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.
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