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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,
Paul Buhler
Department of Computer Science
College of Charleston
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Author:Bessinger, Dawson; Godwin, John; Shealy, Cyrus; Simon, Scott; Zakin, Sagi; Buhler, Paul
Publication:Bulletin of the South Carolina Academy of Science
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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