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A Petri Net Based Agent Behavioral Testing

Zina Houhamdi1 and Belkacem Athamena2
  • 1 Department of Software Engineering, College of Engineering and Information Technology, United Arab Emirates
  • 2 Department of Management Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Al Ain University of Science and Technology, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


In Multi-Agent System (MAS), developers concentrate on creating design models and evolving them, from higher level models to lower level models, in several steps. Considerable part of MAS implementations is automatically produced from the design models. If a design model contains faults, they are passed to the generated implementations. Practical model validation techniques are required to discover and delete faults in abstract design models. We introduce a formal approach for agent design testing. It specifies a testing process that complements Multi-agent Systems Engineering (MaSE) methodology and strengthens the mutual relationship between UML and MAS. Besides, it defines a structured and comprehensive testing process for engineering software agents at the design level by providing a systematic way of converting the MAS design models to UML design diagram. Petri Net (PN) diagram is generated from the UML models to simulate the behavior of an agent. Because Petri Nets (PNs) are formal models, their analysis techniques can be applied to automatic agent behavioral testing.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 9 No. 11, 2012, 1876-1883


Submitted On: 13 June 2012 Published On: 10 September 2012

How to Cite: Houhamdi, Z. & Athamena, B. (2012). A Petri Net Based Agent Behavioral Testing. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 9(11), 1876-1883.

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  • Multi-Agent System (MAS)
  • Petri Net (PN)
  • Software Testing
  • Multi-Agent Systems Engineering (MaSE)
  • Task Diagram
  • Activity Diagram
  • Petri Net