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Core specification and experiments in DIET:a decentralised ecosystem-inspired mobile agent system

Hoile, Cefn and Wang, Fang and Bonsma, Erwin and Marrow, Paul (2002) Core specification and experiments in DIET:a decentralised ecosystem-inspired mobile agent system. In: AAMAS '02 The First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (formerly known as Autonomous Agents). ACM Press, New York, pp. 623-630. ISBN 1-58113-480-0

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Mobile Agent systems have attracted considerable attention as means of exploring and manipulating distributed information sources. However, many existing multi-agent platforms present limitations in terms of adaptability and scalability, indicating difficulties when trying to replicate these results on a large scale. We describe the core of a novel mobile agent toolkit known as DIET, (Decentralised Information Ecosystem Technologies), which addresses some of these limitations and provides a foundation for an open, robust, adaptive and scalable agent ecosystem. We introduce DIET core features and describe how they support basic mobile agent capabilities such as migration and real-time interaction. We then illustrate how an ecosystem-inspired design approach differs from conventional design approaches. Finally, we experiment with a simple information retrieval scenario, demonstrating the emergence of agent communities through the evolution of environmental preferences. In this way we hope to clarify how applications built on this foundation could be used to tackle problems in adaptable and open real-world scenarios.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 65164
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 14 Jun 2013 14:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 06:49
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/65164

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