Title: A middleware model in Alloy for supply chain-wide agent interactions
Authors: Haesevoets, Robrecht
Weyns, Danny
Cruz Torres, Mario Henrique
Helleboogh, Alexander
Holvoet, Tom
Joosen, Wouter
Issue Date: 20-Jul-2011
Publisher: Springer
Host Document: Agent-Oriented Software Engineering XI vol:6788 pages:189-204
Series Title: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Conference: AGENT ORIENTED SOFTWARE ENGINEERING edition:11 location:Toronto, Canada date:10-11 May 2010
Abstract: To support the complex coordination activities involved in supply chain management, more and more companies have autonomous software agents acting on their behalf. Due to confidentiality concerns, such as hiding sensitive information from competitors, agents typically only have a local view on the supply chain. In many situations, however, companies would like to expand the view of their agents to share valuable information such as transportation tracking and service delays. Non of the participating companies, however, has enough knowledge or authority to realize such interactions in a controlled manner.

In this paper, we present an organization middleware that offers a collaboration platform and enables agents to interact across the boundary of local interactions. Policies and laws enable companies to define the scope of interactions of their agents and the restrictions on their exposed information. Using Alloy, we formally define the relation between the interactions offered by the middleware, the exposed information and the provided policies and laws. This allows us to guarantee a number properties which are of particular interest to companies using the middleware.
ISBN: 978-3-642-22635-9
ISSN: 0302-9743
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Informatics Section

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