Michael Fleming and Robin Cohen
This extended abstract describes our work on the interactivity of interface agents. In particular, it focuses on the development of a model for designing agents which are more or less autonomous, but which recognize opportunities for initiating communication with their users in order to garner further useful information. This design can be applied to many different domains. The workshop call for papers indicates two main themes around which the workshop discussions will be organized - the work below fits into the individual agent (rather than multi-agent) theme, and describes how a future requirement of making agents less autonomous and more trustworthy may be addressed.