Intelligent Agents for E-Learning

Intelligent Agents for E-Learning

Ralf Bruns (Hanover University of Applied Sciences, Germany) and Jürgen Dunkel (Hanover University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-958-8.ch002
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We propose the software architecture of a new generation of advisory systems using Intelligent Agent and Semantic Web technologies. Multi-agent systems provide a well-suited paradigm to implement negotiation processes in consultancy situations. Intelligent software agents act as clients and advisors using their knowledge in order to assist human users. In the proposed architecture the domain knowledge is semantically modeled by means of XML-based ontology languages such as OWL. Using an inference engine the agents reason on base of their knowledge to make decisions or proposals. The agent knowledge consists of different types of data: on the one hand private data, which has to be protected against unauthorized access, and on the other hand publicly accessible data spread over different web sites. Comparable to a real consultancy situation, an agent only reveals sensitive private data if it is indispensable for finding a solution. In addition, depending on the actual consultancy situation each agent dynamically expands its knowledge base by accessing OWL knowledge sources from the Internet. The usefulness of our approach is proved by the implementation of an advisory system whose objective is to develop virtual student advisers that render support to university students in order to successfully organize und perform their studies.

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Vijayan Sugumaran
Chapter 1
Simon Schwingel, Gottfried Vossen, Peter Westerkamp
E-learning environments and their system functionalities resemble one another to a large extent. Recent standardization efforts in e-learning... Sample PDF
Securing the Infrastructure for Service-Based E-Learning Environments
Chapter 2
Ralf Bruns, Jürgen Dunkel
We propose the software architecture of a new generation of advisory systems using Intelligent Agent and Semantic Web technologies. Multi-agent... Sample PDF
Intelligent Agents for E-Learning
Chapter 3
Pan, Pan, Weidong, Weidong
In order to make online learning more productive, software agent technology has been applied to provide services for learners to assist them to... Sample PDF
Assisting Learners to Dynamically Adjust Learning Processes by Software Agents
Chapter 4
Mohamed Salah Hamdi
The evolution of the Internet into the Global Information Infrastructure has led to an explosion in the amount of available information. The result... Sample PDF
Combating Information Overload by Means of Information Customization Systems
Chapter 5
Ivan Jureta, Manuel Kolp, Stéphane Faulkner
Today, high volume of goods and services is being traded using online auction systems. The growth in size and complexity of architectures to support... Sample PDF
An Agent-Oriented Perspective on E-Bidding Systems
Chapter 6
Patricia Anthony
Online auctions are becoming extremely popular because of the convenience that it offers to the consumers. Much work has been done in designing... Sample PDF
Implementing Seller Agent in Multiple Online Auctions
Chapter 7
Alexander Serenko
This chapter reports on an empirical investigation of user perceptions of the importance of several characteristics of interface agents. Interface... Sample PDF
The Importance of Interface Agent Characteristics from the End-User Perspective
Chapter 8
Eduardo H. Ramírez, Ramón F. Brena
In this chapter we discuss the general aspects related to the utilization of MultiAgent systems in Enterprise environments with special emphasis on... Sample PDF
Multiagent Systems and Web Services in Enterprise Environments
Chapter 9
Xining Li, Lei Song
Mining information from distributed data sources over the Internet is a growing research area. The introduction of mobile agent paradigm opens a new... Sample PDF
A Service Discovery Model for Mobile Agent Based Distributed Data Mining
Chapter 10
M. A. Serhani, M. E. Badidi, A. Benharref, R. Dssouli, H. Sahraoui
With the proliferation of Web services and their wide adoption as a novel technology for business-to-business interactions on the Web, Quality of... Sample PDF
Integration of Management of Quality of Web Services in Service Oriented Architecture
Chapter 11
Sebastian C. Brandt, Marcus Schlüter, Matthias Jarke
The design and development processes of complex technical systems are of crucial importance to the competitiveness of a technology-oriented... Sample PDF
Using Semantic Technologies for the Support of Engineering Design Processes
Chapter 12
Rafael Cunha Cardoso, Fernando da Fonseca de Souza, Ana Carolina Salgado
Currently, systems dedicated to information retrieval/extraction perform an important role on fetching relevant and qualified information from the... Sample PDF
Using Semantic Web Concepts to Retrieve Specific Domain Information from the Web
Chapter 13
Hung V. Nguyen, H. Davulcu
Most search engines do their text query and retrieval using keywords. However, vendors cannot anticipate all possible ways in which shoppers search... Sample PDF
On the Problem of Mining Phrase Definition from Item Descriptions
Chapter 14
K. Abumani, R. Nedunchezhian
Data mining techniques have been widely used for extracting non-trivial information from massive amounts of data. They help in strategic... Sample PDF
Improved Privacy: Preserving Techniques in Large Database
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