Student Research Paper

Declarative graphical descriptions of Interaction Protocols for Multi-agent Systems

AuthorLars Ehrler
SourceDepartment of Information Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, Neuseeland 
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Interaction Protocols (IPs) are necessary to specify and control the conversation of software agents in open multi agent systems. This report shows a prototype of PAUL (Plug-In for AgentUML-Linking) which enables the execution of IPs based on the Agent Unified Modeling Language (AgentUML), the Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) and the open source Java-based Opal system. PAUL enables developers to implement agent conversation easily and quickly by just attaching application-specific code to a model of an interaction protocol and executing this interaction protocol.