Middleware-based multi-agent development environment for building and testing distributed intelligent systems


The spread of the Internet of Things (IoT) is demanding new, powerful architectures for handling the huge amounts of data produced by the IoT devices. In many scenarios, many existing isolated solutions applied to IoT devices use a set of rules to detect, report and mitigate malware activities or threats. This paper describes a development environment that allows the programming and debugging of such rule-based multi-agent solutions. The solution consists of the integration of a rule engine into the agent, the use of a specialized, wrapping agent class with a graphical user interface for programming and testing purposes, and a mechanism for the incremental composition of behaviors. Finally, a set of examples and a comparative study were accomplished to test the suitability and validity of the approach. The JADE multi-agent middleware has been used for the practical implementation of the approach.