Applying Tropos to Socio-Technical system design and runtime configuration
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Authors: Dalpiaz, F., Ali, R., Asnar, Y., Bryl, V. and Giorgini, P.
Journal: 9th Workshop "From Objects to Agents", WOA 2008 - Evolution of Agent Development: Methodologies, Tools, Platforms and Languages
Recent trends in Software Engineering have introduced the importance of reconsidering the traditional idea of software design as a socio-tecnical problem, where human agents are integral part of the system along with hardware and software components. Design and runtime support for Socio-Technical Systems (STSs) requires appropriate modeling techniques and non-traditional infrastructures. Agent-oriented software methodologies are natural solutions to the development of STSs, both humans and technical components are conceptualized and analyzed as part of the same system. In this paper, we illustrate a number of Tropos features that we believe fundamental to support the development and runtime reconfiguration of STSs. Particularly, we focus on two critical design issues: risk analysis and location variability. We show how they are integrated and used into a planning-based approach to support the designer in evaluating and choosing the best design alternative. Finally, we present a generic framework to develop self-reconfigurable STSs.