Constraint Agents for the Information Age
Jean-Marc Andreoli, Uwe Borghoff, Remo Pareschi, Hans Schlichter
We propose constraints as the appropriate computational constructs for the design of agents with the task of
selecting, merging and managing electronic information coming from such services as Internet access, digital
libraries, E-mail, or on-line information repositories. Specifically, we introduce the framework of
Constraint-Based Knowledge Brokers, which are concurrent agents that use so-called signed feature
constraints to represent partially specified information and can flexibly cooperate in the management of
distributed knowledge. We illustrate our approach by several examples, and we define application scenarios
based on related technology such as Telescript and workflow management systems.
Journal of Universal Computer Science, 1(12), pp. 762-789, Dec. 1995.
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