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Protocol Management Mechanism for Agent Interaction

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119127D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mima, Y: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a protocol management mechanism which can help unfamiliar agents interact with each other. This mechanism can be a key component in multi-agent systems in which agents developed independently have to collaborate. Interactions between unfamiliar agents are performed by using a type database (db) which represents interaction protocol. Since it is assumed that agents interact via message passing, type information for messages are stored in the type db. Besides, type information for items is also represented as categories with particular attributes. As long as an agent speaks in accordance with the interaction protocol, others can understand messages from the agent. This mechanism is especially useful in an agent meeting place where unfamiliar agents gather from other hosts.

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Protocol Management Mechanism for Agent Interaction

      Disclosed is a protocol management mechanism which can help
unfamiliar agents interact with each other.  This mechanism can be a
key component in multi-agent systems in which agents developed
independently have to collaborate.  Interactions between unfamiliar
agents are performed by using a type database (db) which represents
interaction protocol.  Since it is assumed that agents interact via
message passing, type information for messages are stored in the type
db.  Besides, type information for items is also represented as
categories with particular attributes.  As long as an agent speaks in
accordance with the interaction protocol, others can understand
messages from the agent.  This mechanism is especially useful in an
agent meeting place where unfamiliar agents gather from other hosts.

      As an application of the mechanism, electric marketplaces are
described, based on the selling and buying agent.  Although selling
agents have to be implemented with knowledge of goods, buying agents
can be independent of particular goods.  For example, a buying agent
may get a category information from the type db and give a query
input Graphical User Interface (GUI) to a user based on attributes
defined in the category.  When taking account of agent mobility,
multiple marketplaces can be linked in a different way.  Assume that
there are two marketplaces, called A and B.  An agent, called a
market advertis...