An Agent-Based Platform for Ad-Hoc Social Networking

  • Vedran Podobnik
  • Ignac Lovrek
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6682)


Social network services such as Facebook, MySpace or Twitter support more or less permanent social relationships, where user interaction takes place via fixed or mobile access to the Internet. However, in many situations social relationships are ad-hoc (i.e., set up by (mobile) users located in a limited geographical area during a certain period in time). To effectively support this kind of social relationships, we propose an extension of basic social networking model – the ad-hoc social networking. This paper defines the model for ad-hoc social networking, describes functionalities and architecture of a platform for ad-hoc social networking and explains why software agents are opportune technology for platform implementation. Finally, paper presents several applications of ad-hoc social networking.


ad-hoc connections social network service mobile user user agent user collaboration smart community 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vedran Podobnik
    • 1
  • Ignac Lovrek
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Electrical Engineering and ComputingUniversity of ZagrebCroatia

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