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Energy management is nowadays a subject of great importance and complexity. It consists in choosing among a set of sources able to produce energy that will give energy to a set of loads by minimising losses and costs. The sources and loads are heterogeneous, distributed and the reaction of the system, the choice of sources, must be done in real-time to(More)
The construction of ad-hoc design processes is more and more required today. In this paper we present our approach for the construction of a new design process following the Situational Method Engineering paradigm. We mainly focus of the selection and assembly activities on the base of what we consider a key element in agent design processes: the MAS(More)
We present a qualitative model of the interaction between the HIV-1 virus and the human cell, based on qualitative process theory. This model takes into account a previous qualitative model of the cell growth. The model presented here can be regarded as a first step for setting up a comprehensive model of the HIV-1 virus-cell interaction in which the(More)
A new architecture for autonomous agents is proposed. The architecture integrates the symbolic and and the be-havioral processing of data coming from the robot sensors. The integration is based on the introduction of a conceptual space representation that links the subconceptual level, which is a repository of behavioral modules, with the symbolic level, in(More)
An expert system, named BREASTCAN and designed to assist physicians giving postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer, is described. The system is based on frames, each corresponding to one stage of treatment--either a decision-making stage or a therapeutic stage. The system has been designed to allow fast and easy consultation by general(More)
The use of design patterns proved successful in lowering the development time and number of errors when producing software with the object-oriented paradigm. In previous works we engaged the production of a tool for the reuse of patterns for multi-agent systems. Now we are fronting a new problem: automatic code generation for agents, designed with a(More)
This paper presents Visual Heuristics, a consultation system for diagnosis based on thorax radiograph recording. Visual Heuristics uses both prototypical representations of physiological and pathological states and reasoning aimed to infer conclusions from pathological or physiological conditions, establishing correspondences between pathological or(More)