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This FIPA Technical Committee will focus on the identification of a methodology for developing of multi-agent systems.

Existing development methodologies have different advantages when applied to specific problems. It is therefore possible to think that the developer of a MAS would like to use phases or models or elements coming from different methodologies in order to build up a personalized approach for his own problem.

In order to reuse contributions coming from existing methodologies we will adopt the method engineering (see the metamodel page for some references) as the referring paradigm. In this context the development methodology is constructed by the developer assembling pieces of the process (method fragments) from a method base. In this way he/she could obtain the best process for his/her specific need/problem.

We will take method fragments (the composing elements of the development methodology) from several existing methodologies like: AOR, Cassiopeia, Gaia, Mase, Message, PASSI, Tropos, and so on, if these fragments are coherent with the FIPA architecture. Other novel and specific contributions will be considered as well.



Massimo Cossentino (ICAR/CNR),

Co-Chair Radovan Cervenka (Whitestein Technologies),
TC plan Plan of the TC (.doc, 51KB)
TC  members Members list
TC Meetings 1) Palermo, 10-12 Feb. 2003 (report)
2) London, 18-21 Nov. 2003 (report)
3) Barcelona, 17-19 Mar 2004 (report, presentation and docs)
4) Washington, 14-16, July 2004 (resolutions and agenda, doc on repository structure (working draft), TC Methodology presentation)
5) Budapest, 13-14, September 2005 (agenda and discussion, resolutions)
Current activities 1) Glossary of development methodologies related terms (first release available at glossary page);
2) Metamodel specification (Fragment Specification here)
3) Identification of the method base architecture
4) Collection of method fragments (first docs available here)
5) Guidelines for methodology composition
Schedule The activities of this TC will be scheduled as follows: