CASE tool to the new methodology. In this paper we now present a Computer-Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) tool that we developed in order to allow the design of the new process and then its instantiation. The process is executed as a workflow, the designer receives the help of an expert system (for routine works automation and syntax/semantic checks) and can model his/her system using a set of Eclipse plug-ins supporting all UML diagrams. The development of this tool started from the definition of a system metamodel obtained from the initial requirements and then instantiated using open-source and ad hoc developed components; as it could be expected relevant portions of this tool are developed using the agent-oriented paradigm.
4th European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 2006), CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 14-15 dec 2006.
Andrea Omicini, Barbara Dunin-Kȩplicz, Julian A. Padget (eds.), Sun SITE Central Europe, RWTH Aachen University, Lisbon, Portugal
@inproceedings{MethodEumas06,
	Address = {Lisbon, Portugal},
	Author = {Cossentino, Massimo and Sabatucci, Luca and Seidita, Valeria and Gaglio, Salvatore},
	Booktitle = {4th European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS 2006)},
	Editor = {Omicini, Andrea and Dunin-Keplicz, Barbara and Padget, Julian},
	Issn = {1613-0073},
	Month = {14--15~} # dec,
	Number = 223,
	Publisher = {Sun SITE Central Europe, RWTH Aachen University},
	Series = {CEUR Workshop Proceedings},
	Title = {An agent oriented tool for method engineering},
	Url = {http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-223/69.pdf},
	Year = 2006}