Trinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Science
Green, Shaw; Hurst, Leon; Nangle, Brenda; Cunningham, Pádraig. 'Software Agents: A review'. - Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Computer Science, TCD-CS-1997-06, 1997, pp51
Computer Science Technical Report TCD-CS-1997-06
[Introduction] In September 1996, Broadcom Ireland formed a research collaboration with the Computer Science
Department in Trinity College Dublin., in order to explore current research in the domain of Intelligent
Agents and to apply this technology to applications in communications. The resulting collaboration has
been named the Intelligent Agents Group (IAG), consisting of four members from TCD working in
liaison with a group of similar size from Broadcom.
Intelligent Agents are one of the "hot" topics in Information Systems R&D at the moment. The last ten
years have seen a marked interest in agent-oriented technology, spanning applications as diverse as
information retrieval, user interface design and network management. This diversity means that the IA
field presents a very confusing picture. The main goal of this IAG review is to report on research in the
rapidly evolving area of software agents and to highlight the applicability of this technology to our
Chapter 2 introduces the concept of an agent, the reasons for the increasingly growing interest in this
field and briefly outlines the key aspects of the three areas the IAG has chosen for research, namely,
Intelligent User Interfaces, Distributed Agent Technology and Mobile Agent Technology. Chapters 3,
4 and 5 will then provide in-depth overviews on each of these areas, outlining the underlying
technologies and associated research projects and existing applications. Finally, section 6 will conclude
this review with an overall summary.
More information is available from our WWW pages at: http://www.cs.tcd.ie/Brenda.Nangle/iag.html
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