Visible to the public Computing Theory and Composability, 2014

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Computing Theory and Composability


The sole research article that combined computing theory with composability was presented in April 2014 at the Symposium on Agent Directed Simulation. 

Mingxin Zhang, Alexander Verbraeck. “A Composable PRS-Based Agent Meta-Model for Multi-Agent Simulation Using the DEVS Framework.” ADS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 Symposium on Agent Directed Simulation, April 2014, Article No. 1., 8 pages. doi: (not provided)
Abstract: This paper presents a composable cognitive agent meta-model for multi-agent simulation based on the DEVS (Discrete Event System Specification) framework. We describe an attempt to compose a PRS-based cognitive agent by merely combining "plug and play" DEVS components, show how this DEVS-based cognitive agent meta-model is extensible to serve as a higher-level component for M&S of multi-agent systems, and how the agent meta-model components are reusable to ease cognitive agent modelling development. In addition to an overview of our agent meta-model, we also describe the components of the model specification and services in detail. To test the feasibility of our design, we constructed a simulation based on a Rock-Paper-Scissors game scenario. We also give out comparisons between this agent meta-model and other cognitive agent models. Our agent meta-model is novel in terms of both agent and agent components as these are all abstracted using the DEVS formalism. As different implementations of agent model components are based on the same meta-model components, all the developed agent model components can be reused in the development of other agent models which increases the composability of the agent model, and the whole cognitive agent model can be considered as a coupled model in the DEVS model hierarchy which supports multi-hierarchy modelling.
Keywords: DEVS, PRS, agent model, cognitive architecture, composability (ID#: 15-5831)


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