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Advances in Artificial Intelligence. PRICAI 2000 Workshop Reader

Volume 2112 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 147-157

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Virtual Enterprise Design - BDI Agents vs. Objects

  • Iyad RahwanAffiliated withSchool of Information Technology, Swinburne University of Technology
  • , Ryszard KowalczykAffiliated withCSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences
  • , Yun YangAffiliated withSchool of Information Technology, Swinburne University of Technology

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Abstract

Current research identifying architectures for a virtual enterprise has moved from information modelling to role modelling. Thus, a high level of autonomy results from the distribution of responsibilities, capabilities, and knowledge among different business units in the virtual enterprise at the design stage. Current trends tend towards using object-oriented technology as an effective abstract system design and implementation methodology. We argue that applying the software agent paradigm to the virtual enterprise provides various advantages on both the design and operational levels. We further show that the Belief Desire Intention agent architecture has additional abilities of mapping real world business unit autonomy and interaction. We also introduce the Belief Desire Intention agent paradigm capability of facilitating highly flexible (agile) enterprise design and implementation.