Martin D. Beer

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The KRAFT project aims to investigate how a distributed architecture can support the transformation and reuse of a particular class of knowledge, namely constraints, and to fuse this knowledge so as to gain added value, by using it for constraint solving or data retrieval.
KRAFT is an agent architecture for the integration of heterogeneous information systems. The focus in KRAFT is on the integration of knowledge in the form of constraints. In this article we describe the architecture from an ontological perspective. We start by introducing the agent architecture and illustrate its application in the telecommunication-network(More)
Most older, frail or disabled older people prefer to receive care in their own homes, in preference to the care provided within hospitals or residential home environments. Whilst the aims of community care address humanitarian issues, it is a challenging and expensive task to manage the organisation, logistics, quality assurance and efficiency of these(More)
This paper describes an agent system to demonstrate the practically of the INCA (Intelligent Community Support for the Elderly) architecture. This architecture is intended to integrate a number of autonomous systems; home monitoring, community alarms, care management systems and emergency systems command and control systems using agent technology to build(More)
As Internet bandwidth improves and connections become more reliable, on-line course designers will be encouraged to make more structured use of synchronous communications. Little work has so far been reported on how to make the best use of synchronous communications to support a problem solving approach. The OTIS pilot course made extensive use of(More)
A highly synchronous collaborative learning environment was developed as part of the OTIS (Occupational Therapy Internet School) environment. This used conventional Internet technology and while scalable over its intended use, would become increasingly inflexible as numbers of courses and students increase.This paper introduces an agent-based architecture(More)
Executive Summary Using an on-line learning environment, students from four European countries collaborated and communicated to carry out problem based learning in occupational therapy. The students never met each other face-to-face but carried out much of their communication through the medium of on-line synchronous tutorials. The aim of the synchronous(More)
Whilst tools assist the various tasks required to develop a multi-agent system (MAS), yet there still remains a gap between the generation of MAS models and program code. AUML development has enabled MAS designs to be specified in detail, including the complexities of agent communication protocols, which was a shortcoming of the Unified Modelling Language(More)