Automata have existed for centuries, it is only recently that anything resembling autonomous agents has begun to appear. The agents now being deployed differ in important ways from earlier concepts, for today the momentum has shifted from hardware to software, from the atoms that comprise a mechanical robot to the bits that make up a digital agent. These software agents function continuously and autonomously in a particular environment that is often inhabited by other agents and processes. The essays in this book, by leading researchers and developers of agent-based systems, address both the state-of-the-art of agent technology and its likely evolution in the near future. CONTENTS: Preface. 1. Introduction. Section One: Agents and the User Experience?2. How Might People Interact with Agents. 3. Agents: From Direct Manipulation to Delegation. 4. Interface Agents: Metaphors with Character. 5. Designing Agents as if People Mattered. 6. Direct Manipulation Versus Agents: Paths to Predictable, Controllable, and Comprehensible Interfaces. Section Two: Agents for Learning and Intelligent Assistance?7. Agents for Information Sharing and Coordination: A History and Some Reflections. 8. Agents that Reduce Work and Information Overload. 9. KidSim: Programming Agents without a Programming Language. 10. Lifelike Computer Characters: The Persona Project at Microsoft Research. 11. Software Agents for Cooperative Learning. 12. M: An Architecture of Integrated Agents. Section Three: Agent Communication, Collaboration, and Mobility?13. An Overview of Agent-Oriented Programming. 14. KQML as an Agent Communication Language. 15. An Agent-Based Framework for Interoperability. 16. Agents for Information Gathering. 17. KAoS: Toward an Industrial-Strength Open Agent Architecture. 18. Communicative Actions for Artificial Agents. 19. Mobile Agents. Index. Printed Pages: 492. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Titel: Software Agents
Verlag: PHI Learning
Auflage: First edition.
Buchbeschreibung London :. AAAI Press, 1997. Paperback. 480 pp.- Future software will not merely respond to requests for information, but will anticipate the user's needs and actively seek ways to support the user. These systems will also manage cooperation among distributed programs. To describe the many roles of such software, researchers use the term agent.The essays in Software Agents, by leading researchers and developers of agent-based systems, address both the state-of-the-art of agent technology and its likely evolution in the near future. The introductory chapters in Part I present the views of proponents and a critic of software agents. The chapters in Part II describe how agents are used to enhance learning and provide intelligent assistance to users in situations where traditional direct manipulation interfaces alone are insufficient. The chapters of Part III discuss agent-to-agent communication and the use of agents to provide intelligent interoperability in distributed systems and the Internet.Contributors : JosÃ -Luis Ambite, Ball, P. Benoit, Guy A. Boy, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Philip Cohen, Allen Cypher, S. Dutfield, Thomas Erickson, Tim Finin, Michael R. Genesereth, Kenneth R. Grant, Craig A. Knoblock, Kurlander, Yannis Labrou, Kum-Yew Lai, Brenda Laurel, Hector J. Levesque, Ling, Pattie Maes, Thomas W. Malone, James Mayfield, Miller, Nicholas Negroponte, Donald A. Norman, Pugh, Doug Riecken, Ben Shneiderman, Yoav Shoham, Skelly, David C. Smith, Jim Spohrer, Stankosky, Thiel, Van Dantzich, Wax, James E. White, J. Woolley. English text. Condition : as new. Condition : as new. ISBN 9780262522342 [KEYWORDS: computer studies, Intelligent agents. Artikel-Nr. 259132