Title: Research on a multi-agent based group awareness model

Authors: Lin-Xia Yan

Addresses: Institute of Computer Science and Technology, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China

Abstract: Based on the research background of group awareness theory and the research achievement of agent technology, this paper applies multi-agent technology in Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) environment and describes the group awareness in CSCW system with the multi-agent based group awareness model. It builds up the multi-agent based group awareness model and discusses its key problems with emphasis on how to achieve the collaboration awareness in the CSCW system through the cooperation and interaction among the three types of agents – management agent, interactive agent and function agent. These agents exchange information or invoke others in the CSCW system and the final of that is proved to be more accurate and flexible in describing the dynamic process and regularities of tasks, roles and actions in real life.

Keywords: multi-agent systems; MAS; agent-based systems; group awareness models; management agents; interactive agents; function agents; computer-supported cooperative work; CSCW; collaboration awareness.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWMC.2012.046780

International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing, 2012 Vol.5 No.2, pp.175 - 183

Received: 30 Nov 2011
Accepted: 24 Dec 2011

Published online: 07 May 2012 *

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