Modeling an Educational Multi-Agent System in MaSE.
Dr. Vera Maria Benjamim Werneck
, IME-Instituto de Matemática e Estatística, UERJ-Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Friday, February 11th, 2011, 4:00pm

Technology Enhanced Learning Building – TEL 3062

The growing complexity of modern systems is demanding more and more time from software designers and developers. The challenge of constructing complex systems is complicated by the geographic distribution of the systems. An agent oriented paradigm reinforces the software flexibility and the agent’s social possibilities, taking space as a solution in software engineering. The idea of independent and autonomous entities capable of relating in the search of the system goals originated the multi-agent systems, where at least two agents are capable of interaction. Such systems possess great applicability in different knowledge areas, as for example, in Education. This work defines an Education Multi-Agent System, which is a learning education environment with multi-agents. The system aims at helping the teaching process on a specific topic. The system agents were modeled using the MaSE (Multi-Agent System Engineering) method.

Bio: Vera Werneck is a Professor in Computer Science at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. Her research focuses on software engineering, software quality, expert systems, medical systems, and goal-oriented and agent-oriented methodologies. She has done comparative evaluations of various agent-oriented methodologies including i*/Tropos and MASE, and has applied them to diverse application domains, including intelligent agents in 3D virtual environments. Professor Werneck was a graduate in Mathematics (Informatics emphasis) at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1982). She obtained her Master’s (1990) and Ph.D. (1995) in Computer Science from the same university. In 2003-2004, she was a post-doctoral fellow at York University, Toronto, Canada.