Knowledge Engineering with Software Agents

Louise Crow and Nigel Shadbolt

Increasingly diverse and useful information repositories are being made available over the World Wide Web (Web). However, information retrieved from the Web is often of limited use for problem solving because it lacks task-relevance, structure and context. This research draws on software agency as a medium through which modeldriven knowledge engineering techniques can be applied to the Web. The IMPS (Internet-based Multi-agent Problem Solving) architecture described here involves software agents that can conduct structured on-line knowledge acquisition using distributed knowledge sources. Agent-generated domain ontologies are used to guide a flexible system of autonomous agents arranged in a server architecture. Generic problem solving methods developed within the expert system community supply structure and context.


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