A Knowledge Level Software Engineering Methodology for Agent Oriented Programming

Perini, Anna and Giunchiglia, Fausto and Mylopoulos, John and Bresciani, Paolo and Giorgini, Paolo (2000) A Knowledge Level Software Engineering Methodology for Agent Oriented Programming. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Our goal in this paper is to introduce and motivate a methodology, called Tropos, for building agent oriented software systems. Tropos is based on two key ideas. First, the notion of agent and all the related mentalistic notions (for instance: beliefs, goals, actions and plans) are used in all phases of software development, from the first phases of early analysis down to the actual implementation. Second, Tropos covers also the very early phases of requirements analysis, thus allowing for a better analysis of the environment where the software must operate, and of the kind of interactions that should occur between software and human agents. The methodology is illustrated with the help of a case study.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: Information Engineering and Computer Science
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Agent-based software engineering, Design methodologies
    Additional Information: In proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Autonomous Agents (Agents 2001), 2001.
    Report Number: DIT-02-005
    Repository staff approval on: 03 Jul 2002

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