Gleams of People: Monitoring the Presence of People with Multi-agent Architecture

  • Takeshi Ohguro
  • Sen Yoshida
  • Kazuhiro Kuwabara
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1733)


In this paper we propose a system named Gleams of People, for monitoring the presence and the status of people. The concept, architecture and implementation issues are described. This system is one step towards new network communication tools, with the features of non-disturbing, simple and intuitional messaging/signaling, not necessarily relies on written or spoken languages, and retain the feeling of “connected.”

The system is designed as a multi-agent system where a personal agent is assigned to each people. The personal agent can be considered to specifically treat social activities and relations of a person. Such agents play an important role in communityware (or socialware), which aims to support future network communications and communities. Gleams of People can be a good sample application for socialware.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeshi Ohguro
    • 1
  • Sen Yoshida
    • 1
  • Kazuhiro Kuwabara
    • 1
  1. 1.NTT Communication Science LaboratoriesSoraku-gunJAPAN

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