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Grenna, Roberto ; Baldoni, Matteo ; Boella, Guido ; van der Torre, Leendert ; Dorni, Mauro ; Mugnaini, Andrea ; Genovese, Valerio

Adding Organizations and Roles as Primitives to the JADE Framework

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The organization metaphor is often used in the design and implementation
of multiagent systems. However, few agent programming languages
provide facilities to define them. Several frameworks are proposed to coordinate MAS with organizations, but they are not programmable with general purpose languages. In this paper we extend the JADE framework with primitives to program in Java organizations structured in roles and to enable agents to play roles in organizations. Roles facilitate the coordination of agents inside an organization and give new abilities in the context of organizations, called powers, to the agents which satisfy the requirements necessary to play the roles. As primitives to program organizations and roles we provide classes and protocols which enable an agent to enact a new role in an organization and to interact with the role by invoking the execution of powers, and to receive new goals to be fulfilled. Roles have state and behaviour, thus, they are instances of classes and are strictly connected with the organization offering them. Since roles and organizations can be on a different platform with respect to the role player, the communication with them happens via protocols. Moreover, since, besides using protocols, roles and organizations can have complex behaviours, they are implemented by extending the JADE agent class.

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  author =	{Grenna, Roberto and Baldoni, Matteo and Boella, Guido and van der Torre, Leendert and Dorni, Mauro and Mugnaini, Andrea and Genovese, Valerio},
  title =	{{Adding Organizations and Roles as Primitives to the JADE Framework}},
  booktitle =	{Programming Multi-Agent Systems},
  pages =	{1--17},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2008},
  volume =	{8361},
  editor =	{Rafael Bordini and Mehdi Dastani and J\"{u}rgen Dix and Amal El Fallah-Seghrouchni},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-16396},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.08361.4},
  annote =	{Keywords: Roles, Organizations, JADE}

Keywords: Roles, Organizations, JADE
Collection: 08361 - Programming Multi-Agent Systems
Issue Date: 2008
Date of publication: 04.11.2008

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