Rome Meeting
AOSE Meeting Programme
AL3-TF1 Programme
Call for contributions



TFG Proposal



Agent-Oriented Software Engineering TFG
AL3 Rome Event


29-09-04: Rome meeting report is available here.
: Programme is available here.
22-06-04: 16 contributions received! Review and scheduling are in process. Agenda will be published by the end of the week



The scope of this TFG is to work on methodologies for the design and development of Multi-Agent Systems. Up to date, several works focused on the analysis and design phases; actually a great number of methodologies are dealing with them: ADELFE, GAIA, INGENIAS, MASE, MESSAGE, PASSI, PROMETHEUS or TROPOS to list just a few of them. This TFG focuses on both the methodological aspect of designing a MAS and the related technological support provided by CAME/CASE CASE tools.
We are looking for an answer to questions like: which is the right direction for the future in AOSE? How to reuse works already done about methodologies? Which kind of CASE do we need to design MAS? How can they interact with other development tools? How can we select/evaluate/validate a methodology?


Main topics of the Rome meeting

  1. MAS Meta-models. We will study the MAS meta-models linked with existing methodologies in order to evaluate the possibility of grounding future methodologies on a common meta-model including templates and patterns for different types of agent and types of agent systems as recommended in the Roadmap of AgentLink II (page 35).
  2. Methodologies Benchmarking. The relevant number of existing methodologies encourages a great attention towards the identification of one or several benchmarks that could be used to test and evaluate the different approaches.
  3. Methodologies Unification. The AgentLink II Roadmap lists the availability of standard agent design methodologies as one of the objectives to be reached by 2008. Some activities already exists in this direction (FIPA Methodology and Modeling TCs) that aim to define a standard modeling language and identify several methodology fragments that could be used (or reused) to build a new methodology process in a flexible manner.

How to Participate (Submission of contributions is closed)

Three ways of participating to this event are possible:

  • By answering the call for contributions about a specific MAS meta-model. A short text (2 or 3 pages) describing the meta-model or some slides must be sent to the TFG’s chair (cf. above) by June 18th. A selection will be done and the authors of accepted proposals will be informed by June 23th. 
  • By providing some information about case-studies, benchmarks, significant parameters and quality indexes of design methodologies in order to study them during the meeting. Send the descriptive text in a file (raw text, pdf, ps or MS Word) to the chair by June 21th.
  • By preparing a description of your MAS design methodology (if you created/adapted one) in terms of: name, reference materials (links to papers, web sites, ...), contact person, design tool (if a specific one is needed), modelling language adopted, scope of the methodology (e.g.: BDI/state-based/self-adaptive agents, information systems/robotics, …), short description of the methodology (half page).
  • By attending the meeting in Rome. Please inform the chair before your venue to enable him to send you all the needed documents before the meeting.

Please send all contributions to cossentino(at)

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See the TF1 event page. Remember to register!


TFG Chair

Massimo Cossentino, ICAR-CNR (National Research Council), cossentino(at)

Organizing Committee

  • Carole Bernon, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France - bernon(at) –

  • Juan Pavón, Universidad Complutense Madrid, jpavon(at),

  • Paola Turci, University of Parma, Parma (Italy), turci(at)

  • Franco Zambonelli, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, franco.zambonelli(at)

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TFC Promoters

  • Federico Bergenti, University of Parma, Parma (Italy), bergenti(at)

  • Paolo Bresciani, IRST - Istituto per La Ricerca Scientifica e Tecnologica, I-38050 TRENTO-POVO, Italy, bresciani(at)

  • Monique Calisti, Whitestein Technologies, Zurich (Switzerland), mca(at)

  • Radovan Cervenka, Whitestein Technologies, Bratislava (Slovak Republic), rce(at)

  • Giancarlo Fortino, DEIS - Università della Calabria, Italy. g.fortino(at),

  • Alfredo Garro, Università Della Calabria, Arcavacata di Rende (CS), Italy, garro(at),

  • Paolo Giorgini, University of Trento (Italy), paolo.giorgini(at),

  • Marie-Pierre Gleizes, Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France – gleizes(at) –

  • Zahia Guessom, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), Paris, France. Zahia.Guessoum(at),

  • Marc-Philippe Huget, Leibniz-IMAG/MAGMA, Grenoble, France, Marc-Philippe.Huget(at),

  • Denis Jouvin, LIRIS, Université CLaude Bernard Lyon I, djouvin(at)

  • Vito Morreale, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica, vito.morreale(at)

  • Michael Rovatsos, department of informatics, technical university of munich, rovatsos(at)

  • Arnon Sturm, Department of Information System Engineeing, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel – sturm(at) –

  • Steven Willmott, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona (Spain), steve(at),


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