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New Software Engineering Study Findings Recently Were Reported by Researchers at Beihang University

February 13, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- Current study results on Software Engineering have been published. According to news originating from Beijing, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "An increasing number of social computational systems consist of a great amount of autonomous entities and operate in highly dynamic and unpredictable environments. To construct such systems needs to seek high-level abstraction to manage the complexity of the systems and novel mechanism to support their characteristics, i.e., dynamism and flexibility."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Beihang University, "Agent-oriented programming (AOP) is considered as a potential paradigm for developing such systems by exhibiting a number of characteristics, such as autonomy, flexibility, social ability, etc. However, current researches on AOP mainly focus on the construction of multi-agent system (MAS) with theory and language facilities inspired from artificial intelligence (AI) and distributed AI, seldom considering and integrating the proven principles and practices of programming and software engineering. Moreover, abstractions and mechanism based on AI are inadequate for developing dynamic and flexible MAS in open environment. This paper proposes a novel AOP approach, namely Oragent, for constructing and implementing dynamic and flexible systems. From a software engineering perspective, Oragent integrates organizational concepts and mechanism into AOP language, and support the dynamism and flexibility with explicit primitives. The proposed approach consists of a programming model and a corresponding programming language."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This paper presents the syntax and formal operational semantics of Oragent language, and studies a case to demonstrate our approach."

For more information on this research see: Organization-based agent-oriented programming: model, mechanisms, and language. Frontiers of Computer Science, 2014;8(1):33-51. Frontiers of Computer Science can be contacted at: Higher Education Press, Shatanhou St 55, Beijing 100009, Peoples R China. (Springer - www.springer.com; Frontiers of Computer Science - www.springerlink.com/content/2095-2228/)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from C.Y. Hu, Beihang Univ, State Key Lab Software Dev Environm, Beijing 100191, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include X.J. Mao, M.J. Li and Z. Zhu.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Beijing, Software Engineering, People's Republic of China

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