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Interaction-Oriented Software Engineering: Programming abstractions for autonomy and decentralization

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/09/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>AI Communications
Issue number4
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)381-391
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We review the main ideas and elements of Interaction-Oriented Software Engineering (IOSE), a program of research that we have pursued for the last two decades, a span of time in which it has grown from philosophy to practical programming abstractions. What distinguishes IOSE from any other program of research is its emphasis on supporting autonomy by modeling the meaning of communication and using that as the basis for engineering decentralized sociotechnical systems. Meaning sounds esoteric but is the basis for practical decision making and a holy grail for the field of distributed systems. We describe our contributions so far, directions for research, and the potential for broad impact on computing.