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Simulating, Off-Chain and On-Chain: Agent-Based Simulations in Cross-Organizational Business Processes

by Timotheus Kampik 1,2,* and Amro Najjar 3
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Signavio GmbH, 10787 Berlin, Germany
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Department of Computing Science, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
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AI-Robolab/ICR, Department of Computer Science and Communications, University of Luxembourg, 4365 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
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This paper is an extended version of our previous papers “MAS-Aided Approval for Bypassing Decentralized Processes: An Architecture” and “Integrating Multi-agent Simulations into Enterprise Application Landscapes” presented at the Workshop on Blockchain Technology for Multi-Agent Systems (BTC4MAS) in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Information 2020, 11(1), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/info11010034
Received: 28 November 2019 / Revised: 26 December 2019 / Accepted: 6 January 2020 / Published: 7 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Blockchain Technologies for Multi-Agent Systems)
Information systems execute increasingly complex business processes, often across organizations. Blockchain technology has emerged as a potential facilitator of (semi)-autonomous cross-organizational business process execution; in particular, so-called consortium blockchains can be considered as promising enablers in this context, as they do not require the use of cryptocurrency-based blockchain technology, as long as the trusted (authenticated) members of the network are willing to provide computing resources for consensus-finding. However, increased autonomy in the execution of business processes also requires the delegation of business decisions to machines. To support complex decision-making processes by assessing potential future outcomes, agent-based simulations can be considered a useful tool for the autonomous enterprise. In this paper, we explore the intersection of multi-agent simulations and consortium blockchain technology in the context of enterprise applications by devising architectures and technology stacks for both off-chain and on-chain agent-based simulation in the context of blockchain-based business process execution. View Full-Text
Keywords: business process execution; multi-agent simulation; blockchain technology business process execution; multi-agent simulation; blockchain technology
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