An Intelligent Knowledge-Based Multi-Agent Architecture for Collaboration (IKMAC) in B2B e-Marketplaces

An Intelligent Knowledge-Based Multi-Agent Architecture for Collaboration (IKMAC) in B2B e-Marketplaces

Rahul Singh (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA), Lakshmi Iyer (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA) and Al Salam (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-943-4.ch057
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Abstract

This chapter presents an Intelligent Knowledge-Based Multi-Agent Architecture for Collaboration (IKMAC) in B2B e-Marketplaces. IKMAC is built upon existing bodies of knowledge in intelligent agents, knowledge management, e-business, XML, and web service standards. This chapter focuses on the translation of data, information, and knowledge into XML documents by software agents, thereby creating the foundation for knowledge representation and exchange by intelligent agents that support collaborative work between business partners. The realization of the proposed architecture is explained through an infomediary-based e-Marketplace prototype in which agents facilitate collaboration by exchanging their knowledge using XML and related sets of standards. Use of such systems will provide collaborating partners with intelligent knowledge management (KM) capabilities for seamless and transparent exchange of dynamic supply and demand information.

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