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Organizations of Agents in Information Fusion Environments

  • Dante I. Tapia
  • Fernando de la Prieta
  • Sara Rodríguez González
  • Javier Bajo
  • Juan M. Corchado
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7026)

Abstract

Information fusion in a context-aware system is understood as a process that assembles assessments of the environment based on its goals. Advantages of intelligent approaches such as Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) and the use of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) within the information fusion process are emerging, especially in context-aware scenarios. However, it has become critical to propose improved and efficient ways to handle the enormous quantity of data provided by these approaches. Agents are a suitable option because they can represent autonomous entities by modeling their capabilities, expertise and intentions. In this sense, virtual organizations of agents are an interesting option/possibility because they can provide the necessary capacity to handle open and heterogeneous systems such as those normally found in the information fusion process. This paper presents a new framework that defines a method for creating a virtual organization of software and hardware agents. This approach facilitates the inclusion of context-aware capabilities when developing intelligent and adaptable systems, where functionalities can communicate in a distributed and collaborative way. Several tests have been performed to evaluate this framework and preliminary results and conclusions are presented.

Keywords

Information Fusion Wireless Sensor Networks Multi-Agent Systems Virtual Organizations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dante I. Tapia
    • 1
  • Fernando de la Prieta
    • 1
  • Sara Rodríguez González
    • 1
  • Javier Bajo
    • 2
  • Juan M. Corchado
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SalamancaSalamancaSpain
  2. 2.Pontifical University of SalamancaSalamancaSpain

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