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Whitestein Series in Software Agent Technologies and Autonomic Computing

Ontologies for Agents: Theory and Experiences

Editors: Tamma, V., Cranefield, S., Finin, T.W., Willmott, S. (Eds.)

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There is a growing interest in the use of ontologies for multi-agent system app- cations. On the one hand, the agent paradigm is successfully employed in those applications where autonomous, loosely-coupled, heterogeneous, and distributed systems need to interoperate in order to achieve a common goal. On the other hand, ontologies have established themselves as a powerful tool to enable kno- edge sharing, and a growing number of applications have bene?ted from the use of ontologies as a means to achieve semantic interoperability among heterogeneous, distributed systems. In principle ontologies and agents are a match made in heaven, that has failed to happen. What makes a simple piece of software an agent is its ability to communicate in a ”social” environment, to make autonomous decisions, and to be proactive on behalf of its user. Communication ultimately depends on und- standing the goals, preferences, and constraints posed by the user. Autonomy is theabilitytoperformataskwithlittleornouserintervention,whileproactiveness involves acting autonomously with no need for user prompting. Communication, but also autonomy and proactiveness, depend on knowledge. The ability to c- municate depends on understanding the syntax (terms and structure) and the semantics of a language. Ontologies provide the terms used to describe a domain and the semantics associated with them. In addition, ontologies are often comp- mented by some logical rules that constrain the meaning assigned to the terms. These constraints are represented by inference rules that can be used by agents to perform the reasoning on which autonomy and proactiveness are based.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Ontologies for Interaction Protocols

    Pages 1-17

    Cranefield, Stephen (et al.)

  • On the Impact of Ontological Commitment

    Pages 19-42

    Nodine, Marian H. (et al.)

  • Agent to Agent Talk: “Nobody There?” Supporting Agents Linguistic Communication

    Pages 43-72

    Pazienza, Maria Teresa (et al.)

  • Ontology Translation by Ontology Merging and Automated Reasoning

    Pages 73-94

    Dou, Dejing (et al.)

  • Collaborative Understanding of Distributed Ontologies in a Multiagent Framework: Experiments on Operational Issues

    Pages 95-120

    Soh, Leen-Kiat

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ontologies for Agents: Theory and Experiences
Editors
  • Valentina Tamma
  • Stephen Cranefield
  • Timothy W. Finin
  • Steven Willmott
Series Title
Whitestein Series in Software Agent Technologies and Autonomic Computing
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Birkhäuser Basel
Copyright Holder
Birkhäuser Basel
eBook ISBN
978-3-7643-7361-0
DOI
10.1007/3-7643-7361-X
Softcover ISBN
978-3-7643-7237-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 345
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