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Quality Assurance of Agent-Based and Self-Managed Systems

1st Edition

By Reiner Dumke, Steffen Mencke, Cornelius Wille

CRC Press

176 pages | 63 B/W Illus.

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The challenges in implementing intelligent and autonomous software systems remain the development of self-adapting systems, self-healing applications, corporate global creation, and collaborated robotic teams. With software agent technology widely recognized as a key approach in implementing such global infrastructure, the importance of the role of quality assurance of agent-based systems and system development is growing daily.

Based on the authors’ more than fifteen years of experience in software agent technology, Quality of Agent-Based and Self-Managed Systems presents the basics principles and structures of agent technology. It covers the main quality issues of software system development and provides examples of agent measurement and evaluation. The authors focus on software agent systems and multi-agent systems (MAS) and discuss the determination of quality properties. They also explain different techniques and approaches to evaluate the development of MAS. The final chapter summarizes quality assurance approaches for agent-based systems and discusses some open problems and future directions.

Although often complex and difficult to manage, the applications for software agent systems in essential life systems increase every day. Since the quality of the agent-based self-managing systems is a central point of software risks, analyzing, evaluating, and improving the quality measurement situation will always be a concern when developing these systems. With more than sixty illustrations and twenty tables, this book builds a foundation in quality and quality control for agent-based technology.

Table of Contents

Software Agent Technology

Why Agent-Based Systems?

Basic Definitions

Agent Properties

Classification of Agents

Basic Agent Architectures

Multi-Agent Systems

Agent Interaction

Software Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance Basics

Quality Measurement and Evaluation

Quality Assurance of Agent-Based Systems

Agent Quality Measurement and Evaluation


Review of Agent Measurement Examples


Quality Measurement of Agent Systems


Quality Measurement Approaches of MAS

Quality Measurement Examples of MAS Development

Measurement Evaluation of MAS Development Resources



Summary and Current Situation

Open Questions and Future Directions


Agent Measurement Author List

About the Authors

Reiner R. Dumke is currently working at the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, Germany, as a professor with software engineering as research field. He is one of the founders of the Software Measurement Laboratory ([email protected]) of the computer science department at the University of Magdeburg and co-editor of the Measurement News Journal.

Steffen Mencke holds a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science (2005) and a Ph.D. degree from the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, Germany. The German state of Saxony-Anhalt awarded him a scholarship to work on his Ph.D. thesis about "Proactive Ontology-Based Content Provision in the Context of e-Learning", which he successfully defended in 2008. His research interest covers the Semantic Web, Agent Technology, e-Learning and Software Engineering.

Cornelius Wille teaches in software engineering as a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Bingen, Germany.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / Systems Analysis & Design
COMPUTERS / Internet / General