A modeling framework for generic agent interaction protocols

José Ghislain Quenum, Samir Aknine, Jean Pierre Briot, Shinichi Honiden

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Agent-UML (AUML) extended UML in order to facilitate the modeling process for agent based systems. It offers several graphical notations, including protocol diagrams which represent agent interaction protocols. In this paper, we describe an AUML-based framework to specify generic protocols. We call generic protocols, agent interaction protocols where only a general behavior of the interacting entities can be described. From AUML protocol diagrams, we identified five fundamental concepts on top of which we defined formal specifications of generic protocols. Through our specifications, we addressed a lack in generic protocol representation by emphasizing the description of actions performed in the course of interactions based on such protocols. The framework we developed is formal, expressive and of practical use. It helps decouple interaction concerns from the rest of an agent’s architecture. As an application, we used this framework to publish the specifications of generic protocols for agent interactions in several multi-agent system applications we developed. Additionally, the framework helped us address two issues faced in the design of agent interactions based on generic protocols, protocol configuration and their dynamic selection.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeclarative Agent Languages and Technologies IV - 4th InternationalWorkshop, DALT 2006, Selected, Revised and Invited Papers
EditorsMatteo Baldoni, Ulle Endriss
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783540689591
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies IV, DALT 2006 - Hakodate, Japan
Duration: 2006 May 82006 May 8

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4327 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other4th International Workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies IV, DALT 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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