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ARCHON ™ (ARchitecture for Cooperative Heterogeneous ON-line systems) was Europe's largest ever project in the area of Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI). It devised a general-purpose architecture, software framework, and methodology which has been used to support the development of DAI systems in a number of real world industrial domains. Two of(More)
Computer-based systems are being used to tackle increasingly complex problems in ever more demanding domains. The size and amount of knowledge needed by such systems means they are becoming unwieldy and difficult to engineer into reliable, consistent products. One paradigm for overcoming this barrier is to decompose the problem into smaller more manageable(More)
1 INTRODUCTION Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques, and expert systems technology in particular, has often been used to tackle the most difficult automation problems. This is especially true in industrial applications where conventional software and teams of operators were unable to cope with the demands of rapidly changing, complex environments. After(More)
Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) in health-care domains are showing a rapid increase, in order to manage complex tasks and adapt gracefully to unexpected events. On the other hand, the lack of well-established agent-oriented engineering methodologies to transform knowledge level descriptions into deployable agent systems slackens MAS development. This paper(More)
Distributed Artificial Intelligence (DAI) systems in which multiple problem solving agents cooperate to achieve a common objective is a rapidly emerging and promising technology. However, as yet, there have been relatively few reported cases of such systems being employed to tackle real-world problems in realistic domains. One of the reasons for this is(More)
People are increasingly cooperating to share electronic information and techniques throughout various industries. In healthcare applications, data (a single patient's healthcare history), workflow (procedures carried out on that patient), and logs (a recording of meaningful procedural events) are often distributed among several heterogeneous and autonomous(More)
Acknowledgments: The work described in this paper has been carried out in the ESPRIT II project ARCHON Abstract: Systems in which semi-autonomous problem solving agents communicate and cooperate with one another represent an exciting vision of future computing environments. However, if this vision is ever going to result in commercially viable systems then(More)
Home Care services are notoriously difficult to deliver efficiently, due to the heterogeneity of the involved actors and the usual co-morbidity of the patients assisted at home. The K4Care platform proposes an agent-based three-layered architecture aimed at addressing these two issues and facilitate the provision of these services. The development of the(More)