Web service composition via organisation-based (re)planning

David Corsar*, Alison Chorley, Wamberto W. Vasconcelos

*Corresponding author for this work

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The benefits of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) for business, such as reduced costs and development time, are well recognised, however one of the most challenging steps in using SOA is defining the correct composition of services for a particular business process. Quickly recognised as a task where computer automation could help, various approaches have been proposed, including the use of AI techniques for planning service compositions. However, these techniques can perform poorly due to the search space explosion caused by dealing with the vast number of available services that must be composed. In this paper we present an approach to composing Web services, using software agents to enact plans of actions which achieve organisational goals, where each action specifies what should be achieved as opposed to which service to use. When enacting an action, agents use a matchmaking process to determine services that can be used to achieve the desired effects, intelligently handling any errors that may occur. The action plans are based on an organisation model in which organisational goals are refined into scenes, landmarks, and objectives, allowing the set of actions available to the plan synthesis mechanism to be tailored to the goal being targeted at that specific time, further reducing the planning search space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeclarative Agent Languages and Technologies IX - 9th International Workshop, DALT 2011, Revised Selected and Invited Papers
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783642291135
ISBN (Print)9783642291128
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2012
Event9th International Workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies, DALT 2011 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 3 May 20113 May 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7169 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th International Workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies, DALT 2011
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China


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