Refereed Conference Papers

A model for agent mobility and interaction.
P. Mariano, M. Simoes Marques, L. Correia, R. Ribeiro, V. Abramov, J. Goossenaerts, M. Chli, and P. De Wilde, in L. Gomes and R. Zurawski, editors, Proceedings of the 9th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Piscataway, NJ, 2003. IEEE.


As information infrastructures move towards open systems where agents come and go, new facilities are required so that these agents can take advantage of each others functionalities. We need agent systems that can provide to newcomer agents a place and the right agent to interact with. Such functionality must cope with high rate of agent entrance, high load of agents, vanishing agents or nodes in the agent system. Given these requirements, agents are constantly facing a problem of deciding where to go and with whom to work with. These two decisions, pertaining to mobility and interaction, have been singled out as fundamental of even agent svstem. We present an algorithm targeted at these two decisions while it fulfils the aforementioned requirements.