Case Studies for Contract-based Systems

Martin Kollingbaum

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution

20 Citations (Scopus)


Of the ways in which agent behaviour can be regulated in a multiagent system, electronic contracting – based on explicit representation of different parties' responsibilities, and the agreement of all parties to them – has significant potential for modern industrial applications. Based on this assumption, the CONTRACT project aims to develop and apply electronic contracting and contract-based monitoring and verification techniques in real world applications. This paper presents results from the initial phase of the project, which focused on requirement solicitation and analysis. Specifically, we survey four use cases from diverse industrial applications, examine how they can benefit from an agent-based electronic contracting infrastructure and outline the technical requirements that would be placed on such an infrastructure. The designed CONTRACT architecture is presented and we describe how it may fulfil these requirements. In addition to motivating our work on the contractbased infrastructure, the paper aims to provide a much needed community resource in terms of use case themselves and to provide a clear commercial context for the development of work on contract-based system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Subtitle of host publicationIndustry and Applications Track
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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