Mobile agent interaction in heterogeneous environments

  • Peter Dömel
  • Anselm Lingnau
  • Oswald Drobnik
Session 4: Inter-Agent Communication
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1219)


An open problem in mobile agent research is the interaction between agents in different ‘worlds’. In this paper, we survey various approaches to agent interaction and discuss the interoperation between Telescript and ffMAIN agents through the use of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and the shared information space provided by ffMAIN.


mobile agents interaction HTTP Telescript ffMAIN KQML 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Dömel
    • 1
  • Anselm Lingnau
    • 1
  • Oswald Drobnik
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer ScienceJ.W. Goethe-UniversitätFrankfurt/Main

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