Monthly MultiAgent.com news for Wed Nov 15 03:17:24 2000
Fair Voting Systems?
In light of the current voting turmoil, I am posting this link to
the Scientific American Magazine FAQ page. It asks som of the leading
mathematicians in the field what advances have been made in the development
of fair voting systems. The Borda count is featured prominently, but
not exclusively. After all, voting is a widely-used multiagent
Have your Elf call my Elf
A USA Today article on the work being done by the eight-person
electronic elves project at the Univ. of Southern California's Information
Sciences Institute. Each person has an agent (elf) that knows were its
owner is (using GPS) and can schedule meetings for him with the other
elves. Sounds really neat. You can also visit their website.
Latest directory additions
Collaborative Filtering Research Links
A list of papers about collaborative filtering, with abstracts and
links to the full papers.
Narval Project: Intelligent Personnal Assistant
Narval is a personal network assistant based on artificial
intelligence and agent technologies. It executes recipes (sequences of actions)
to perform tasks. It is easy to specify a new action using XML and to
implement it using Python. Recipes can be built and debugged using a
graphical interface. It is availble under the GPL.
Maine Software Agents and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
U. Maine MaineSAIL. The lab focuses on software agents, intelligent
mission control of robots, and multiagent systems.
Multi-Agent Systems for Concurrent Intelligent Design and Manufacturing
"The 17 Chapters of this book deal with relevant topics ranging
from the basic principles of multi-agent systems through to the design of
MAS-based applications in concurrent design and manufacturing.
Representative case studies are included." by Weiming, Dr Shen, D. H. Norrie,
Jean-Paul Barthes, 2000.
The On-To-Knowledge project will develop
methods and tools and employ the full power of the ontological
approach to facilitate knowledge management. It is the home of the Ontology
Inference Layer (OIL), a joint standard for specifying and exchanging
IJSEKE Special Issue on Multi-Agent Systems and Mobile Agents
The International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge
Engineering has a special issue on multiagent systems and mobile agents.
Papers are due 31 January 2001.
The AUML mission is the development of vendor-neutral common
semantics, meta-model, and abstract syntax for agent-based methodologies. They
plan to leverage the work being done by FIPA and the OMG Agent Platform
Lightweight Extensible Agent Platform
LEAP is an "agent platform that is: lightweight, executable on
small devices such as PDAs and phones; extensible, in
size and functionality; operating system agnostic; mobile team management
application enabling, supporting WAP and TCP/IP; FIPA compliant.".
UML Diagrams for Agent Architectures
A (still small) collection of UML diagrams designed to help
students who want to implement some of the most common agent architectures
using an object oriented programming language. I have successfully used
these in a graduate multiagent systems class, though they are far from
perfect. Your suggestions are welcome!
It is a tool for enforcing the "Multiagent Systems Engineering
methodology...It implements the entire MaSE process including Capturing
Goals, Applying Use Cases, Refining Roles, Creating Agent Classes,
Constructing Conversations, Assembling Agent Classes, and System Design.
Capabilities of agentTool include graphical analysis and design of multiagent
systems from high-level organizational design to low-level component
design. agentTool also includes Java code generation capability for
agentMom, an simple socket-based communication infrastructure, and Carolina, a
multiagent framework under development at the University of Connecticut".
AFIT Agent Lab
Air force. "The goal of the AFIT Artificial Intelligence/Agent Lab
is to bring together researchers with various expertise to solve
interesting problems in the area of multi-agent systems development and agent
security. Our research incorporates existing methodologies and
techniques from other related disciplines including artificial intelligence,
cryptography, information security, networks, genetic algorithms, and
software engineering into an integrated agent development methodology for
secure agent systems." They also develop AgentTool.
Fifth International Workshop CIA-2001 on Cooperative Information
Agents, to be held 6-8 September 2001 in Modena, Italy. Papers are due
10 April 2001.
News from the www.MultiAgent.com website.
Edited by Jose M. Vidal.