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Agent Communication in Multi Agent Systems

Agent Communication in Multi Agent Systems

Software agents are designed to perform specific tasks. If agents need to accomplish several comprehensive goals (i.e. their design objectives), either their complexity can be increased, which goes along with a time-consuming development effort, or they can work co-operatively. For that reason, effective communication mechanisms are required, which are based on a common language and communication medium.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"


Interaction within agent communities is essential for cooperation between agents to succeed. Peer-to-peer communication is the key to preserve agents from isolation. Several proprietary protocols and languages have been designed and implemented over the last decade. Easier solutions simply utilize common protocols like HTTP.


The main objective of this work is the consideration and discussion of state-of-the-art communication approaches in the field of agent technologies. The speech act theory acts as a starting point and forms the basis for exposing the fundamentals, requirements, and protocols of modern agent communication.



1)Foundation<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /> for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) [www.fipa.org] 2)FIPA Agent Communication Language (ACL) [www.fipa.org/specs/fipa00061] 3)Knowledge Query and Manipulation Language (KQML) [www.cs.umbc.edu/kqml] 4)Knowledge Interchange Format (KIF) [http://logic.stanford.edu/kif/kif.html]<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


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