A Framework for Developing Reactive Information Agents with Heterogeneous
Dimitris Vyzovitis and Keith L. Clark
In this paper we present a generic framework for developing complex
distributed applications in open information environments, using reactive
agents as basic building blocks. We address agent architecture and
collaboration issues by introducing a minimal agent architecture, the
Reactive Information Agent, and adopting a flexible asynchronous
communication infrastructure, the Inter-Agent Communication Model.
Finally, we present an implementation of the framework which allows agent
designers to rapidly develop multi-agent systems based on simple
heterogeneous computational elements, which are mobile, adaptive,
reflective, and dynamically reconfigurable during the system lifetime.
Heterogeneous Information Agents, Mobile Agents, Agent Development
Framework, Agent Architecture
To appear in Proceedings of The Fifth International Symposium on
Autonomous Decentralized Systems, IEEE Computer
Society Press, 2001
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