Standards development for agent-based software.
This paper introduces the concept of a software agent and the
Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA). The concept of an
agent has become important in both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and
mainstream computer science. Agent architectures can be thought of as
software engineering models of agents; researches in this area are
primarily concerned with the problem of designing software or hardware
systems that will satisfy the properties specified by agent theorists.
Autonomous agents are increasingly being deployed in complex
applications where they are required to act rationally in response to
uncertain and unpredictable events. A key feature of this rationality is
the ability of agents to coordinate their interactions. FIPA is an
international non-profit association of companies and organizations that
agree to share efforts to produce specifications of generic agent
technologies. These specifications provide the foundational
underpinnings which allow the interoperation of agents written by
various developers and running on heterogeneous platforms.
Dawson Bessinger, John Godwin, Cyrus Shealy, Scott Simon, Sagi Zakin,
Department of Computer Science
College of Charleston