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Business Process Model Based Multi-agent System Development

Li Guo (Ed.), Yun-Heh Chen-Burger, Dave Robertson

Conference or Workshop Paper
The Second Workshop On Collaboration Agents: Autonomous Agents for Collaborative Environments
September, 2004
ISBN 0-9734039-4-2

Traditional workflow management systems are normally governed by automated processes which define the flow of work throughout the organizations. However, such processes know only about themselves, they do not possess any meta-level awareness. Furthermore, they are not designed to utilize or understand ontologies; they are not capable of autonomous action, intentional communication, or deliberatively cooperative behavior. In contrast, agents possess all of these capabilities. In this paper, we propose an approach to designing multi-agent system interaction protocols using a business process model as the first step in multi-agent system based workflow system enactment.

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