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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)
This paper advocates the application of VRML in the visualisation of social robotic behaviour. We present the Virtual Reality Workbench, which via the Social Robot Architecture integrates the key elements of Virtual Reality and robotics in a coherent and systematic manner. To support this, we deliver a development environment, Agent Factory, which(More)
This paper provides an overview Agent Factory, a rapid prototyping environment for Multi-Agent Systems. It examines the agent models and software tools used in this fabrication process. In particular, the paper concentrates upon the Agent Factory Visualiser (AFV) tool – a tool that supports the visualisation of agent communities through the Internet by way(More)
Agent Factory is a cohesive framework for the development and deployment of multi-agent systems. Since its inception in the mid 1990s, Agent Factory has gone through a metamorphosis process, whereby several new extensions, revisions, and enhancements have been made. This chapter provides a discussion of the incremental developments in Agent Factory and(More)