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IEE Proceedings - Software Engineering

Issue 1 • Date Feb 1997

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  • Towards agent-based software engineering for information-dependent enterprise applications

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):38 - 50
    Cited by:  Papers (4)
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    Established enterprises continue to create new applications and systems without removing older ones. Legacy systems are often necessary to the new applications, but inadequate for the new environment, which can be large and widely distributed. Two applications are presented: kiosks for telephone sales and support; and information access for service technicians. These are representative of a large ... View full abstract»

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  • The agent architecture of the University of Michigan Digital Library

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):61 - 71
    Cited by:  Papers (8)
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    The University of Michigan Digital Library (UMDL) architecture encapsulates the many functionalities required in a digital library as a population of modular, goal-oriented, specialised `agents'. These agents participate in markets for exchanging goods and services, and team their abilities to compose complex services. Realising the UMDL agent architecture requires us to provide sound mechanisms t... View full abstract»

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  • Agent-based software engineering

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):26 - 37
    Cited by:  Papers (104)
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    The technology of intelligent agents and multi-agent systems is expected to alter radically the way in which complex, distributed, open systems are conceptualised and implemented. The paper considers the problem of building a multi-agent system as a software engineering enterprise. Three issues are focused on: how agents might be specified; how these specifications might be refined or otherwise tr... View full abstract»

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  • Research and development challenges for agent-based systems

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):2 - 10
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    The increasing sophistication of today's information era poses certain challenges to traditional information technology (IT) systems. Agent-based software technology is rapidly evolving to meet the demands of this new information era. However, before agent-based solutions can be routinely and successfully exploited in real-world problems, certain fundamental research and software engineering issue... View full abstract»

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  • Application of multi-agent systems in traffic and transportation

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):51 - 60
    Cited by:  Papers (42)
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    Agent-oriented techniques offer a new approach to support the whole software development process. All the phases in the software development process are treated with a single uniform concept, namely that of agents, and a system modelled by a collection of agents is called a multi-agent system. AOTs as a new advance in information technology can help to respond to the growing interest in making tra... View full abstract»

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  • Cooperative information-gathering: a distributed problem-solving approach

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):72 - 88
    Cited by:  Papers (12)
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    Two approaches to the problem of information-gathering, that may be characterised as distributed processing and distributed problem-solving, are contrasted. The former is characteristic of most existing information-gathering systems, and the latter is central to research in multi-agent systems. The features of complex information-carrying environments and the information-gathering task are examine... View full abstract»

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  • Towards a social level characterisation of socially responsible agents

    Publication Year: 1997, Page(s):11 - 25
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    A high-level framework for analysing and designing intelligent agents is presented. The framework's key abstraction mechanism is a new computer level called the social level. The social level sits immediately above the knowledge level, as defined by Newell (1982), and is concerned with the inherently social aspects of multiple-agent systems. To illustrate the working of this framework, an importan... View full abstract»

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