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Virtual Agent Research Group at SZTAKI

The group is a collection of people who work in different areas and have realised that agent research and their field have overlapping interests. The areas include multi-agent simulation and the application of agent technology in manufacturing management, scheduling, control and extended enterprises. Among the aims is the development of sophisticated formal frameworks for describing multi-agent systems, including nature-motivated architectures, based on tools of formal language theory, in particular models from a recent area, called grammar systems. We hope to achieve a better understanding of collective behaviour of autonomous agents, and as a result of our research to offer highly developed formal tools for agent-based technology.

Budapest Library Agent
The goal of the Budapest Library Agent project is to deploy on the Budapest Agentcities node a library agent that will be able to receive library search requests from client agents, perform the search request in the known online libraries in an autonomous and intelligent way and return the results to the clients.
The goal of the WSDLTool project is to develop tools for creating agents utilising existing online internet services using web services technologies (SOAP, UDDI, WSDL).

Research Areas: Information gathering, management, and retrieval, Business process control, workflow, emergency management, Industrial control & scheduling, embedded systems, Simulation, Entertainment & virtual environments, and Advanced services.

Research Skills:
Micro/agent-level issues in agent technology: reactive/behavioural agent control architectures, practical reasoning/planning and acting, agent representation & specification formalisms, and semantics of agency & logics of agency.
Macro/society level issues in agent technology: cooperation, cooperation protocols, game/economic theoretic models of cooperation, coordination, computational market systems, market-based control, foundations of multi-agent systems, emergence of cooperation and social action, and emergent functionality and swarm behaviour in multi-agent systems.
Agent system implementation issues: environments & testbeds for agent system development, programming languages, tools & libraries for agent system development, and evaluating agent systems.
Best-practice in agent system development: standards for (multi-) agent systems, libraries, tools, testbeds for implementing agent standards, relationship of agent standards to other standards, analysis & design techniques for agent systems, specification techniques for agent systems, pragmatics of agent-based software development, and experience with agent development projects.


Monostori, L. (2003) AI and machine learning techniques for managing complexity, changes and uncertainties in manufacturing. Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, 16 (4). pp. 277-291.

Kovács, A. and Váncza, J. and Kádár, B. and Monostori, L. and Pfeiffer, A. (2003) Real-life scheduling using constraint programming and simulation. Intelligent Manufacturing Systems. pp. 213-218.

Viharos, Zs.J. and Monostori, L. and Csongrádi, Z. (2003) Realizing the digital factory: monitoring of complex production systems. Intelligent Manufacturing Systems.

Varga, L. Z. and Jennings, N. R. and Cockburn, D. (1994) Integrating Intelligent Systems into a Cooperating Community for Electricity Distribution Management. Int Journal of Expert Systems with Applications, 7 (4). pp. 563-579.


Gottdank, T. (2003) "Webservices". Computerbooks, Budapest.

Book Section

Csáji, Balázs Csanád and Monostori, László (2005) Stochastic Reactive Production Scheduling by Multi-Agent Based Asynchronous Approximate Dynamic Programming. In: Multi-Agent Systems and Applications IV (CEEMAS 2005). Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 3690. Springer, Germany, pp. 388-397.

Csáji, B.Cs and Kádár, B. and Monostori, L. (2003) Improving multi-agent-based scheduling by neurodynamic programming. In: 2744: Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Holonic and Mult-Agent Systems for Manufacturing. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, pp. 110-123.

Conference or Workshop Item

Varga, L.Zs. and Hajnal, Á. (2003) Engineering Web Service Invocations from Agent Systems. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems, CEEMAS 2003, June 16-18, 2003, Prague, Czech Republic.

Monostori, L. and Váncza, J. and Márkus, A. and Kádár, B. and Viharos, Zs.J. (2003) Towards the realisation of Digital Enterprises. In: Proceedings of the 36th CIRP International Seminar on Manufacturing Systems, Progress in Virtual Manufacturing Systems, June 3-5, 2003, Saarbrücken, Germany.

Monostori, L. and Váncza, J. and Márkus, A. and Kádár, B. and Viharos, Zs.J. (2003) Digital Enterprises: First results of a national R&D project. In: Proceedings of IROS 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference of Intelligent Robots and Systems, October 27-31, 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A..

Hajnal, Á. and Forgács, I. (2002) A Precise Demand-Driven Def-Use Chaining Algorithm. In: Proceedings of the Sixth IEEE European Conference on Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR 2002).

Varga, L.Zs. (2002) Dynamic Agent Discovery. In: in the proceedings of the Agentcities: Challenges in Open Agent Environments workshop of the First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multiagent Systems, AAMAS 2002, July 15-19, 2002, Bologna, Italy.

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