Panel: Methodologies for multi-agent systems

David Kinny, Jan Treur, Les Gasser, Steve Clark, Jörg Müller

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Multi-Agent Systems technologies are migrating from research labs to software engineering centres. If these technologies are to realize their potential, it will become increasingly important to develop and employ methodologies, accessible to software engineers, for specifying, analysing, designing, and verifying multi-agent systems. The panelists, who represented a broad range of approaches and experience in MAS theory and practice, addressed the following questions. What can we learn from existing software and knowledge engineering methodologies, such as object-oriented approaches? How can they be adapted and extended to apply to agent-based systems? How should MAS design and specification methodologies address the proliferation of MAS architectures and application environments? Is there any prospect of generic approaches? How important are efforts to standardize various aspects of MAS technology? What techniques and tools are needed to support agent-oriented design and development? What approaches, formal and practical, will allow us to verify and diagnose large-scale MAS applications? What can we learn from related domains, such as real-time and distributed systems?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntelligent Agents IV
Subtitle of host publicationAgent Theories, Architectures, and Languages - 4th International Workshop, ATAL 1997, Proceedings
EditorsMunindar P. Singh, Anand Rao, Michael J. Wooldridge
ISBN (Print)3540641629, 9783540641629
StatePublished - 1998
Event4th International Workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages, ATAL 1997 - Providence, United States
Duration: Jul 24 1997Jul 26 1997

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other4th International Workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages, ATAL 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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