The Knowledge Engineering Review


Review Article

Agent Systems and Applications fn1


RUTH AYLETT a1 , FRANCES BRAZIER a2 , NICK JENNINGS a3 , MICHAEL LUCK a4 , HYACINTH NWANA a5 and CHRIS PREIST a6
a1 Centre for Virtual Environments, University of Salford, UK
a2 Department of Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
a3 Department of Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, UK
a4 Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, UK
a5 Advanced Research and Technologies Department, BT Laboratories, UK
a6 Agent Technology Group, HP Laboratories, UK

Abstract

As the number of deployed multi-agent applications increases, further and better experience with the technology is gained, enabling a strong evaluation of the field from a more practical perspective. In particular, questions relating to how the theory of multi-agent systems impacts on practice, and how the practical development itself compares with other technologies, can be answered in the light of a heightened level of maturity. Given the tensions between theoreticians and practitioners in computing in general, let alone their spats in AI or multi-agent systems in particular, the discussion on agent systems and applications was both vigorous and enthusiastic


fn1 This report is the result of a panel discussion at the Second UK Workshop on Foundations of Multi-Agent Systems (FoMAS'97). All members of the panel are authors, listed alphabetically.