STSM WG3 (Elena Nardini)

Start Date: 2009-10-01

End Date: 2009-12-31

Host Institution: University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Host Country: Switzerland

Home Institution: Universit√° di Bologna

Home Country: Italy


In the context of Multi-agent Systems (MAS), coordination models and languages based on syntactic mechanisms pose serious limitations on interoperability, which is required in open and dynamic applications where knowledge descriptions often involve different representations of conceptually equivalent concepts. Accordingly, this research aims at studying the adoption of semantics to engineer coordination in agent organizations-intended as managing the interaction space of a system-as a crucial element for enabling (semantic) interoperability among system coordinables in open and dynamic scenarios. As a concrete coordination model, the research relies on a data-centric coordination model, adopting tuple centres - i.e. programmable tuple spaces-as concrete coordination media, since it provides some key advantages: time autonomy, location autonomy, reference autonomy, schema autonomy, which all represent a valid support for dynamism, openness, and scalability.

In particular the overall goal can be decomposed according to the following activities:

1.-Starting from state of the art, analyze the existing literature and technologies regarding semantic approaches for coordination;

2.-Design and develop a framework for semantic coordination based on the tuple-centre coordination model for open agent organizations.

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