A New Way of Discovery of Belief, Desire and Intention in the BDI Agent-Based Software Modeling
Department of Computer Science, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA 92834-6870, USA
Agent-based programming has been emerged as a next generation programming paradigm. There are many different definitions and usage for agents. In our research, however, an agent is defined as an autonomous, concurrent and intelligent object. Furthermore, our agents are modeled by the belief-desire-intention (BDI) concept. An agent is embodied when it is assigned to its BDI. We call it a BDI agent. A software process defines a set of activities and associated artifacts that lead to the construction of a software system. We have developed a software process based on the BDI agent model that is useful for a systematic development of BDI agent-based software construction. We named our process as the BDI Agent-based Software Process (BDI ASP). This paper presents a new way of modeling technique in our BDI ASP. This work will convince us that the BDI ASP is very sound and practicable in agent software construction. We will provide a few examples as a case study with brief explanations of activities and artifacts in our process.