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.
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.
General e-Business part of the course:
Umar, A. E-Business and Distributed Systems Handbook: From
Working Solutions, 2003
Available Through Amazon.com as e-Book:
Available also from the author's website: http://www.amjadumar.com/
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
Some additional teaching materials are available also from the
Ontologies related part of the
Fensel, D. Ontologies: Silver Bullet for Knowledge Management
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
Additional reading for the specific topics
is provided from the topic