Contact: Vadim Ermolayev <>
Course: Agent-Enabled e-Business Technologies
Lecturer: Vadim Ermolayev


This module starts with the overview of the current landscape of e-Business and e-Commerce as its integral part. The advantages, the challenges and the pitfalls of e-Business are presented through the analysis of several cases and trough the introduction of several e-Business scenarios. The summary of the essential technological features is given in result, leading the class to the motivation of using agent-based technologies in e-Business. The
module continues with introducing the students to the notion of an agent, and leads lead them to an understanding of what an agent is, how it can be designed, and how agents can be made to cooperate effectively with one-another and thus to provide solutions and technologies which may underpin e-Business implementations. The following part of the module is devoted to the discussion of semantic interoperability among rational artificial actors (agents) in open organizations. The module introduces the class to the notion of ontology and the ways ontologies are used in open multiagent systems to make agents cooperate successfully. The rest of the module presents the spectrum of current accomplishments of agent-based e-Business solutions. Module topics are illustrated by the examples relative to the given business scenarios.

Duration: 26 hours
Offered by regular staff members?: Yes
Average number and education level of students: 10

Suggested Literature:
General e-Business part of the course:

Umar, A. E-Business and Distributed Systems Handbook: From Strategies to
Working Solutions
, 2003
Available Through as e-Book:
Available also from the author's website:

Agents related part of the course:
Wooldridge, M. J. An Introduction to MultiAgent Systems. John Willey & Sons
Ltd, 2002, ISBN 0 471 49691 X
Available from Wiley at,,047149691X,00.html
Some additional teaching materials are available also from the author's

Ontologies related part of the course:
Fensel, D. Ontologies: Silver Bullet for Knowledge Management and
Electronic Commerce
, Springer-Verlag, 2000, ISBN 3-540-41602-1.
Available from Springer at:

Weiss, G. (Ed.) Multi-Agent Systems. MIT Press, 1999.
Singh, M. and Huhns, M. Readings in Agents. Morgan-Kaufmann Publishers, 1997.

Additional reading for the specific topics is provided from the topic
content pages


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