Standards development for agent-based software.
This paper introduces the concept of a software agent and the Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA FIPA Federation Internationale des Producteurs Agricoles (French: International Federation of Agricultural Producers)
FIPA Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (British Columbia, Canada) ). 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 An autonomous agent is a system situated in, and part of, an environment, which senses that environment, and acts on it, over time, in pursuit of its own agenda. This agenda evolves from drives (or programmed goals). are increasingly being deployed in complex applications where they are required to act rationally in response to uncertain and unpredictable events An Unpredictable Event is an event in which the predictability cannot be measured. An unpredictable event is usually an unfavorable event, because people tend not to plan an unfavorable event. Its result, most likely, affects many lives. . 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 The use of interoperable systems, units, or forces. of agents written by various developers and running on heterogeneous Not the same. Contrast with homogeneous.
heterogeneous - Composed of unrelated parts, different in kind.
Often used in the context of distributed systems that may be running different operating systems or network protocols (a heterogeneous network). platforms.
Dawson Bessinger, John Godwin, Cyrus Shealy, Scott Simon, Sagi Zakin, Paul Buhler Department of Computer Science College of Charleston