Can Tags Build Working Systems?
From MABS to ESOA
CPM Report No.: 03-117.
By: David Hales and Bruce Edmonds
Date: 20 May 2003.
Presented at the ESOA workshop at the AAMAS 2003 Conference (15th July 2003).
Published as: Hales, D. and Edmonds, B. (2004) Can Tags Build Working
Systems? - From MABS to ESOA. In Serugendo, G. Di M., et al. (eds.) Engineering
Self-Organising Systems. Springer, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence,
We outline new results coming from multi-agent based social simulation
(MABS) that harness “tag-based” mechanisms in the production of
self-organized behavior in simulation models. These tag mechanisms
have, hitherto, been given sociological or biological interpretations.
Here we attempt to move towards the application of these mechanisms to
issues in self-organizing software engineering – i.e. how to program
software agents that can self-organize to solve real problems. We also
speculate how tags might inform the design of an unblockable P2P
adaptive protocol layer.