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Cooperative Information Systems, IFCIS International Conference on (1999)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Sept. 2, 1999 to Sept. 4, 1999
ISSN: 1530-1095
ISBN: 0-7695-0384-5
pp: 325
Michael Becht , University of Stuttgart
Thorsten Gurzki , University of Stuttgart
Jürgen Klarmann , University of Stuttgart
Matthias Muscholl , University of Stuttgart
This paper introduces a programming environment and architecture for the development of agent based cooperative applications using a role based approach. We focus on the cooperative aspects by introducing cooperation processes (CP) as a concept of its own. CPs describe all and only the coordination and cooperation parts of an application. The explicit documentation of the coordination and cooperation mechanisms used in a MAS allows their evaluation and reuse. We are able to change existing and introduce new cooperation processes at runtime without modifying the existing agents. We specify the cooperative behaviour of an agent in a separate role description. The interconnection of these roles constitutes the CP. Describing cooperation independent from concrete agents allows to build heterogeneous, federative and transformable MAS. We show how agents decide what roles to accept and how the agent-role interaction works. Finally we present the ROPE framework and runtime environment.
Cooperation Architecture, Multi Agent Framework

T. Gurzki, J. Klarmann, M. Muscholl and M. Becht, "ROPE: Role Oriented Programming Environment for Multiagent Systems," Cooperative Information Systems, IFCIS International Conference on(COOPIS), Edinburgh, Scotland, 1999, pp. 325.
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