Improving the Usability of a MAS DSML

Tomás Miranda, Moharram Challenger, Baris Tekin Tezel, Omer Faruk Alaca, Ankica Barišić, Vasco Amaral, Miguel Goulão, Geylani Kardas

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Abstract

Context: A significant effort has been devoted to the design and implementation of various domain-specific modeling languages (DSMLs) for the software agents domain. Problem: Language usability is often tackled in an ad-hoc way, with the collection of anecdotal evidence supporting the process. However, usability plays an important role in the productivity, learnability and, ultimately, in the adoption of a MAS DSML by agent developers. Method: In this chapter, we discuss how the principles of The “Physics” of Notations (PoN) can be applied to improve the visual notation of a MAS DSML, called SEA_ML and evaluate the result in terms of usability. Results: The evolved version of the language, SEA_ML++, was perceived as significantly improved in terms of icons comprehensibility, adequacy and usability, as a direct result of employing the principles of PoN. However, users were not significantly more efficient and effective with SEA_ML++, suggesting these 2 properties were not chiefly constrained by the identified shortcomings of the SEA_ML concrete syntax.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Multi-Agent Systems - 6th International Workshop, EMAS 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsViviana Mascardi, Danny Weyns, Alessandro Ricci
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages55-75
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-25693-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-25692-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event6th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems, EMAS 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 14 Jul 201815 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Volume11375 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference6th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems, EMAS 2018
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period14/07/1815/07/18

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Domain-specific Languages
Modeling Language
Usability
Notation
Physics
Software agents
Learnability
Software Agents
Productivity
Concretes
Modeling languages
Evaluate
Language

Keywords

  • Domain specific modeling language
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Physics of Notations
  • SEA_ML
  • Usability

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Miranda, T., Challenger, M., Tezel, B. T., Alaca, O. F., Barišić, A., Amaral, V., ... Kardas, G. (2019). Improving the Usability of a MAS DSML. In V. Mascardi, D. Weyns, & A. Ricci (Eds.), Engineering Multi-Agent Systems - 6th International Workshop, EMAS 2018, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 55-75). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11375 LNAI). Cham: Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25693-7_4
Miranda, Tomás ; Challenger, Moharram ; Tezel, Baris Tekin ; Alaca, Omer Faruk ; Barišić, Ankica ; Amaral, Vasco ; Goulão, Miguel ; Kardas, Geylani. / Improving the Usability of a MAS DSML. Engineering Multi-Agent Systems - 6th International Workshop, EMAS 2018, Revised Selected Papers. editor / Viviana Mascardi ; Danny Weyns ; Alessandro Ricci. Cham : Springer Verlag, 2019. pp. 55-75 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)).
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Miranda, T, Challenger, M, Tezel, BT, Alaca, OF, Barišić, A, Amaral, V, Goulão, M & Kardas, G 2019, Improving the Usability of a MAS DSML. in V Mascardi, D Weyns & A Ricci (eds), Engineering Multi-Agent Systems - 6th International Workshop, EMAS 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), vol. 11375 LNAI, Springer Verlag, Cham, pp. 55-75, 6th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems, EMAS 2018, Stockholm, Sweden, 14/07/18. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25693-7_4

Improving the Usability of a MAS DSML. / Miranda, Tomás; Challenger, Moharram; Tezel, Baris Tekin; Alaca, Omer Faruk; Barišić, Ankica; Amaral, Vasco; Goulão, Miguel; Kardas, Geylani.

Engineering Multi-Agent Systems - 6th International Workshop, EMAS 2018, Revised Selected Papers. ed. / Viviana Mascardi; Danny Weyns; Alessandro Ricci. Cham : Springer Verlag, 2019. p. 55-75 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11375 LNAI).

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Miranda T, Challenger M, Tezel BT, Alaca OF, Barišić A, Amaral V et al. Improving the Usability of a MAS DSML. In Mascardi V, Weyns D, Ricci A, editors, Engineering Multi-Agent Systems - 6th International Workshop, EMAS 2018, Revised Selected Papers. Cham: Springer Verlag. 2019. p. 55-75. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25693-7_4