Personalized Agents: Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium
Peter Stone, Charles Isbell, and Gal Kaminka, Cochairs
Although the term "agent" has come to mean many things, it perhaps has the most traction when identified with an anthropomorphized and autonomous program that acts as a personal assistant to a specific user (or set of users). In this model, the agent usually "lives" in a virtual world, may have access to data about its user, and is empowered to act on its user's behalf in a variety of computer-based tasks, including appointment scheduling, vetting messages, engaging in negotiation with other users, discovering items of interest, and even initiating contact with other users and agents.
This personalized agent has several qualities, including: (1) The agent is almost always "on," working on the user's behalf even when the user is not present; (2) The agent must continually adapt over a longtime horizon to the user's changing needs; and (3) The agent is mostly focused on modeling the behavior and preferences of a specific individual or small group of individuals, rather than discovering large trends over aggregrate data.