• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2015, Volume: 8, Issue: 16, Pages: 1-8

Original Article

Executable Semantics for the Formal Specification and Verification of E-agents


Background: Software agents are expected to work autonomously and deal with unfamiliar situations astutely. Achieving cent percent test case coverage for these agents has always been a problem due to limited resources. Also a high degree of dependability is expected from autonomous software agents. Formal verification of these systems can be done by specifying the possible actions of the agents to increase the confidence in the correctness of such systems. Methods: We have used social approach of agent communication where actions of the agents are described as social obligation between the participants. Formal specification of e-agents was done using µ-calculus as it is more expressive than Linear Temporal Logic (LTL). An algorithm has been given for syntactic conversion of µ-calculus formulas to TAPA model checker environment. Results: Using converstion algorithm syntactically modified µ-calculus formulas will be executed on TAPA model checker to verify the system being modelled for the specified properties. Application: The study will help to provide future directions for formal modelling of e-agents for their correct functioning.
Keywords: Agent Communication, Model Checking, µ-Calculus, µ TAPA Model Checker


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