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This book documents scientific work presented initially during two workshops held within the HCM network project VIM - a virtual multicomputer for symbolic applications.
The revised full papers presented in the book have gone through a process of thorough post-workshop reviewing. They are organized in sections on languages and systems, agents and capabilities, and coordination and collaboration.
Languages and Systems.- A Classification of Various Approaches for Object-Based Parallel and Distributed Programming.- Towards Meta-Agent Prools.- Examples of Fuzziness in Compilers and Runtime Systems.- Towards Rigorous Compiler Implementation Verification.- Shifting the Focus from Control to Communication: the STReams OBjects Environments Model of Communicating Agents.- Direct Manipulation, Scalability and the Internet.- Agents and Capabilities.- Towards the Abstraction and Generalization of Actor-Based Architectures in Diagnostic Reasoning.- Converting Declarative into Procedural (and Vice Versa).- Reflective Reasoning in a Case-Based Reasoning Agent.- Modelling Rational Inquiry in Non-ideal Agents.- On the Process of Making Descriptive Rules.- Coordination and Collaboration.- A Service-Oriented Negotiation Model between Autonomous Agents.- Competing Software Agents Support Human Agents.- Coordination Developed by Learning from Evaluations.- Rules of Order for Electronic Group Decision Making – A Formalization Methodology.- Broadway: A Case-Based System for Cooperative Information Browsing on the World-Wide-Web.- Towards a Formal Specification of Complex Social Structures in Multi-agent Systems.