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This section is an introduction to the software agent technology. It contains a brief history of software agents. Then definitions of Agent, Agent System, Multi-Agent System(MAS) etc. are given and such properties of agents as autonomous, pro-active, reactive, social etc. are discussed.

Also agent typology composed of collaborative, interface, mobile, information/internet, reactive, hybrid and smart agents is described and then an overview of different agent types is given with the rationales, hypotheses, goals, key challenges and state-of-the-art demonstrators of each agent type.

Then MAS(Multi-Agent Systems) are discussed with their motivations, benefits and possible applications. Different technologies of current agent systems and requirements for them (mobility, communication and interoperability, security) are considered. Then some state-of-the-art mobile agent platforms are examined with their advantages and disadvantages.

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Topic revision r1.6 - 24 Nov 2004 - 08:40 GMT - AndreyUstyuzhanin
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