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Multi-Agent Programming:

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Towards Pervasive Intelligence: Reflections on the Evolution of the Agent Factory Framework

  • Conor MuldoonAffiliated withThe Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, School of Computer Science & Informatics, University College Dublin Email author 
  • , GregoryM.P. O’HareAffiliated withThe Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, School of Computer Science & Informatics, University College Dublin
  • , Rem W. CollierAffiliated withThe Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, School of Computer Science & Informatics, University College Dublin
  • , MichaelJ. O’GradyAffiliated withThe Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, School of Computer Science & Informatics, University College Dublin

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Abstract

Agent Factory is a cohesive framework for the development and deployment of multi-agentsystems. Since its inception in the mid 1990s, Agent Factory has gone through a metamorphosis process, whereby several new extensions, revisions, and enhancements have been made. This chapter provides a discussion of the incremental developments in Agent Factory and provides motivations as to why such changes were necessary. Agent Factory distinguishes itself from other intentional agent platforms in several ways. It provides a practical and efficient approach to the development of intentional agent-oriented applications. This is combined with a methodology, integrated development environment support, and a suite of tools that aid the agent fabrication process. Adetailed comparison to related work is provided. We include a tutorial on how to use the framework.