Intelligent Software Agents

Intelligent Software Agents

Alexa Heucke (Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany), Georg Peters (Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany) and Roger Tagg (University of South Australia, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch281
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Abstract

An agent, in traditional use of the word, is a person that acts on behalf of another person or group of persons. In software, the term agent is broadly used to describe software that carries out a specialist range of tasks, on behalf of either a human user or other pieces of software. Such a concept is not new in computing. Similar things have been said about subroutines, re-usable objects, components and Web services. So what makes agents more than just another computer technology buzzword and research fashion?

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