A Commitment-Based Approach for Business Process Interoperation

Feng WAN
Sudhir Kumar RUSTOGI
Munindar P. SINGH

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E84-D    No.10    pp.1324-1332
Publication Date: 2001/10/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (IEICE/IEEE Joint Special Issue on Autonomous Decentralized Systems and Systems' Assurance)
Category: Electronic Commerce
commitments,  statecharts,  business process,  interoperation,  e-commerce,  

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Successful e-commerce presupposes techniques by which autonomous trading entities can interoperate. Although progress has been made on data exchange and payment protocols, interoperation in the face of autonomy is still inadequately understood. Current techniques, designed for closed environments, support only the simplest interactions. We develop a multiagent approach for interoperation of business process in e-commerce. This approach consists of (1) a behavioral model to specify autonomous, heterogeneous agents representing different trading entities (businesses, consumers, brokers), (2) a metamodel that provides a language (based on XML) for specifying a variety of service agreements and accommodating exceptions and revisions, and (3) an execution architecture that supports persistent and dynamic (re)execution.