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A multi-agent framework for distributed collaborative design

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3 Author(s)
Wallis, A. ; Glasgow Caledonian Univ., UK ; Haag, Z. ; Foley, R.

The paper introduces a computer supported framework for co-ordinating distributed collaborative design where the players may be geographically and temporally dispersed, and mobile. The framework is based on a multi-agent architecture overlaying CORBA middleware, providing location and migration transparency and facilitating communication between mobile entities. The architecture has been validated by the implementation of a prototype in the configuration design domain, however, it is shown to have general applicability across computer supported design. The implementation process identified a problem of distributed conflict resolution. A deontic logic based formalism is described and the authors show how this could be incorporated in the framework to facilitate distributed conflict management

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Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, 1998. (WET ICE '98) Proceedings., Seventh IEEE International Workshops on

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17-19 Jun 1998

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