A method fragments approach to methodologies for engineering self-organising systems

Mariachiara Puviani, Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, Regina Frei, Giacomo Cabri

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    This article summarizes five relevant methods for developing self-organizing multiagent systems. It identifies their most relevant aspects and provides a description of each one under the form of method fragments expressed using SPEM (Software and System Process Engineering Metamodel). The use of a “metamodel” to describe fragments facilitates the comparison of the methods and their respective fragments. These fragments can be combined and be part of a more general ad hoc methodology, created according to the needs of the designer. Self-organizing traffic lights controllers and self-organizing displays are chosen as case studies to illustrate the methods and to underline which fragments are important for self-organizing systems. Finally, we illustrate how to augment PASSI2, an agent-based methodology which does not consider self-organization aspects, with some of the identified fragments for self-organization.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number33
    Pages (from-to)33
    JournalACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


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