Business rules for creating process flexibility: Mapping RIF rules and BDI rules

  • Gong Y
  • Overbeek S
  • Janssen M
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Business rules and software agents can be used for creating flexible
business processes. The Rule Interchange Format (RIF) is a new W3C
recommendation standard for exchanging rules among disparate systems.
Yet, the impact that the introduction of RIF has on the design of
flexible business processes is unclear. Intelligent software agents can
be used to create dynamic business processes. The BDI architectural
style is regarded as the predominant approach for the implementation of
intelligent agents. It is expected that using RIF can enhance the
reasoning capability of agents. Yet, these two developments are not
connected. In this research, an approach is developed for integrating
RIF and BDI agents. This approach consists of an integration
architecture and equivalence principles for rule translation. The
equivalence principles are demonstrated using examples. The results show
that the approach allows the integration of RIF with BDI agent
programming and in this way enhances agent reasoning capabilities.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Agent-based Simulation
  • AgentSpeak
  • BDI
  • Business Process Management
  • Business Rule
  • Flexibility
  • RIF

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  • Marijn JanssenTechnische Universiteit Delft Faculteit Techniek Bestuur en Management

  • Yiwei Gong

  • Sietse Overbeek

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