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Dynamic Control of Intelligent Agent Rules

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115393D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 75K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system which provides the ability to nest rules in a rule-based personal assistant environment. This is accomplished by adding an action called "Activate/Deactivate Rules", and a tag associated with each node for unique identification of rules within the system. Using these new techniques will allow the user to automatically have rules activated or blocked.

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Dynamic Control of Intelligent Agent Rules

      Disclosed is a system which provides the ability to nest rules
in a rule-based personal assistant environment.  This is accomplished
by adding an action called "Activate/Deactivate Rules", and a tag
associated with each node for unique identification of rules within
the system.  Using these new techniques will allow the user to
automatically have rules activated or blocked.

      An intelligent agent is a specialized program which
communicates and exchanges data with other intelligent agents, and
the interface to these agents is called a personal assistant.
Personal assistant programs, which use rule-based algorithms, are
quickly becoming the state-of-the-art method for automatically
performing tasks on the workstation, particularly in an office
environment.

      These personal assistants offer the user a fixed set of events,
conditions, and actions.  The events specify occurrences of events in
an office environment designated by the user, such as the point in
time when the user receives an electronic mail item.  The conditions
are related criteria at the time the event occurs, such as a certain
time of day.  The actions are the functions designated by the user to
occur automatically when the event occurs under the stated
conditions.

Typically, personal assistants process three types of events:
  o  Mail: When mail arrives
  o  Time: At a specific time
  o  File: If file manipulation occurs

      However, there is no provision for dynamically setting the
conditions for rule execution in a personal assistant environm...