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Re: Definition of agent in the Web Architecture

From: AP Meyer <a.p.meyer@fel.tno.nl>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 09:02:27 +0200
Message-ID: <41469783.9060503@fel.tno.nl>
To: Paul Cotton <pcotton@microsoft.com>
CC: public-webarch-comments@w3.org

Dear Paul

Thanks for considering my comments. Of course, I am not intensely 
satisfied with your response. While I agree that the statements made 
about agents in the document are clear I feel that there is more to 
agents and the sematic web than the document suggests.
As your response reflects the opinion of a majority I have no problems 
accepting it.

good luck
g
Andre


Paul Cotton wrote:

>Thank you for your comment on the WebArch document [1].
>
>The TAG reviewed your comment at its meeting today and declined to make
>the change that you suggested.  
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>The WebArch document introduces its use of the terms "Web agent", "user
>agent" and "agent" in the Introduction.  We believe that the use of
>these terms is clear in the document and does not require the additional
>description of "autonomy and intelligence" as you have suggested.
>
>Please let us know if you are satisfied with this response to your
>comment.
>
>/paulc
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>[1]
>http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webarch-comments/2004JulSep/0
>046.html 
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>Paul Cotton, Microsoft Canada 
>17 Eleanor Drive, Nepean, Ontario K2E 6A3 
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>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: public-webarch-comments-request@w3.org [mailto:public-webarch-
>>comments-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of AP Meyer
>>Sent: August 30, 2004 3:47 AM
>>To: public-webarch-comments@w3.org
>>Subject: Definition of agent in the Web Architecture
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>>Hi All
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>>It is a pleasure to see how often the term agent is used in the
>>architecture document. This confirms the intimate relationship of
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>agent
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>>technology and the semantic web. However, the definition given at
>>http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-webarch-20040816/#def-web-agent is too
>>restricted.
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>>In particular the notions of autonomy and intelligence are not
>>mentioned. Autonomy refers to the ability of agents to act without
>>explicit commands, e.g. by defining long-term goals. Tasks may be
>>allocated in negotiations among agents without human intervention.
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>>Intelligence refers to the ability of agents to reason about their
>>actions based on their world model. OWL reasoners are an example for
>>this, others are BDI logics, rule-based systems and others. Adding
>>autonomy and intelligence as explicit features of agents broadens the
>>scope of the use of agent technology for the semantic web to include
>>slef-organising agent societies less tied to immediate user actions.
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>>A third relevant attribute of agents for the (semantic) web is
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>mobility.
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>>Mobile agents can travel among address spaces and interact locally
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>with
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>>other agents and services. The inclusion of mobility as part of the
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>Web
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>>Architecture would allow agents to play a more active role on the Web,
>>resulting in open systems for agent societies. Standardisation of
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>agent
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>>platforms occurs within FIPA (http://www.fipa.org/).
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>>For reference on multi-agent systems see:
>>Weiss, G. (ed.), Multiagent Systems: A Modern Approach to Distributed
>>Artificial Intelligence, MIT Press, 2000
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>>hope this helps
>>kind regards
>>Andre
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>>--
>>Dr. Andre P. Meyer
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>http://home.hccnet.nl/a.meyer/
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Dr. Andre P. Meyer                        http://home.hccnet.nl/a.meyer/
TNO FEL Command & Control and Simulation, http://www.fel.tno.nl/div2/
Delft Cooperation on Intelligent Systems, http://www.decis.nl/
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