Pragmatics of Agent Communication

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Author(s): Hans Akkermans, Rune Gustavsson, Fredrik Ygge
Title: Pragmatics of Agent Communication
Series: Research Report
Year: 1998
Issue: 12
ISSN: 1103-1581
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Dept. of Computer Science and Business Administration (Institutionen för datavetenskap och ekonomi)
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Authors e-mail: fredrik.ygge@enersearch.se
Language: English
Abstract: The process of agent communication modeling has not yet received much attention in the knowledge systems area. Conventional knowledge systems are rather
simple with respect to their communication structure: often it is a straightforward question-and-answer sequence between system and end user. However, this is
different in recent intelligent multi-agent systems. Therefore, agent communication aspects are now in need of a much more advanced treatment in knowledge
management, acquisition and modeling. In general, a much better integration between the respective achievements of multi-agent and knowledge-based systems
modeling is an important research goal. In this paper, we describe how agent communications can be specified as an extension of well-known knowledge modeling techniques. The emphasis is on showing how a structured process of communication requirements analysis proceeds, based on existing results from agent communication languages. The guidelines proposed are illustrated by and based on a large-scale industrial multi-agent application for distributed energy load management in industries and households, called Homebots. Homebots enable cost savings in energy consumption by coordinating their actions through an auction mechanism.
Subject: Computer Science\Artificial Intelligence
Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Demand management, intelligent agents, power load management
Note: Proceedings of KAW '98, Banff, Canada
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-00062
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