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Integrated Multi-Agent Interactive Environment

Objective

The IMAGINE project aims to provide a sophisticated and comprehensive environment upon which a variety of complex multi-agent systems can be built. In particular the environment has to support applications in the area of Human Computer Cooperative Work, which require a high level of cooperation among collections of multidimensionally distributed, heterogeneous autonomous agents, including humans.
The analysis of various application scenarios has led to a conceptual framework required to build multiagent systems in different domains. The basic concepts are: a communication framework for the underlying information flow between agents, an agent formalism providing a description level for individual agents, and a cooperation methods to support a wide variety of cooperation styles.

Based upon the concept formalization the multiagent language MAIL has been developed, defining and implementing the fundamental basic loop of an agent allowing for the definition of a wide variety of agents, their respective communication capabilities and cooperative behaviour.

As a result of a conceptual prototyping approach an integrated environment has been developed comprizing a first version of MAIL and the tool architecture. It is implemented in IC-Prolog II, a distribution logic language platform which integrates a multithreaded version of IC-Prolog and Parlog. IC-Prolog II has been provided as a powerful prototyping platform.

Coordinator

SIEMENS AG
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Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 München
Germany

Participants (7)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
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Exhibition Road
SW7 2BX London
Intrasoft
Greece
Address
Adrianiou Street 2
11525 Athenes
RIJKS UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Address
Wassenaarseweg, 52, 9555
2300RB Leiden
Roke Manor Research Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Roke Manor Old Salisbury Lane
SO51 0ZN Romsey
Steria
France
Address
12 Rue Paul Dautier
78142 Vélizy-villacoublay
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Roetersstraat, 15
1018 Amsterdam
University of Keele
United Kingdom
Address

ST5 5BG Keele