Intelligent Agents in Cyberspace
Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
San Murugesan and Sydney Macarthur and Daniel E. O'LearyCochairs
Cyberspace, in the shape of the Internet, intranets, extranets, and the World Wide Web, has grown phenomenally in recent years. Cyberspace now contains enormous amounts of information and is also being increasingly exploited for a number business and other applications. Electronic commerce is using cyberspace to open new markets. However, effective use of cyberspace and of the information in it is becoming increasingly difficult because of the sheer size of the web and its diversity of resources.
There is now growing interest in deploying intelligent software agents for effectively using cyberspace in a wide variety of applications. Software agents can act as smart personal assistants, roam cyberspace to collect required information on behalf of the users and conduct a variety of business transactions and functions online. They could also collectively perform complex, collaborative tasks. They allow personalization of the web and many of its resources.
To make significant progress in this area, however, we need to: 1) identify and explore opportunities for intelligent agents in cyberspace; 2) develop new, innovative applications; and 3) devise integrated, comprehensive approaches for their widespread deployment in cyberspace.
This symposium brought together researchers and developers in the areas of intelligent agents, information retrieval, electronic business and the Internet and Web to have focussed discussions on the current status of research and applications of intelligent agents in cyberspace and to explore directions for further work.