An Agent Architecture for Personal and Group Work Support

Yoshihide Ishiguro, Hiroyuki Tarumi, Koji Kida, Dai Kusui and Kenji Yoshifu

People working in an office concurrently engage in two or more office activities. These activities can be classified into two groups: personal and group work. To increase office productivity with computer software, both personal and group work should be supported. However, the currently available office work support software, such as groupware or a software secretary, focuses on either of these activities. In this paper, a multiagent-based office work support system and its architecture are introduced. In this system, there exist agents for group and personal work, and they are mutually connected in a two-layered agent network. With the support of these agents, people in an office can expect to efficiently perform both their group and personal work.

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