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Agent-based integration of Web Services with Workflow Management Systems.

Savarimuthu, Bastin Tony Roy; Purvis, Maryam; Purvis, Martin; Cranefield, Stephen

In: AAMAS '05: Proceedings of the fourth international joint conference on Autonomous agents and multiagent systems, pages 1345-1346. New York, NY, USA: ACM Press, 2005.

Abstract: Rapid changes in the business environment call for more flexible and adaptive workflow systems. Researchers have proposed that Workflow Management Systems (WfMSs) comprising multiple agents can provide these capabilities. We have developed a multiagent based workflow system, JBees, which supports distributed process models and the adaptability of executing processes. Modern workflow systems should also have the flexibility to integrate available Web Services as they are updated. In this paper we discuss how our agent-based architecture can be used to bind and access Web Services in the context of executing a workflow process model.

Keywords: multi-agent systems; web services; workflow systems.

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