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  1. FOSE-MAS Session Wrap-UP

  2. Major Points (1) • Scott DeLoach • We have yet to demonstrate benefits of MAS, address industrial needs • Lack of key concepts, notations and models, industry strength methods • Need to define a core meta-model for MAS • Reduced costs, increased reliability • Monique Calisti • Need for technology transfer, interaction with industry • Need solid, stable programming languages, tools, libraries, applications • Focus on design, implementation and testing • Good news: SE gradually uses agents’ concepts • Michael Winikoff • Adaptiveness, complexity, goals more important than agents and autonomy • Verification and validation are key issues • In particular with dynamic structures, emergent behavior • Document successful application • Juan A. Rodriguez • Autonomy, interaction, mobility will be key issues for future systems • Need for agreement environment

  3. Major Points (2) • Paul Valckenaers • Focus on domains where MAS can have an advantage over traditional SE • Core business related applications, exhibit variability and heterogeneity • Capture domain knowledge in reusable artifacts (cases, architectures, patterns, libraries) • Reach out of the MAS community comfort zone • Michael Georgeff • Value proposition: poor translation to mainstream SE • Present agent concepts in traditional SE terms, show vlaue • Bring key aspects/expertise of MAS & SOA together • Danny Weyns • Do we ask the right questions for using MAS? • Practical issues are a crucial concern • Integrate MAS expertise in mainstream SE perspective • Software architectures are important • Aditya Ghose • Agents are taken up in mainstream SE (e.g. SOA) • Mediate MAS development in industry • proactively connect with SOA • But keep the agent label alive

  4. Obstacles and Opportunities • We are not aware of industrial needs and limitations • State of the art of tools and methodologies far from realistic needs • Incremental invasion into industry • Lower development costs, ease of use • Demonstrate benefits, cases of success • Services as agents and vice versa • Why use agents at all?

  5. Summary (1) • MAS-centered approach • Need common MAS concepts • Architectures, cases and patterns are essential • Need accessible and powerful tools, languages and methodologies • Account for non-agent elements, address NFR • Practical aspects need attention: testing, verification and validation • Agents education in universities?

  6. Summary (2) • Relations between AOSE and other disciplines • Combine key ideas from MAS and SE • Work with SOA, Grid, … • Industry does not use what they do not need • Demonstrate relevance to needs • Cut costs, increase reliability, simplify … • No recognition by others, external communities • We are not going to have MAS, but software systems (which may exhibit MAS properties) • Meet requirements • Down to earth

  7. FOSE-MAS URL www.cs.kuleuven.be/~danny/fose-mas.php Thanks!