Form 9.B Project Summary

Chron: 972235

Proposal Number: 13.01-3155B

Project Title: Software Design Methology for Multiagent Software

Technical Abstract (Limit 200 words)

The Phase 1 SBIR project herein proposed is based on an innovative software design methodology for designing and implementing multiagent systems that are robust, reliable, and high-performance. Autonomous agent technology is extremely suitable for complex decision making systems in a wide range of applications, including factory automation, supply-chain integration, electronic commerce, and transportation logistics planning. Until recently the work on multiagent systems has been mostly academic, and progress has been impeded by the lack of software design methodologies and support tools for implementing industry-strength multiagent systems. Intelligent Automation Inc. has been working on multiagent systems for several years. As part of our implementation efforts, we have developed the beginnings of a software design methodology for agents which facilitates reusability of both designs and implementations, as well as facilitates clear communication among participants in the analysis, design and implementation phases. It has the potential to significantly reduce the software development cycle duration and cost, and improve the quality and maintainability of the resulting implementations. The work herein proposed will refine the methodology, and will develop tools based on this methodology.

Potential Commercial Applications (Limit 200 words)

We expect the resulting agent technology and commercial tools to be used to develop on-line commerce applications, factory automation, logistics, and other applications. Our work has instigated great interest in companies specializing in software design and development platforms. Following our research effort, we expect to produce a commercial suite of agent design tools.

Name and Address of Principal Investigator (Name,

Organization Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip)

Kutluhan Erol

Intelligent Automation, Inc.

2 Research Place, Suite 202

Rockville , MD 20850

Name and Address of Offeror (Firm Name, Mail Address,


Joseph E. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Intelligent Automation, Inc.

2 Research Place, Suite 202

Rockville , MD 20850