Agent interaction protocols and flexible agent interaction in dynamic environments

Usman Wajid, Nikolay Mehandjiev

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Abstract

Software agents are often seen as flexible goal-driven software technology suitable for dynamic environments such as business ecosystems. The inherently open and unpredictable nature of such environments, however, renders unsuitable many widely used agent design mechanisms, such as agent interaction protocols. This paper describes an approach which addresses the need for flexible inter-agent interactions. Our approach gives agents freedom of action and enhances their ability to respond to unexpected events in open environments. We base our argument on the limitations of protocol-based approaches used to formalize agent interaction. We then investigate the possibility of protocol-free agent interaction to enable flexible operation of agent systems in dynamic environments. © 2006 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE|Proc. Workshop Enabling Technol. Infrastruct. Collab. Enterp. WET
Pages23-28
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event15th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE 2006 - Manchester
Duration: 1 Jul 2006 → …

Conference

Conference15th IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, WETICE 2006
CityManchester
Period1/07/06 → …

Keywords

  • multi-agent systems
  • protocols
  • software reusability
  • agent interaction protocols
  • dynamic environments
  • flexible agent interaction
  • open environments
  • protocol-free agent interaction
  • software agents
  • Appraisal
  • Autonomous agents
  • Collaborative software
  • Context
  • Ecosystems
  • Informatics
  • Intelligent agent
  • Multiagent systems
  • Protocols
  • Software agents

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