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Automated Analysis and Verification of Agent Behavior


Comprehending and analyzing agent behavior is an arduous task due to complexities in agent systems and sophistication of agent behaviors, in addition to the common difficulties with any complex software system. This paper presents an integrated approach for the analysis and verification of behaviors of agentbased systems. The approach is a result of collaboration between the Tracer Tool and the TTL Checker, which together automate the analysis and verification of agents in an implemented agent system with the aim of aiding the user in redesigning, debugging, and maintaining the software system. The Tracer Tool ensures that the user’s comprehension of the system behavior is accurate and provides explanations of anomalous behavior, which can be detected as a failed behavioral property by the TTL Checker. The integrated approach has been applied successfully in a case study in the domain of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

T. Bosse, D. N. Lam, and K. S. Barber. Automated Analysis and Verification of Agent Behavior. In the
Proceedings of the Fifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS-2006); Hakodate, Japan; May 8-12, 2006. pp. 1317-1319.

Dave DeAngelis,
Jun 4, 2009, 1:18 PM