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Building complex knowledge-based systems which support in their frame the cooperation of semi-autonomous distributed expert systems is not an easy task. These systems, if successfully established, can introduce knowledge-based techniques in applications requiring distributed architectures and multiple knowledge domains, such as industrial process control and decision making supported by multiple experts. The last few years have seen a number of prototypes produced by this area of research. In this paper, experience gained in relation to the development of such a prototype is described. Subsequently, advanced architectural solutions to the problems encountered during this experimentation are proposed. One area of improvement is that of human computer interaction. Finally, a methodological framework is proposed, based on principles of organisation theory, supporting the design of these multi-agent systems. The objective is to build a designer's toolbox implementing the basic ideas of this frame.

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Authors: ABOURIS N, JRC Ispra (IT);LEKKAS G, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 3rd Panhellenic Conference in Informatics, Athens (GR), May 28-31, 1991
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EL 36222 ORA
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