UCM (Use Case Maps) notation helps designers to capture system requirements and visualise design. UCM is mainly focused on system functionalities and they are easy to learn and understand. However, UCM suffers from a lack of standard formal semantics. This weakness can lead, in the rest of the development process, to several problems of inconsistency and ambiguity. In this paper, we present a novel approach for formalising UCM notation as an executable formal specification described in the Maude language Strategy, a recent extension of Maude. The main motivation of our work is essentially to provide a sound and rigorous description of complex systems described by UCM, which can help analysts, designers and developers, to automating their verification and validation processes. The proposed approach is applied on multi–agent systems (MAS) through of a real case study.

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Title Towards formalising use case maps in Maude strategy language: application to multi–agent systems
Authors F. Mokhati and Y. Menassel
Type Conference
Conference/Journal Title International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology
Volume/Number 47(2-3)
Publisher Inderscience
Month June
Year 2013
Pages 138-151
DOI 10.1504/IJCAT.2013.054347
Keywords UCM notation, multi–agent systems, MAS, Maude strategy language, formal specifications, translation, validation, agent–based systems, use case maps, formal semantics
Topic revision: r1 - 16 Mar 2014, DanielAmyot
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