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Agent-Based Distributed Component Services in Spatial Modeling

  • Allan J. Brimicombe
  • Yang Li
  • Abdullah Al-Zakwani
  • Chao Li
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5592)

Abstract

Agent technologies have been increasingly applied to spatial simulation and modeling in silico. Where multi-agent systems have been used for spatial simulation, agents have tended to be deployed as spatial objects in order to study emergent patterns from micro-level behaviors. Many of these applications only deploy a weak notion of agency. More recently, the concept has emerged in the spatial domain that agents can be deployed as services to assist in complex modeling tasks. Agent-based distributed component services bring a stronger notion of agency to spatial modeling and are particularly suited to achieving interoperability in heterogeneous computational environments. Two case studies are presented. In the first, agent-based services are deployed over a network for spatial data quality analysis. In the second, a variogram agent component is used to demonstrate how a collaborating multi-agent system can provide intelligent, autonomous services to carry out complex operations.

Keywords

Agent technology spatial modeling distributed component GIS 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allan J. Brimicombe
    • 1
  • Yang Li
    • 1
  • Abdullah Al-Zakwani
    • 1
  • Chao Li
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Geo-Information StudiesUniversity of East LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Centre for Advanced Spatial AnalysisUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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