Readings in Agents

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Michael N. Huhns, Munindar Paul Singh
Morgan Kaufmann, 1998 - Computers - 523 pages
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The world of agents comprises a broad range of intelligent programs that perform specific tasks on behalf of their users. Agents are distinguished from other types of software by their status as independent entities capable of completing complex assignments without intervention, rather than as tools that must be manipulated by a user. Largely the province of speculation before the early 1990s, agent research has flourished since the advent of the Internet, which has created an ideal operating environment.

This important collection unifies the extensive recent literature on agent technology, presenting a wealth of the finest published papers on both theory and applications. Huhns and Singh have drawn on research communities in AI, databases, distributed computing, and programming languages to assemble the most comprehensive overview of the agent world available. The editors add a summary of the field and its terminology, history, and major issues, together with introductions to each of the thematic chapters and discussions of the significance and context of the individual papers.

Focuses on:
+ applications of agents
+ classical techniques for agent construction
+ theory for modeling and understanding agents
+ intellectual frontiers in agent science.

Researchers, practitioners, and students will gain the essential background and perspective needed to understand and appreciate current and future agent research.
  

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Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter 2
25
Industrial Applications of Distributed Al
31
An Experiment in Integrating Concurrent Engineering Systems
46
A SoftbotBased Interface to the Internet
75
Collaborative Interface Agents
109
Multiagent Coordination in Tightly Coupled Task Scheduling
164
Visualization as an Emergent
172
Progress Report
243
Using a DomainKnowledge Ontology as a Semantic Gateway
255
Transportable Information Agents
283
Credits and Debits on the Internet
299
Distributing Trust with the Rampart Toolkit
306
Experimental Validation
380
DAI Foundations
387
From Intelligent Agents to Open Systems Science
405

Chapter 3
181
An Open Agent Architecture
197
AgentBased Semantic Integration of Information
205
A Pragmatic BDI Architecture
221
An Architecture for Action Emotion and Social Behavior
227
A Social Reasoning Mechanism Based On Dependence Networks
416
Formalizing the Cooperative Problem Solving Process
430
Independent vs Cooperative Agents
487
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Singh is affiliated with the North Carolina State University.

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