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Presents the current status of research and applications in several different domains
Sets forth the software engineering issues for the development of multi-agent systems
Helps the reader understand how agent technology can be applied in many new services and environments
Provides concrete applications of physical agents and e-tourism, showing how the material is applied in practice
The agent paradigm has been a subject of intensive research recently. This book presents the current status of this technology by looking at its applications in various domains such as electronic markets, e-tourism, ambience intelligence, and complex system analysis. In addition, the authors identify issues for future research.
The book begins discussing software engineering issues for the development of multi-agent systems, the costs of building a multi-agent system, and which methods and tools are currently available. Next, the authors examine the key issues that must be addressed in developing multi-agent systems: ubiquitous computing, learning and planning, trust and security, electronic institutions, and swarm intelligence. The final chapters focus on concrete applications of physical agents and e-tourism, showing you how earlier discussions are applied in practice.
This book is written by researchers with hands-on experience in technology transfer. With their practical focus, they help you see how agent technology can be applied in many new services and environments.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Multi-agent system - Routing - agent oriented software engineering - agent technology - ambient intelligence - autonom - complex system - modeling - ontology - optimization - problem solving - security - swarm intelligence - system analysis - verification
1. Agent Oriented Software Engineering.- Introduction.- Evaluation of agent methodologies.- The relevance of modeling in AOSE.- Testing, validation and verification of MAS software.- Current research in Multiagent Systems Product Lines.- Using AOSE for engineering holonic manufacturing systems.- A multi-agent system to manage knolwedge sources in software maintenance environments.- Conclusions.- 2. Ubiquitous computing, mobile environments.- Introduction.- Technology for Ambient Intelligence.- Context definition.- Ontology definition of context-based appliactions based on agents.- Social networks.- Mobility.- 3. Cognitive abilities in agents.- Introduction.- Planning as problem solving.- Memory and BDI.- Decision making.- Learning.- Conclusions.- 4. Trust and security.- Introduction.- Modeling reputation in MAS.- Organisational structures to improve trust and reputation.- Intelligent agents which manage reputation and trust.- Application of fuzzy contextual corrective filtering.- From models to testbeds: the ART testbed initiative.- Securing agents in practice.- Secure intelligent agents in smart offices.- Conclusions.- 5. Physical agents.- Introduction.- What are physical agents?- Deliberating while the physical world changes.- Applications.- Conclusions.- 6. Artificial social intelligence in MAS: from swarms to electronic institutions.- Artificial Social Intelligence.- Swarm intelligence.- Swarm intelligence applications: bar systems.- Swarm intelligence applications: a quality of service routing approach for DiffServ networks using ant colony optimization.- Electronic institutions.- Electronic institutions application: the fish market.- Electronic institutions application: the electricity market.- New trends in electronic institutions: dealing with openness, dynamicity and autonomy.- Conclusions.- 7.Agent applications in Tourism.- Introduction.- Turist@: agent-based proactive and personalised recommendation of cultural activities.- TourAgent.- A CBR-planning based Tourism application.- A hierarchical approach to service discovery in touristic smart spaces.- Dynamic location tracking for Tourism applications.- Summary and conclusions.