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1 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing Agent-Based Computing: tools, languages and case studies (Cont’d)

2 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 2 Agent Programming Languages Agent-oriented programming languages –Not essential, BUT make life easier… Do you know of a specific functionality that can only be implemented with a particular programming language? –Special-purpose programming languages increase productivity as they offer higher-level constructs Particular aspects of the targeted domain are easier to explore Agent-oriented programming languages are useful –However, there are many out there and many more are appearing… –Let’s look at some of them!

3 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 3 AgentSpeak Influential abstract programming language Uses the BDI agent model (we’ll see more about it) –Beliefs: what the agent believes about the environment –Desires: what the agent needs to achieve –Intentions: plans to fulfil the desires

4 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 4 AgentSpeak Architecture

5 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 5 AgentSpeak Control Loop 1.Agent receives events which are either –External (from the environment or from sensors) –Internally generated Events (news and existing ones) are beliefs 2.Agent looks for plans that match events –Matching plans become desires 3.Agent chooses one plan from its desires to execute –Chosen plan is an intention 4.Execute chosen plan –During execution of plan, new events arise – go to 1

6 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 6 AgentSpeak: Beliefs Beliefs represent information the agent has –About the environment –About its own internal state Encoded as ground first-order logic predicates sensor(temperature, 30) sensor(smoke, low) sensor(movement, detected) status(light, on) status(door, closed) status(window, open)

7 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 7 AgentSpeak: Plans Created off-line (manually or via planning systems) Provide agents with a description of the actions it should perform: –How to respond to events (e.g., if fire detected, then enact the plan to put out fire and alert fire brigade) –How to achieve goals (e.g., how to book a flight from Dundee to Paris) Plan structure: –Trigger condition: an event the plan can handle –Context: conditions under which plan can be used –Body: actual actions comprising the plan

8 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 8 AgentSpeak: Plans (Cont’d) Format: TriggeringEvent : Context <- Body Meaning: –If TriggeringEvent arises and –Context holds in the current set of beliefs then –Execute Body

9 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 9 AgentSpeak: Events Achieve goal P: +!P Drop goal P: -!P Add new belief B: +B Drop belief B: -B

10 There is one single plan: if you have acquired goal “start” then when “true” holds (it always does) carry out the single step plan “print(“hello world”) Agent has a single initial goal /* Initial goals */ !start. /* Plans */ +!start : true <-.print("hello world."). peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 10 AgentSpeak: “Hello World”

11 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 11 Jason An interpreter of AgentSpeak in Java Development environment for MASs Free downloads: –http://jason.sourceforge.net Integrated with JADE (distributed execution) Eclipse plug-in

12 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 12 Java Extensions for Agent Programming Various extensions to Java –Agent-specific constructs/built-ins –JACK, JADE and JASON are Java extensions! There are, however, APIs which retain the syntax and “object-orientedness” of Java Agent Building and Learning Environment (ABLE) –IBM’s agent toolkit –Java interfaces and base classes defining a library of JavaBeans called AbleBeans, including Reading and writing text and database data, Rule-based inferencing using Boolean and fuzzy logic, Machine learning techniques (e.g., neural networks, Bayesian classifiers, and decision trees).

13 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 13 Case Study 1: Softbots Software robots (Softbots) –Intelligent software agents that use software tools and services on a person's behalf –User communicates what she wants accomplished (the goals), and softbots dynamically determine how to satisfy the person’s request Tool use is one of the hallmarks of intelligence –Softbots rely on the same tools and utilities available to human computer users –Tools for sending mail, printing files, searching the Web… Popular Softbots interact with a wide range of software tools and services through the WWW

14 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 14 Case Study 1: MetaCrawler WWW search services operated by the Univ. of Washington –1995–1997 –Licensed to Go2Net, now InfoSpace, in 1997. Single, central interface for WWW document searching

15 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 15 Case Study 1: MetaCrawler (Cont’d) Upon receiving a query: 1.It posts the query to multiple search engines in parallel, then 2.It performs sophisticated pruning on the responses returned MetaCrawler prunes as much as 75% of the returned responses as irrelevant, outdated, or unavailable

16 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 16 Case Study 1: MetaCrawler (Cont’d) Current version (

17 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 17 Case Study 2: Calendar Agent Retsina Semantic Web Calendar Agent –Developed at Carnegie-Melon’s Intell. Software Agents Lab –Interoperability between RDF-based calendar descriptions on the web, and Personal Information Manager (PIM) Systems such as Microsoft's Outlook –Home page: Schedules can be: –Browsed and imported by the user manually –Shared and imported autonomously by agents Assists users in keeping calendar “up-to-date” –Higher fidelity model of user’s schedule –Minimal cost on the user’s time Supports meeting scheduling –Agents negotiate meeting times based on user’s schedule and preferences

18 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 18 Case Study 2: Calendar Agent (Cont’d) Schedules and events described on the web in RDF, using ontologies, and linked to individual's contact information (e.g., their home page). Consists of –Distributed Meeting Scheduling Engine and –RETSINA Semantic Web Calendar Parser. Agent –Assists in organising and scheduling meetings between several individuals, –Coordinates these based on existing schedules maintained by MS Outlook.

19 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 19 Case Study 2: Calendar Agent (Cont’d) Agent interface and importing schedules onto Outlook

20 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 20 Case Study 3: Robot Teams Teams of robots must coordinate their actions and collaborate –Example: robots playing football –Each robot is an autonomous agent Robocup: yearly competition of robot teams –http://www.robocup.org –Sony AIBO Legged League Football matches between teams of autonomous quadruped robots made by Sony Corporation. –Sony AIBO's are publicly available and can be programmed

21 peer-to-peer and agent-based computing 21 Further reading A Survey of Programming Languages and Platforms for Multi-Agent Systems, Bordini et. al., 2006, available at A%20Survey%20of%20Programming%20Languages%20and %20Platforms...pdf A%20Survey%20of%20Programming%20Languages%20and %20Platforms...pdf Logics and Agent Programming Languages, Logan, B. and Alechina, N., ESSLLI 2009, available at JASON examples: IBM’s ABLE: ex.jsp?topic=%2Frzahx%2Findex.html ex.jsp?topic=%2Frzahx%2Findex.html

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