Engineering Multi-Agent Systems: State of Affairs and the Road Ahead

Viviana Mascardi, Danny Weyns, Alessandro Ricci, Clara Benac Earle, Arthur Casals, Moharram Challenger et al. (2019). Engineering Multi-Agent Systems: State of Affairs and the Road Ahead. SIGSOFT Engineering Notes (SEN).

The continuous integration of software-intensive systems together with the ever-increasing computing power offer a breeding ground for intelligent agents and multi-agent systems (MAS) more than ever before. Over the past two decades, a wide variety of languages, models, techniques and methodologies have been proposed to engineer agents and MAS. Despite this substantial body of knowledge and expertise, the systematic engineering of large-scale and open MAS still poses many challenges. Researchers and engineers still face fundamental questions regarding theories, architectures, languages, processes, and platforms for designing, implementing, running, maintaining, and evolving MAS. This paper reports on the results of the 6th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS 2018, 14th-15th of July, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden), where participants discussed the issues above focusing on the state of affairs and the road ahead for researchers and engineers in this area.