Agent-Oriented Information Systems: 5th International Bi-Conference Workshop, AOIS 2003, Melbourne, Australia, July 14, 2003 and Chicago, IL, USA, October 13th, 2003, Revised Selected Papers

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Paolo Giorgini, Brian Henderson-Sellers, Michael Winikoff
Springer Science & Business Media, May 25, 2004 - Computers - 210 pages
Thisproceedingsvolumeofthe5thAOISWorkshopisanopportunityforlooking back at ?ve years of organizing AOIS workshops. What did we achieve with the AOIS workshop series? Where were we ?ve years ago, where are we now? Did ourthemeimpactontheinformationsystems?eldinthewaythatwehadhoped for? AOIS workshops have taken place in Seattle, Heidelberg, Stockholm, Austin, Montr ́ eal, Interlaken, Toronto, Bologna, Melbourne, and Chicago, always in c- junction with a major conference on either multiagent systems in arti?cial - telligence (AI/MAS) or information systems (IS). We have tried to innovate in holding these workshops as biconference events (each year AOIS held two wo- shop events, one at an AI/MAS conference and one at an IS conference), as well as using the AOIS web site as a medium for communication among researchers. So, certainly, we have reached a wide audience of researchers around the world from both the AI/MAS and IS communities. But did we also manage to build up a dedicated AOIS community? Five years ago, we wrote: “Agent concepts could fundamentally alter the nature of information systems of the future, and how we build them, much like structured analysis, ER modeling, and Object-Orientation has precipitated fundamental changes in IS practice. ” Of course, a period of ?ve years is too short for evaluating the success or failure of a new scienti?c paradigm. But still we may observe that while most IS conferences meanwhile list agents as one of their many preferred topics, agent-orientation is generally not considered to be a fundamental IS paradigm.
 

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Contents

Application to an Information Multiagent System
1
An AgentOriented Information System for Applications in Education
16
Cooperative Search in P2P Information Systems
32
AgentBased Support for Mobile Users Using AgentSpeakL
45
Design Simulation and Evaluation
61
Comparing AgentOriented Methodologies
78
A Framework for Evaluating AgentOriented Methodologies
94
The Importance of Being Purposive
110
Towards a More Expressive and Refinable Multiagent System Engineering Methodology
126
A Pattern Language for Motivating the Use of Agents
142
A Practical AgentBased Approach to Requirements Engineering for Sociotechnical Systems
158
Towards a General Architecture for AgentBased Discrete Event Simulation
174
Modelling Institutional Communicative and Physical Domains in Agent Oriented Information Systems
189
Author Index
206
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