An Architectural Description Language for Secure Multi-Agent Systems

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Mouratidis, Haralambos, Kolp, Manuel, Giorgini, Paolo and Faulkner, Stéphane 2010. An Architectural Description Language for Secure Multi-Agent Systems. Web Intelligence and Agent Systems. 8 (1), pp. 99-122.
AuthorsMouratidis, Haralambos, Kolp, Manuel, Giorgini, Paolo and Faulkner, Stéphane
Abstract

Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) architectures are gaining popularity for building open, distributed, and evolving
information systems. Unfortunately, despite considerable work in the fields of software architecture and MAS during the last
decade, few research efforts have aimed at defining languages for designing and formalising secure agent architectures. This
paper proposes a novel Architectural Description Language (ADL) for describing Belief-Desire-Intention (BDI) secure MAS.
We specify each element of our ADL using the Z specification language and we employ two example case studies: one to
assist us in the description of the proposed language and help readers of the article to better understand the fundamentals of the
language; and one to demonstrate its applicability.

KeywordsArchitectural Description Language; Multi-Agent Systems; Security; BDI Agent Model; Software Architecture
JournalWeb Intelligence and Agent Systems
Journal citation8 (1), pp. 99-122
ISSN1570-1263
Year2010
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/WIA-2010-0182
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1060
Publication dates
PrintJan 2010
Publication process dates
Deposited25 Nov 2010
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Citation:
Mouratidis, H., Kolp, M., Giorgini, P., Faulkner, S. (2010) ‘An Architectural Description Language for Secure Multi-Agent Systems’ Web Intelligence and Agent Systems 8 (1) pp.99-122.

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