Intelligent Software Agents: Foundations and Applications

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2 chapter contains examples of intelligent agents, arranged according to their appli­ cation areas. Chapter 7 closes with a prospective view of the future development of intelligent agents. Everyone concerned with the Internet and the new possibilities of information and communication technology knows that nowadays there is no area that is devel­ oping faster. The authors are aware of the dynamics of this research area and its effects when they describe such a fast developing area in a slow, traditional me­ dium ...

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Overview

2 chapter contains examples of intelligent agents, arranged according to their appli­ cation areas. Chapter 7 closes with a prospective view of the future development of intelligent agents. Everyone concerned with the Internet and the new possibilities of information and communication technology knows that nowadays there is no area that is devel­ oping faster. The authors are aware of the dynamics of this research area and its effects when they describe such a fast developing area in a slow, traditional me­ dium like a book. One thing is sure today: when the book appears on the market, new intelligent agents will already exist and some of the hypotheses made by this book will have been shown to be incorrect. Why, despite this, does it make sense to write a classical book on this subject? Is there an alternative? Experience shows that the majority of the people in business and public life who make decisions on the use of new technologies continue to prefer books and articles in periodicals rather than electronic sources such as the Internet. Or is there some other reason for the enormous success of Nicolas Negroponte's book Being Digital, which we thank for multimedia and many concepts of the digital and networked world, and even intelligent agents? Today, a book is still the only way to establish a new area.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642804861
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- I: Fundamentals.- 2 Agents as Tools of the Information Society.- 2.1 On the Way to the Information Society.- 2.2 Tools of the Information Society.- 2.3 Intelligent Software Agents.- 2.3.1 Intelligent Agents in the Business Area.- 2.3.2 Intelligent Agents in the Private Area.- 2.4 Economic Potential.- 2.4.1 Potential Benefit from the User’s Viewpoint.- 2.4.2 Potential Benefit from the Viewpoint of the Information and Communications Industry.- 2.5 State of the Research and the Practical Applications.- 2.6 Summary.- 3 Fundamental Concepts of Intelligent Software Agents.- 3.1 Definition of Intelligent Software Agents.- 3.2 Characteristics of Intelligent Software Agents.- 3.3 Classification.- 3.4 Summary.- 4 Base Modules of Agent Systems.- 4.1 Areas of Influence.- 4.1.1 Artificial Intelligence.- 4.1.2 Distributed Artificial Intelligence.- 4.1.3 Network and Communications Systems.- 4.2 Architecture.- 4.2.1 Deliberative and Reactive Agents.- 4.2.2 Stationary and Mobile Agents.- 4.2.3 Existing Architectures.- 4.3 Communication and Cooperation in Multi-Agent Systems.- 4.3.1 Introduction.- 4.3.2 Distributed Problem Solving.- 4.3.3 Communication.- 4.3.4 Cooperation Prools.- 4.3.5 Negotiations.- 4.3.6 Matchmaking and Brokering.- 4.4 Learning and Planning in Multi-Agent Systems.- 4.5 Security.- 4.6 Demands Made on the Base Systems.- 4.6.1 Introduction.- 4.6.2 Agent Runtime Environment.- 4.6.3 Middleware.- 4.6.4 Computer Operating System and Communications System.- 4.7 Development Tendencies.- 4.7.1 Introduction.- 4.7.2 Intelligent Agents in Multimedia Environments.- 4.7.3 Multimedia and Intelligent Agents.- 4.8 Summary.- 5 Development Methods and Tools.- 5.1 Agent-Oriented Analysis and Design.- 5.1.1 Object-Oriented Analysis.- 5.1.2 Agent-Oriented Methods.- 5.2 Agent Languages.- 5.2.1 Requirements.- 5.2.2 Java.- 5.2.3 Telescript.- 5.2.4 Tcl/Tk, Safe-Tcl, Agent-Tcl.- 5.3 Component-Based Software Development.- 5.4 Summary.- II: Applications.- 6 Application Areas for Intelligent Software Agents.- 6.1 Introduction.- 6.2 Information Retrieval and Filtering.- 6.2.1 Introduction.- 6.2.2 Simple Search Engines.- 6.2.3 Meta Search Engines.- 6.3 NewsWatcher.- 6.3.1 Introduction.- 6.3.2 Market Overview.- 6.3.3 PointCast Network.- 6.3.4 FreeLoader.- 6.3.5 Concepts.- 6.3.6 Architecture.- 6.4 Advising and Focusing.- 6.4.1 Introduction.- 6.4.2 Market Overview.- 6.4.3 IBM Web Browser Intelligence.- 6.4.4 Letizia.- 6.5 Entertainment.- 6.5.1 Introduction.- 6.5.2 Market Overview.- 6.5.3 LifestyleFinder.- 6.5.4 Firefly.- 6.6 Groupware.- 6.6.1 Introduction.- 6.6.2 Market Overview.- 6.6.3 Lotus Notes Mail.- 6.6.4 MAXIMS.- 6.6.5 PLEIADES.- 6.7 Electronic Commerce.- 6.7.1 Introduction.- 6.7.2 Simple Buying Agents.- 6.7.3 Complex Buying Agents.- 6.7.4 Agent-Based Marketplace.- 6.8 Manufacturing.- 6.9 Summary.- 7 The Future.

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