Readings in Agents - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781558604957, 9780080515809

Readings in Agents

1st Edition

Editors: Michael Huhns Munindar Singh
Paperback ISBN: 9781558604957
eBook ISBN: 9780080515809
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Page Count: 523

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The world of agents comprises a broad range of intelligent programs that perform specific tasks on behalf of their users. Agents are distinguished from other types of software by their status as independent entities capable of completing complex assignments without intervention, rather than as tools that must be manipulated by a user. Largely the province of speculation before the early 1990s, agent research has flourished since the advent of the Internet, which has created an ideal operating environment.

This important collection unifies the extensive recent literature on agent technology, presenting a wealth of the finest published papers on both theory and applications. Huhns and Singh have drawn on research communities in AI, databases, distributed computing, and programming languages to assemble the most comprehensive overview of the agent world available. The editors add a summary of the field and its terminology, history, and major issues, together with introductions to each of the thematic chapters and discussions of the significance and context of the individual papers.

Focuses on:

  • applications of agents
  • classical techniques for agent construction
  • theory for modeling and understanding agents
  • intellectual frontiers in agent science.

Researchers, practitioners, and students will gain the essential background and perspective needed to understand and appreciate current and future agent research.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface

Chapter 1 Agents and Multiagent Systems: Themes, Approaches, and Challenges

Chapter 2 Applications 2.1 Enterprises

  • Industrial Applications of Distributed AI, by B. Chaib-draa
  • Global Information Management via Local Autonomous Agents, by Michael N. Huhns, Munindar P. Singh, and Tomasz Ksiezyk
  • PACT: An Experiment in Integrating Concurrent Engineering Systems, by Mark R. Cutkosky, Robert S. Engelmore, Richard E. Fikes, Michael R. Genesereth, Thomas R. Gruber, William S. Mark, Jay M. Tenenbaum, and Jay C. Weber
  • The Redux' Server, by Charles Petrie
  • Issues in Automated Negotiation and Electronic Commerce: Extending the Contract Net Framework, by Tuomas Sandholm and Victor Lesser 2.2 Internet and Information Access
  • A Softbot-Based Interface to the Internet, by Oren Etzioni and Daniel Weld
  • Query Processing in the SIMS Information Mediator, by Yigal Arens, Chun-Nan Hsu, and Craig A. Knoblock
  • Matchmaking for Information Agents, by Daniel Kuokka and Larry Harada
  • The Agent Architecture of the University of Michigan Digital Library, by E. H. Durfee, D. L. Kiskis, and W. P. Birmingham 2.3 Personal Assistants
  • Collaborative Interface Agents, by Yezdi Lashkari, Max Metral, and Pattie Maes
  • COLLAGEN: When Agents Collaborate with People, by Charles Rich and Candace L. Sidner
  • An Experiment in the Design of Software Agents, by Henry Kautz, Bart Selman, Michael Coen, Steven Ketchpel, and Chris Ramming
  • A Planner for Exploratory Data Analysis, by Robert St. Amant and Paul R. Cohen 2.4 Other Applications
  • Multiagent Collaboration in Directed Improvisation, by Barbara Hayes-Roth, Lee Brownston, and Robert van Gent
  • Animated Conversati


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About the Editor

Michael Huhns

Munindar Singh


"As well as featuring an extremely large and diverse collection of papers on the latest in Agent based technologies, this book has a wonderful introduction by the Editors. If you are considering, or indulging in, researching agent software then you need this book." from Glasgow, Scotland