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Designing Criteria-Driven Scheduling as Integrated Service for IEEE-FIPA Compliant Multi-Agent Infrastructures

Christoph Hermann, Bernhard Jung, Paolo Petta

The Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) provides a rich set of standards for implementing industrial scale multi-agent infrastructures. Despite its manifold possibilities for achieving coordinated action execution based on interaction protocols, it lacks direct support of multi-agent planning and scheduling for goal directed action execution. In this paper, we discuss a design strategy to integrate Design-to-Criteria (DTC) scheduling using the Framework for Task Analysis, Environment Modeling and Simulation (TAEMS) for explicit partial modelling of coordination issues into FIPA infrastructures, as represented by the Java Agent DEvelopment Framework (JADE). Following the concept of "coordination as a service", we exploit the infrastructural facilities of the FIPA multi-agent platform, and re-use FIPA interaction protocols for exchange of partial TAEMS structures, as well as for committing to action execution.

Keywords: Multi-agent Systems, TAEMS, Java Agent DEvelopment Framework (JADE), Design-to-Criteria Scheduling (DTC), Coordination

Citation: Hermann C., Jung B., Petta P.: Designing Criteria-Driven Scheduling as Integrated Service for IEEE-FIPA Compliant Multi-Agent Infrastructures. Technical Report, Österreichisches Forschungsinstitut für Artificial Intelligence, Wien, TR-2007-09, 2007