An Integrated Structured Analysis Approach to Intelligent Agent Communication
Intelligent multi-agent systems offer promising approaches for knowledge-intensive
distributed applications. Now that such systems are becoming applied on
a wider industrial scale, there is a practical need for structured analysis
and design methods, similarly as exist for more conventional information
and knowledge systems. This is still lacking for intelligent agent software.
In this paper, we describe how the process of agent communication specification
can be carried out through a structured analysis approach. The structured
analysis approach we propose is an integrated extension of the CommonKADS
methodology, a widely used standard for knowledge analysis and systems development.
Our approach is based on and illustrated by a large-scale multi-agent application
for distributed energy load management in industries and households, called
Homebots, which is discussed as an extensive industrial case study.
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