The first book to provide an integrative presentation of the issues, challenges and success of designing, building and using agent applications. The chapters presented are written by internationally leading authorities in the field, with a general audience in mind. The result is a unique overview of agent technology applications, ranging from an introduction to the technical foundations to reports on dealing with specific agent systems in practice.
Part I. Introduction: Applications of Intelligent Agents. - Software Agent Technology. Near-Term Success in Distributed Applications.- Part II. Vision and Perspectives: Design of Intelligent Agent Systems. Vendors of Agent Technology: A Market Overview. Broking the Info-Underworld. Personal Agents: A Walk on the Client Side.- Part III. Systems and Their Applications: including Telecommunication Systems, Personal Digital Assistants, Information Management, Information Economies, Business Applications, Air Traffic Control, Computer Simulation, Transportation Management, Financial Management, and Electronic Commerce.