Special Issue of the
Journal on Cooperative Information Systems, Vol. 10(1&2), March 2001
INFORMATION AGENTS: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS
Deduction and Multi-Agent
German Research Center
for Artificial Intelligence Ltd.,
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TABLE OF CONTENT
Matthias Klusch (Germany)
Intelligent Information Agents: Theory and
applications, Guest Editor's Introduction.
Lau, Arthur H.M. ter Hofstede and Peter D. Bruza (Australia)
Belief revision for adaptive information
Joaquin Delgado and Noahiro Ishii (Japan)
Multiagent learning in recommender systems
for information filtering on the Internet.
Jean-Luc Koning, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (France)
Introduction to POS: A protocol operational
Torsten Tesch, Peter Fankhauser, Aris M. Ouksel (Germany, USA)
Arbitration protocols for competing software
Alun Preece et al. (UK)
KRAFT: An agent architecture for knowledge
Craig A. Knoblock et al. (USA)
The ARIADNE approach to Web-based information
Satoshi Oyama, Kaoru Hiramatsu, and Toru Ishida (Japan)
Cooperative information agents for digital
Heike Schaumburg (Germany)
Computers as tools or as social actors?
- The users' perspective on anthropomorphic agents.
SCOPE & TOPICS
This special issue of the International Journal on Cooperative Information
Systems is devoted to advances in theory and applications of intelligent
information agents. Roughly speaking, an information agent is a computational
software entity that has access to one or multiple, heterogeneous and geographically
distributed information sources; it pro-actively searches for and maintains
relevant information on behalf of users or other agents preferably in a
just-in-time fashion. Such an agent is supposed to satisfy one or multiple
of following requirements.
In other words, the agent helps to manage and overcome the difficulties
associated with information overload. In part, there are many approaches
and implemented solutions available from advanced databases, knowledge-bases
and distributed information systems technology to meet some of these demands.
The effective and efficient access to information on the Internet and Web
has become a critical research area. Information agents technology emerged
as part of the more general intelligent software agent technology around
seven years ago mainly as a response to the increasing challenges of the
cyberspace from both, the technological and human user perspective. It
is an inherently interdisciplinary technology encompassing approaches,
methods and tools from different research disciplines such as Artificial
Intelligence (AI), Advanced Database and Knowledge Base Systems, Distributed
Information Systems, Information Retrieval, Cognitive Sciences and Human
Computer Interaction (HCI). Today, it can be seen as one of the key technologies
for the actual and future Internet and worldwide Web.
Information acquisition and management, i.e., it may monitor, update,
and provide transparent access to one or many different information sources,
retrieve, extract, analyze and filter data (including semi-structured or
even unstructured data).
Information synthesis and presentation, that is, it is able to integrate
heterogeneous data and to provide unified (and multi-dimensional) views
Intelligent user assistance by being able, for example to dynamically
adapt to user preferences, any kind of changes in information and network
environment. It may provide convenient individual interactive assistance
for everyday business on the Internet such as a life-like character, recommend
sources and future work steps, etc.
Topics are but not limited to:
Architectures of (Systems of) Information
Agents: General and specific architectures of information
agents in different settings and environments. Approaches for communication
and collaboration between (systems) of information agents. Service matchmaking
and brokering. Inter-Agent Communication languages.
Advanced Database and Knowledge-Base Technology:
Interoperability in large-scaled, and uncertain information environments.
Application of Techniques for Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery in open,
distributed and dynamically changing environments.
Methods of Adaptation and Learning for
Systems of Information Agents: Methods for automated uncertain
reasoning for information agents. Computation and action under uncertainty
and limited resources. Performance and measurement of adaptation of single
agent or multiagent systems in uncertain information environments.
Mobility and Issues of Security in the
Internet Architectures, Environments and Languages
for Mobile and Secure Information Agents and Servers. Secure agent execution
and protection of data servers from malicious agents. Cooperating Information
Agents in wearable computers, hand-held and/or satellite-based control
Rational Information Agents and Electronic
Commerce Agent-Based Marketplaces, Coalition Formation,
Auctions, Negotiations. Economic models of cooperative problem solving
among rational information agents in open information environments. Methods
for prevention and detection of lying rational information agents. Electronic
Commerce with incomplete and uncertain informations. Standards for privacy
of communication, security, and jurisdiction for agent-mediated deals.
Human-Agent Interaction and Interfaces
for Information Agents Synthetic Agents, believable
avatars, and 3-D multimedia-based representation of user information spaces
in the Internet. Models and Implementation of Advanced Interfaces for conversation
and dialogue among Information Agents and Users.
Systems and Applications
Systems and Applications of multiple collaborating Information Agents on
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