Issue IV

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A World of Agents

Volume: 2004, No.IV

Date: August 2004

Guest Editors: Pedro Cuesta-Morales, Zahia Guessoum, Juan-Carlos González-Moreno and Juan Pavón-Mestras

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A World of Agents

During the last decade, Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE) has attracted the attention of a large community of researchers from many different fields, including artificial intelligence and distributed systems. This interest has been motivated by the potential benefits of the agent paradigm, which needs to be integrated in software engineering practices in order to be applicable in the software industry as a whole.

Although there are many definitions of the agent concept (see, for instance, those included in Michael Wooldridge’s book “An Introduction to Multiagent Systems”, John Wiley & Sons, 2002), most of them identify their distributed nature, autonomy, sociability (hence the term Multi-Agent System, MAS, as agents normally collaborate within organizations to achieve common goals), adaptability to the environment and even mobility through a network of computer resources. Agents have been applied with different purposes and in different environments: for personal assistants, to provide support for collaborative work, for trading and negotiation in emarkets, in huge social simulation systems, for web information systems, for e-games, etc.

The UPgrade European NETwork section in this issue includes contributions from Pro-Dialog, a publication by the Polish Information Processing Society (PIPS), and Novática by Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI). The papers cover the topics of object technologies and the informatics profession respectively.


The following papers are included in this issue:

  • Challenges for Agent Technology Moving towards 2010 by Michael Luck and Peter McBurney
  • Open Directions in Agent-Oriented Software Engineering by Franco Zambonelli and Andrea Omicini
  • Verification and Validation Techniques for Multi-Agent Systems by Rubén Fuentes-Fernández, Jorge J. Gómez-Sanz and Juan Pavón-Mestras
  • Applying the Tropos Methodology for Analysing Web Services Requirements and Reasoning about Qualities by Marco Aiello and Paolo Giorgini
  • Engineering Multi-Agent Systems as Electronic Institutions by Carles Sierra, Juan A. Rodríguez-Aguilar, Pablo Noriega Blanco-Vigil, Josep-Lluís Arcos-Rosell and Marc Esteva-Vivanco
  • The Baghera Multiagent Learning Environment: An Educational Community of Artificial and Human Agents by Sylvie Pesty and Carine Webber
  • Management of a Surveillance Camera System Using Software Agents by Jesús García-Herrero, Javier Carbó-Rubiera and José M. Molina-López
  • An Agent-Based Architecture for Developing Internet-Based Applications by Juan M. Corchado-Rodríguez, Rosalía Laza-Fidalgo and Luis F. Castillo-Ossa