Intelligent Software Agents Group by yaofenji


									Intelligent Software Agents Lab

        The Robotics Institute
        Carnegie Mellon University
        5000 Forbes Avenue
        Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 (U.S.A.)
Transform the Internet to ServiceNet

• from a network of information providers
  – user must find information sources
  – user must integrate information

• to a network of service providers
  – agents find requested & unanticipated information for the user
  – agents perform requested and implied services for the user
  – agents present finished product to user

•   Ubiquity
•   Fitness
•   Constructability
•   Policy
                  MoCHA          Mobile Communication of Heterogeneous Agents

• Anytime, Anywhere
• Context-sensitive preference
• Integrates Devices and
Agentified Services
  Improve and Diffuse Accessibility
• Any Time - Any Place Computing
  – Agents accessible from any device
  – Information conveyed on most appropriate device
  – Information conveyed at most appropriate time

• Unobtrusive Computing
  – Reduce the overhead of humans having to specify their
  – Agents proactively assist humans based on their
    awareness of the user’s goals and context

•   Ubiquity
•   Fitness
•   Constructability
•   Policy
Fitness Through Agent Security and
          Formal Analysis
• Security in Agent Communities
• Secure Agent Infrastructure

Security Applications
• wireless collaboration and communications
• military logistics planning
• financial portfolio management
• non-combatant evacuation operation

•   Ubiquity
•   Fitness
•   Constructability
•   Policy
• Open and Dynamic Environments
  – agents / services will not always exist
  – agent locations change
     • system load balancing
     • agent mobility
  – agent identity changes
     • cannot predict its name
     • cannot predict the vocabulary used to describe it

• Assume Service Redundancy
  – multiple/ competing service providers
  – differentiate on service parameters
     • speed, price, security, reliability, reputation, etc.
  Achieve Ideals of Software Engineering
• Truly reusable software components
• Accessible to lay-programmers
   – intuitive and imprecise

• Scalable, reliable, robust, and fault-tolerant computing
• Program by high-level service requirement descriptions
  To find the best flights,
   – find any airline reservation system
   – that publishes departure / arrival times
       • of four or more commercial airlines and
       • comparative prices for those legs.
                                         MAS Infrastructure
        MAS Infrastructure                         Individual Agent Infrastructure
        MAS Interoperation                                    Interoperation
Translation Services Interoperator Services                 Interoperation Modules
  Capability to Agent Mapping                       Capability to Agent Mapping
              Middle Agents                               Middle Agent Components
    Name to Location Mapping                         Name to Location Mapping
           Agent Name Service                                   ANS Component
                Security                                          Security
Certificate Authority Cryptographic Service        Security Module      Private/Public Keys
       Performance Services                              Performance Services
  MAS Monitoring Reputation Services                    Performance Service Modules
Multi-Agent Management Services                          Management Services
Logging Activity Visualization Launching            Logging and Visualization Components
        ACL Infrastructure                                ACL Infrastructure
    Public Ontology Protocol Servers               Parser, Private Ontology, Protocol Engine
 Communications Infrastructure                         Communication Modules
       Discovery Message Transfer                   Discovery    Message Transfer Modules
                                Operating Environment
     Machines, OS, Network, Multicast Transport Layer, TCP/IP, Wireless, Infrared, SSL
Necessary Network Technologies
• Local Area Network Discovery
• Wide Area Network Discovery
  – Agent-to-Agent Discovery
• Network Security
  – protection from malicious attacks and spoofing
  – Encryption, Authentication, Repudiation
• Agent Location Schemes
  – White Pages, Yellow Pages, LDAP
RETSINA Functional Architecture
                      User 1               User 2               User u
   Goal and Task
   Specifications                                                             Results
               Interface Agent 1       Interface Agent 2   Interface Agent i

       Tasks                                                                  Solutions
                    Task Agent 1         Task Agent 2          Task Agent t

      Info & Service                 Information Integration
         Requests                      Conflict Resolution                      Replies

                                        Middle Agent 2
                                   Advertisements                Agent n
                    Agent 1

        Queries                               Info               Source m
                           Source 1         Source 2
             Interface Agents
•   Solicit input from user for the agent system
•   Present output to the user
•   Frequently part of task agent
•   Often representative of a device
              Task Agents
• Know what to do and how to do it
• Responsible for task delegation
• May enlist the help of other task agents
                 Middle Agents
• Infrastructure agents that aid in MAS scalability
• Many have been identified in Sycara & Wong ‘00
• Most common:
  –   Agent Name Service (White Pages)
  –   Matchmaker (Yellow Pages)
  –   Broker
  –   MAS Interoperator
                 RETSINA Matchmakers
• Enable an agent to find another agent:
   • by functionality, capability, availability, time to completion, etc.
   • without knowing who or where the provider agent might be

• Enables multi-agent systems [MASs]:
   • to dynamically reconfigure themselves to suite a need
   • reduce agent systems administration overhead
   • to scale in the number of agents that are distributed in a computer network

• RETSINA has two main types of Matchmakers:
   • RETSINA Matchmaker
       • Please try it:
   • LARKS Matchmaker
       • Language for Advertisement and Request for Knowledge Sharing
     The Matchmaking Process

                   2. Request for service
 Requester                                    Matchmaker
                  3. Unsorted full description
                        of (P1,P2, …, Pk)
                                              1. Advertisement of capabilities
                                                   & service parameters
                    4. Delegation of service
 5. Results of
service request                                Provider 1       Provider n
                  MAS Interoperators
• Translatebetween MAS
    • Advertisements
    • Queries and replies
    • Informational messages

• Achieve  economic MAS
             Information Agents
•   Present information sources to MAS
•   Port MAS output to external data stores
•   Represent data and events
•   Four well-known and reusable behaviors:
    –   Single-Shot Query
    –   Active Monitor Query
    –   Passive Monitor Query
    –   Update Query
         RETSINA Agent Architecture
             Reusable Environment for Task-Structured Intelligent Networked Agents

Four parallel threads:
• Communicator
     • for conversing with
     other agents
• Planner
     • matches “sensory” input
     and “beliefs” to possible
     plan actions
• Scheduler
     • schedules “enabled”
     plans for execution
• Execution Monitor
     • executes scheduled plan
     • swaps-out plans for
     those with higher

•   Ubiquity
•   Fitness
•   Constructability
•   Policy
Contact Information:

Prof. Katia Sycara                   Joseph Giampapa
Principle Investigator               Project Manager

The Robotics Institute               The Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University           Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue                   5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 (U.S.A.)   Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 (U.S.A.)

Tel: +1 (412) 268-8825               Tel: +1 (412) 268-5245
Fax: +1 (412) 268-5569               Fax: +1 (412) 268-5569          

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