Title: Connecting web applications with interface agents

Authors: Analia Amandi, Marcelo Armentano

Addresses: ISISTAN Research Institute, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, UNICEN Campus Universitario, (B7001BBO) Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina. ' ISISTAN Research Institute, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, UNICEN Campus Universitario, (B7001BBO) Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Abstract: Interface agents are one of the most relevant applications of agent technology to assist humans in using computer software. However, the development of agents assisting users working on the web, using multiple applications to browse information, represents a challenging task. Particularly, when these agents need to act on standard web applications whose source code is not available, developers have one additional requirement: the complete independence between the web application and the agent. This paper proposes a method for connecting these two independent components based on a software architecture that specifies parts and relations of this particular type of web agents.

Keywords: interface agents; mixed-initiative systems; agent-based systems; multi-agent systems; web agents; web applications; user interface; human-computer interaction; personalised assistance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWET.2004.006270

International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology, 2004 Vol.1 No.4, pp.454 - 470

Available online: 12 Feb 2005 *

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