Development of Ontologies for Reasoning and Communication in Multi-Agent Systems

Sebastian Törsleff, Constantin Hildebrandt, Alexander Fay

Abstract

In future cyber-physical systems, such as smart factories and energy grids, ontologies can serve as the enabler for semantically precise communication as well as for knowledge representation and reasoning. Multi-agent systems have shown to be a suitable software development paradigm for cyber-physical systems and may well profit from harnessing ontologies in terms of reduced engineering effort and better interoperability. This contribution presents a development methodology for ontologies that enable communication and reasoning in Multi-Agent Systems for cyber-physical systems. The methodology is unique in addressing a set of requirements specific to this application domain.

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