The main aim of this workpackage is to promote excellence in the teaching and training of agent-related issues throughout the European region. In order to realise this aim, the following programme of work will be carried out:
Agent systems summer schools
A centrepiece of previous AgentLink student-focused activities has been the establishment of an annual summer school, originally run as a single event in AgentLink. This first of these summer schools took place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in July 1999, and offered 18 courses on all aspects of agent technology, delivered by the very best international lecturers. About 40 AgentLink II members were funded to attend, and no less than 120 other paid registrations were received, from both industry andacademia. This made the 1999 summer school easily the largest agent teaching event ever, and AgentLink II continued this activity with four subsequent schools in Saarbrucken, Germany; Prague, The Czech Republic; Bologna, Italy; and Barcelona, Spain. Each event attracted 100-150 participants, with AgentLink II continuing to support at least 20 students each year.
Support will be provided to fund travel, accommodation, and subsistence for both lecturers and a limited number of students.
Curricula database for agent-related teaching
Additional attendance will be encouraged, and a feecharged for such attendees, with the aim of making the summer schools self-financing. Where possible, lecture materials will be made available.
To encourage the teaching of agent-based computing, AgentLink has established a WWW-based database of agent teaching materials and curricula, covering all aspects of agent-based computing. Each curriculum summarises the teaching aims of the course, teaching plans, and pointers to reading material. AgentLink III will continue to build and refine this database.