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					                                                      Agents for the Masses
                                                 Dr. Craig Thompson, www.objs.com

                                                                • eGents •
                                                      Agents over E-mail
                                                                                                                                                                               Description
                       useful for building very disconnected, asynchronous apps                                                                                                       Project Agility: Our objective is to move
                       Demo Scenario                                        • Integration of agent technology with pervasive                                                           agent technology from proprietary closed-
                                                                              Web-ORB-Email backplanes is a route to
                  Evacuee’s Personal Status Monitor
                  measures location, vital signs, etc
                                                                              making agent technology pervasive.                                                                       world agents-only solutions into the
              and sends this information to subscribers
               like command post status board, state
                                                                            • Prototype                                                                                                mainstream.
               dept liaison, families, medical staff, etc.                    • developed platform for management of local egents, email
                                                                                communications, and eGent-ification of conventional
                                                         Fam il y Mem ber
                                                                                apps.
                                                                              • developed XML encoding for FIPA & KQML ACL so ACL
                                                                                                                                                                                      Our approach is to piggyback agent
                                                                                performative is XML document. No ACL parser needed.
                                                                              • eGents leverages vast and pervasive email infrastructure,
                                                                                                                                                                                       technology onto and leverage widely
                                                         VI P                   which provides support for asynchronous and
                                                                                disconnected operations, message queueing, firewall                                                    deployed technologies (e.g. distributed
                                                                                                                                                                                       objects, Java, Jini, email, the web, XML,
                                                                                permeability, filtering, logging, and security.
                                              Comm and Post
                                                                              • eGents spec submitted to FIPA in response to FIPA-99
                                                                                CFP.
                                                                            • Plans                                                                                                    search engines, and channels).
                                            Medevac
                                                                              • Integrate with Netscape to reduce platform footprint,
                                                      Fam il y Mem ber          leverage services (i.e. security) and provide no-effort
                                                                                distribution of eGents & eGent platform.                                                              This integration of the best of agent
                                                                                                                                                                                       technology with pervasive infrastructure
                                                                              • Demonstrate interoperability via the grid.
                                                       Li aison               • Improve human-eGent interaction, esp. wrt security.

                                                                                                                                                                                       results in improved capability, reduced
                In the demo, each evacuee is given a                          • Investigate alternate transports for different profile apps.
            Personal Status Monitor containing an eGent.                      • Add security and survivability -ilities to eGent platform.

                                                                                                                                                                                       development effort, greater compatibility
          These intermittently communicate to subscribing
                    entities using email protocols.

                                                                                                                                                                                       with existing software, and greater
                                                                                                                                                                                       potential for mainstream use.


Results                                                                                                                                                                • WebTrader •
                                                                                                                             Scalable Service/DataSource Discovery on the Web
   Three Agent Technologies
      eGents - agents via email                                                                                                                 WebTrader in NEO TIE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Servic es/Datasources

      WebTrader - agents and services found                                                                                                           Agent World
        using search engines                                                                                                                                                                                    GeoCoder                       White
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pages
                                                                                                                                                                                                       7
      AgentGram - natural language interface
                                                                                                                                                   2                 Ariadne                                                          6
                                                                                                                                       Open                           (ISI)
        wrappers for agents accessible over the                                                                                        Agent                                       1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Web World
        web                                                                                                                         Architecture
                                                                                                                                       (SRI)
                                                                                                                                                                3
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 page
                                                                                                                                                                    WebTrader                               AD                   AD               AD
   Architecture, Standards, Tech Transfer                                                                                                                            Agent                        5                   page                         page
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      page
                                                                                                                                                Agent
      CoABS NEO TIE, Rome Labs                                                                                                                 Grid            4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AD            AD
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Search
      OMG Agent Work Group & FIPA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              page
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Engine                 AD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             page
                                                                                                                                   WebTrader is a matchmaking service that locates XML-
      “Characterizing the Agent Grid” in                                                                                          based advertisements embedded in web pages indexed by
                                                                                                                                   search engines that it knows about. Data, components,                                       page
                                                                                                                                                                                                                page                       page
       Handbook of Agent Technology,                                                                                               services, etc. thus advertised can be located at runtime to                                 AD
                                                                                                                                   dynamically extend the knowledge and/or capabilities of                                                 AD
                                                                                                                                   the client, as well as enable intelligent on-the-fly assembly
       summarized in CoABS Grid Vision doc and                                                                                     and reconfiguration of distributed systems.


       OMG Agent Technology Green Paper



                                                  • AgentGram •
                          Natural Language Wrappers for Agents                                                                                                                  Future
                                                                                                                                                                                      Continue Agents for the Masses theme.
                                                                                                   People               Location                                                       Extend eGents as described above. Extend
                                                                                                                                 Address
                                                                                                                                                                                       WebTrader with user-defined search
                                                                                                                                                                                       ontologies. Extend grid and TIE agents with
                                                                                                                        geocoder Latitude
                                                                                      Conference             Kuwait              Longitude
                                                                                       Attendees            Residents

                                                                                             Name
                                                                                             Address
                                                                                                                  Name
                                                                                                                  Address
                                                                                                                              Ariadne
                                                                                                                              TIE
                                                                                                                                                                                       AgentGram NLI controls. Add
                                                                                             Phone                Phone       Schema
                                                                                                                                                                                       ChannelAgents.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Add Grid Control theme to show how
                                                                                                                                                                                       environment (e.g., threats, traffic, weather)
                                                                                                                                                                                       and system-wide properties (-ilities and
                                                                                                                                                                                       QoS) affect agent communication.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Hypothesis: system properties can be
                                                                                                                                                                                       inserted into agent communication paths to
                                                                                                                                                                                       provide these controls.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Transition to DoD, OMG/FIPA, and industry.

                                                                                                                                                                           Agent Based Computing Science Fair

				
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