Technological evolution over recent years (Internet, www, electronic
commerce, wireless connection etc.) has led to a new paradigm of “computing
as interaction”. Under this paradigm, computing is something that is carried
out through the communication between computational entities. In this sense,
computing is an inherently social activity rather than solitary, leading to new
forms of conceiving, designing, developing and managing computational systems.
One example of the influence of this viewpoint is the emerging model of
software as a service, for example in service-oriented architectures.
The technology of agents/multiagent systems is particularly promising as
a support for this new computing as interaction paradigm. Dynamic agent
organisations that self-adjust in order to make the most of their current
environment are increasingly important. These organisations could appear in
dynamic or emerging societies of agents such as Grid domains, peer-to-peer
networks, or other environments in which the agents coordinate in a dynamic
way in order to offer composite services. The social factors in the organisation
of multi-agent systems are also increasingly important for structuring
interactions in dynamic open worlds. Within this interesting area, part of the
more general field of Intelligent Systems, we can identify a number of important
lines of research:
- Dynamics/Regulation: flexibility in order to permit the entry and
exit of agents, evolution of the organisational structure,
regulation mechanisms etc.
- Heterogeneity: different types of agents with different
capabilities, runtime coordination (requiring semantic description
of the capacities/services), different devices (physical device
resources), different channels of communication (wireless, wireline,
The aim of the present project is to advance and contribute solutions in
these areas, principally in the aspects related to organisational structures.
In this sense, the following is proposed:
to develop a multiagent system architecture that is suitable for
the generation of virtual organisations in open environments, as
well as a support platform that will allow these systems to be
to design a method for developing open multiagent systems which is
orientated towards the concept of organisation, and which will
cover the complete life cycle of an open system, allowing the
suitable management of large scale complex systems and giving
specific support in order to meet the possible needs of these
types of systems.
to develop a model of agents capable of taking decisions
autonomously, equipped with learning mechanisms and able to
respond to events, planning and replanning within runtime.
to develop intelligent service coordination techniques/methods
within open, decentralised multiagent systems: intelligent service
location (directory services, syntactic and semantic comparison
techniques for services) and generation and adaptation of composed
to develop mechanisms based on organisational structures and
virtual organisations that optimise and regulate the coordination
of services in open multiagent systems.
to define the mechanisms that allow the interaction between agents
in open distributed wireless systems in which problems of
communication and security may occur.
to develop and implement the necessary security and privacy policies.
to develop various prototypes in order to validate the proposed
architecture in collaboration with companies interested in the
proposal and in the results that are obtained from the project.
You can find more information about the project at
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