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This paper introduces Agent Factory, a cohesive framework supporting a structured approach to the development and deployment of agent-oriented applications. We describe Agent Factory together with an accompanying agent development methodology. We detail the key attributes of Agent Factory, namely: visual design, design reuse, behaviour enactment, migration,(More)
Data Fusion is the combination of a number of independent search results, relating to the same document collection, into a single result to be presented to the user. A number of probabilistic data fusion models have been shown to be effective in empirical studies. These typically attempt to estimate the probability that particular documents will be(More)
Data fusion is the combination of the results of independent searches on a document collection into one single output result set. It has been shown in the past that this can greatly improve retrieval effectiveness over that of the individual results.This paper presents <i>probFuse</i>, a probabilistic approach to data fusion. <i>ProbFuse</i> assumes that(More)
For AOP (Agent Oriented Programming) to become a mature discipline, lessons must be learned from practical language implementations. We present AF-APL (AgentFac-tory-Agent Programming Language) as an Agent Oriented Programming Language that has matured with continued revisions and implementations, resulting in a language-which, although based on the more(More)
Ambient Intelligence represents a vision of the future whereby the world will be saturated with embedded electronic devices that are sensitive and responsive to people. This technology will combine the concepts of intelligent systems with that of pervasive computing. Intelligent agents of varying capabilities will provide the foundations for many(More)
Recent developments in the field of data fusion have seen a focus on techniques that use training queries to estimate the probability that various documents are relevant to a given query and use that information to assign scores to those documents on which they are subsequently ranked. This paper introduces SlideFuse, which builds on these techniques,(More)
This paper introduces the Agents Channeling ContExt Sensitive Services (ACCESS) architecture, an agent-based architecture that supports the development and deployment of context sensitive services. Specifically, ACCESS is comprised of two subsystems: a run-time system that delivers the minimum functionality necessary to execute ACCESS Agents, and a(More)