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State-space reduction techniques in agent verification.

Bordini, R.H. and Fisher, M. and Visser, W. and Wooldridge, M. (2004) 'State-space reduction techniques in agent verification.', in Third International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2004, 19-23 July 2004, New York ; proceedings. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 896-903.

Abstract

We have developed a set of tools to allow the use of model-checking techniques for the verification of systems directly implemented in an agent-oriented programming language. The success of model checking as a verification technique for large systems is dependent partly on its use in combination with various state-space reduction techniques. An important example of such techniques is property-based slicing. This paper introduces an algorithm for property-based slicing of AgentSpeak multi-agent systems. We apply our approach to the AgentSpeak code for a scenario inspired by routine tasks of autonomous Mars rovers, and explain how slicing reduces the search space in theory. We consider experiments on such scenarios, and initial results show a significant reduction in the state space, thus indicating that this approach can have an important impact on the practicality of agent verification.

Item Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Agent-oriented programming, Property-based slicing.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/AAMAS.2004.242630
Record Created:25 Feb 2008
Last Modified:08 Nov 2010 10:41

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