Title: Context-aware agents in cooperative design environment

Authors: Hong Liu

Addresses: Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory for Distributed Computer Software Novel Technology, School of Information Science and Engineering, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China

Abstract: This paper presents a context-aware multi-agent cooperative design system framework. It analyses the related work of multi-agent cooperative design system and context-awareness computing first. Then, it presents the architecture of a multi-agent cooperative design system and the structure of a design agent in cooperative environment. Subsequently, it introduces the XML-based context modelling, capturing and processing in the environment. Finally, the design process is illustrated by a gear reducer design instance. The purpose of the paper is to bridge pervasive computing with agents through context-awareness and apply it in cooperative design.

Keywords: pervasive computing; context-aware MAS; design agents; cooperative design; design collaboration; multi-agent systems; agent-based systems; context awareness; gear reducer design; design process.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2010.036022

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2010 Vol.39 No.4, pp.187 - 198

Available online: 12 Oct 2010 *

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