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Roadmap on agent-based computing to be launched

Published: 14 October 2005

A roadmap which suggests how agent-based computing could develop over the next decade will be launched this month.

The Agentlink III Roadmap, which has been compiled by Professor Michael Luck at the School of Electronics & Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton, will be launched at ATC, the Agent Technology Conference in Stockholm, on Tuesday 18 October 2005.

The document was developed as a result of an extensive 18-month consultation with experts in agent technology, including the 192 members of Agentlink III and experts in the Americas, Japan and Australasia.

The ultimate aim of this initiative is to put Europe at the leading edge of international competitiveness in agent technology. AgentLink's role is to promote research, development and deployment of autonomous, problem-solving computational entities across industry and academia.

The document describes current research initiatives and deployment of agent technologies and presents the challenges ahead posed by new Grid computing and web technologies.

Professor Luck commented: 'This strategic technology roadmap is not intended as a prediction of the future. Instead, it is a reasoned analysis of the recent past and current state of agent technologies which has allowed us to present one possible development path for the technology.

'By doing this, we aim to identify the challenges and obstacles that will need to be overcome for progress to be made in research and development and for greater commercial adoption of the technology to occur.'

A copy of the AgentLink III Roadmap can be accessed at

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