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Software Engineering for Large-Scale Multi-Agent Systems. Research Issues and Practical Applications

Alessandro F. Garcia, Carlos Lucena, Franco Zambonelli, Andrea Omicini, Jaelson B. Castro (eds.)
Nowadays, engineering large-scale software systems means dealing with complex systems composed of pervasive software components that move around and adapt to nondeterministic and open environments, like the Internet, in order to achieve systems design goals through the coordination of autonomously distributed services. The agent metaphor, in particular software agents and multi-agent systems (MAS), constitutes a promising approach for covering most of the software development life cycle, from conceptual modeling and requirements specification to architectural definition, design, and implementation.

This book presents 17 carefully reviewed papers arranged in order to provide a coherent survey of how to exploit agent properties and MAS issues in today's software systems. The book offers the following topical sections:

  • software engineering foundations
  • requirements engineering and software architecture
  • coordination and mobility
  • reuse
  • dependability
  • empirical studies and applications
Keywords: agent based software engineering; agent systems architectures; AOSE; collaborative computing; large-scale multi-agent systems; mobile agents; MAS engineering; OO software development; software agents; software architectures; web services
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Lecture Notes in Computer Science: State-of-the-Art Survey) 2603, pages XIV, 285, April 2003, Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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	Booktitle = {Software Engineering for Large-Scale Multi-Agent Systems},
	Doi = {10.1007/3-540-35828-5},
	Editor = {Garcia, Alessandro F. and Lucena, Carlos and Zambonelli, Franco and Omicini, Andrea and Castro, Jaelson B.},
	Isbn = {978-3-540-08772-4},
	Isbn-10 = {3-540-08772-9},
	Isbn-Online = {978-3-540-35828-2},
	Issn = {0302-9743},
	Issn-Online = {1611-3349},
	Keywords = {agent based software engineering; agent systems architectures; agent-oriented software engineering; collaborative computing; large-scale multi-agent systems; mobile agents; multi-agent systems engineering; object-oriented software development; software agents; software architectures; web services},
	Month = apr,
	Pages = {XIV, 285},
	Publisher = {Springer Berlin Heidelberg},
	Series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
	Subseries = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science: State-of-the-Art Survey},
	Title = {Software Engineering for Large-Scale Multi-Agent Systems. Research Issues and Practical Applications},
	Url = {http://link.springer.com/10.1007/3-540-35828-5},
	Volume = 2603,
	Year = 2003}