TitleEngineering multi-agent systems as electronic institutions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsSierra C, Rodríguez-Aguilar JA, Noriega P, Esteva M, Arcos JLluis
JournalUPGRADE The European Journal for the Informatics Professional

As the complexity of real-world applications increases, particularly with the advent of the Internet, there is a need to incorporate organisational abstractions into computing systems to ease their design, development, and maintenance. Electronic institutions are at the heart of this approach. Electronic institutions provide a computational analogue of human organisations in which human and intelligent agents playing different organisational roles interact to accomplish individual and organisational goals. In this paper we introduce an integrated development environment that supports the engineering of a particular type of distributed system, namely multi-agent systems, as electronic institutions.