Heterogeneous Agent Systems

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Software agents are the latest advance in the trend toward smaller, modular pieces ofcode, where each module performs a well-defined, focused task or set of tasks. Programmed tointeract with and provide services to other agents, including humans, software agents actautonomously with prescribed backgrounds, beliefs, and operations. Systems of agents can access andmanipulate heterogeneously stored data such as that found on the Internet.

After adiscussion of the theory of software agents, this book presents IMPACT (Interactive MarylandPlatform for Agents Collaborating Together), an experimental agent infrastructure that translatesformal theories of agency into a functional multiagent system that can extend legacy software codeand application-specific or legacy data structures. The book describes three sample applications: astore, a self-correcting auto-pilot, and a supply chain.

 

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Contents

IMPACT Architecture
29
Service Description Language
53
Accessing Legacy Data and Software
75
IMPACT Server Implementation
117
Agent Programs
141
Appendix
170
Meta Agent Programs
209
Temporal Agent Programs
251
Implementing Agents
461
An Example Application
517
Conclusions
529
Code Calls and Actions in the Examples
537
Agents in the STORE Example
541
Agents in the CHAIN Example
544
Agents in the CFIT Example
548
References
555

Probabilistic Agent Programs
295
Secure Agent Programs
329
Complexity Results
399

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About the author (2000)

Sarit Kraus is Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and Professor of Computer Science in the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the coauthor of Heterogeneous Agent Systems (MIT Press, 2000).

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