Facilitating Message Exchange through Middle Agents

Terence Payne, Rahul Singh, and Katia Sycara
The First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, 2002.


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Abstract
To utilize services provided by other agents, a requesting agent needs to locate and communicate with these service providers. Specifically, in order to interoperate with the providers, the requesting agent should know: 1) the service provider's interface; 2) the ontology that defines concepts used by the provider; and 3) the agent communication language (ACL) the agent uses so that it can parse and understand the communication. Currently deployed Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) encode the interface description and the ontology within a service provider's capability description (or advertisement) that is registered with a Middle Agent; however, this assumes a common ACL between communicating agents. We demonstrate how agents can communicate with each other using a template-based shallow parsing approach to constructing and decomposing messages, thus relaxing assumptions on the ACLs and message formats used.

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Advanced Agent - Robotics Technology Lab

Text Reference
Terence Payne, Rahul Singh, and Katia Sycara, "Facilitating Message Exchange through Middle Agents," The First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, 2002.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Payne_2002_4051,
   author = "Terence Payne and Rahul Singh and Katia Sycara",
   title = "Facilitating Message Exchange through Middle Agents",
   booktitle = "The First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems",
   year = "2002",
}