Much current research is focussed on developing agent interaction protocols (AIPs) that will ensure seamless interaction amongst agents in multi agent systems. The research covers areas such as desired properties of AIPs, reasoning about interaction types, languages and tools for representing AIPs, and implementing AIPs. However, there has been little work on defining the structural make up of an agent interaction protocol, or defining dedicated approaches for developing agent interaction protocols from a clear problem definition to the final specification. This paper addresses these gaps. We present a dedicated approach for developing agent interaction protocols. Our approach is driven by an analysis of the application domain and our proposed structured agent interaction protocol definition.
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