- Monthly MultiAgent.com news for Tue Aug 15 05:17:24 2000
IJSEKE Call for Papers
The International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge
Engineering (IJSEKE) will be publishing a special issue on "Multi-agent
Systems and Mobile Agents". Papers are due 31 January 2001. There is also
a special issue on Virtual Organizations and E-commerce from the Journal
of Applied Systems Studies, papers due 1 November 2000.
Peer-to-Peer File Sharing with Micropayments
This is a Wired news article that talks about a proposed system for
peer-to-peer filesharing which will incorporate the use of
micropayments, down to one thounsand's of a cent, referral webs and a reputation
system. The system, dubbed Mojo Nation software, is available at
SourceForge and is being developed by Autonomous Zone Industries, headed by Jim
McCoy. "McCoy's goal is nothing if not ambitious: to create the first
file-sharing economy of agents, servers, and search engines in which
senders and receivers can agree on prices for each transaction and use
micropayments to get paid".
Latest directory additions
Developing Intelligent Agents for Distributed Systems : Exploring Architecture, Technologies, and Applications
Published in 1997 "This book clearly explains the programming of
agents for improving user interfaces, for improving the performance and
usability of LANS and WANS, for managing mail, and even for assisting in
the development of other software! In addition, the book provides a
rundown on the applicable standards, such as CORBA and OLE, essential
background on the technologies that make agents possible,
including artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, and object technology." I
have not read it, but it sounds useful.
Growing Artificial Societies : Social Science from the Bottom Up
In this book, published in 1996, Joshua Epstien and Robert Axtell
detail their experiences with their social simulator program: Sugarscape.
Based on a metaphor of "ants" on a two-dimensional grid that can move,
use simple communications, and reproduce, the authors show the emergence
of patterns which are reminiscent of combat, trade, pollution,
migration, etc. See also the Sugarscape homepage.
This website has software and information related to animated user
interface agents, for microsoft windows. A lot of UI agents are
available for download.
International Workshop on Web Dynamics 2001
(WebDyn 2001) To be held in conjunction with the 8th International
Conference on Database Theory in London, UK on 3 January 2001. Papers
due 14 October 2000.
International Workshop on Agent Based Cluster and Grid Computing
Part of the IEEE International Symposium on Cluster Computing and
the Grid (CGrid'2001). To be held May 16 - 18, 2001 in Brisbane,
Australia . Papers due 20 February 2001. " Like an electrical power grid, the
Grid will aim to provide a steady, reliable source of computing power."
Cougaar Agent Architecture
The Cognitive Agent Architecture (COUGAAR) is an open source agent
architecture for large-scale multiagent systems. It implements aognitive
model of human thinking and interaction. This cognitive model attempts
to emulate the mental processes of perception, memory, judgment,
reasoning and decision making. The architecture utilizes a hybrid task and
data representation of cognition to represent complex, dynamic plans. This
architecture also supports fine-grained information management, dynamic
task allocation, data fusion, and execution based replanning and
assessment. It is written in Java.
News from the www.MultiAgent.com website.
Edited by Jose M. Vidal.