JACK Intelligent Agents - Components for Intelligent Agents in Java

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Busetta, P and Rönnquist, R and Hodgson, A and Lucas, A (1999) JACK Intelligent Agents - Components for Intelligent Agents in Java. AgentLink News (2). pp. 2-5.

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Intelligent Agents are being used for modelling simple rational behaviours in a wide range of distributed applications. In particular, multi-agent architectures based on the Belief-Desire-Intention model have been used successfully in situations where modelling of human reasoning and team behaviour are needed, such as simulating tactical decision-making in air operations and command and control structures. Other applications include intelligent decision support, telephone call centres, and air traffic management. The JACK Intelligent AgentsTM framework by Agent Oriented Software brings the concept of intelligent agents into the mainstream of commercial software engineering and Java. JACK Intelligent Agents is a third generation agent framework, designed as a set of light-weight components with high performance and strong data typing. We present the design approach and major technical characteristics of JACK Intelligent Agents. An outline of a typical development process involving the framework is given. Also, we discuss the benefits of the component-based approach, both for the software engineer developing sophisticated distributed applications, and for the researcher exploring agent models and architectures.

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