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A Formal Holonic Framework with Proved Self-Organizing Capabilities

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In International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems, vol. 16(1), pp. 7-25, World Scientific Publishing, 2007.
Numerous works aim to design agents and multi-agent systems architectures in order to enable cooperation and coordination between agents. Most of them use organizational structures or societies metaphor to define the MAS architecture. It seems improbable that a rigid unscalable organization could handle a real world problem, so it is interesting to provide agents with abilities to self-organize according to problem’s objectives and environment dynamics. We have chosen the holonic paradigm to provide these abilities to agents. Holons are recursive self-similar entities which are organized in an emergent society - an holarchy. The aim of this paper is to present a formally specified framework for holonic MAS which allows agents to self-organize. The framework is illustrated by an example drawn from a real world problem. Some pertinent properties concerning the self-organizing capabilities of this framework are then proved.
Formal specification; Engineering emergent societies; Organizational struc- tures and roles
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