Preparing Semantic Agents for an Unsuspecting and Unreliable World

Luke K. McDowell

Semantic web-enabled agents offer tremendous promise for enabling automated coordination and negotiation amongst diverse participants. Ideally, a user should be able to quickly instruct his personal agent to achieve some goal, e.g., to schedule a meeting so that at least one representative of each division of the company would attend. This agent would then negotiate with the agents of all the invited participants, receiving prompt and definitive replies, and quickly reach consensus on an acceptable time. The original user would be involved again only when the goal was achieved.

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