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EPSRC Reference: GR/N35816/01
Title: MAGNITUDE: MOBILE AGENTS NEGOTIATING FOR ITINERANT USERS IN THE DISTRIBUTED ENTERPRISE
Principal Investigator: Moreau, Professor L
Other Investigators:
Hall, Professor Dame W Jennings, Professor N De Roure, Professor D
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Project Partners:
Defence Science and Technology Laborator
Department: Electronics and Computer Science
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 July 2001 Ends: 31 October 2004 Value (£): 183,868
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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The aim of the MAGNITUDE project is to design and build the infrastructure that makes customised information available to intermittently connected users. For that purpose, we will investigate the use of mobile agents as autonomous intermediaries between such users and fixed infrastructure services. Application specific mobile agents, spawned from users' PDAs, will migrate to the infrastructure in order to undertake their task autonomously. These mobile agents will be used to provide users with the means to access and exchange information, in an ad-hoc and secure manner, while on the move. Multi-agent interaction protocols, such as negotiation and co-operation, will help preserve the security of the environment. Open hypermedia techniques, and in particular link services, will be investigated in order to deal with information management in this context; in particular, these techniques will be used to filter and present information according to the users' needs.
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