AGENTLINK ROADMAP Press Release


17 October 2005
Agent-based computing in action




A roadmap which suggests how agent-based computing could develop over the next decade will be launched tomorrow (18 th October) at an event where live examples of its applications will be demonstrated.

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

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 .

Lost Wax, a successful independent software engineering company based in Richmond , Surrey , UK and a contributor to the roadmap will demonstrate Aerogility, a multi-agent based software product, developed with Rolls-Royce plc, designed to help business managers to better understand the complexities of the aerospace market.

Whitstein Technologies AG, which has been supporting and promoting the Agentlink ATC event for the last four years, will demonstrate how its Living Systems Adaptive Transportation Networks (LS/ATN) can reduce operational costs for medium to large transportation companies.

Professor Luck commented: 'ATC is a great opportunity to view commercial adoption of the technology. By doing this, we can identify the progress that we have made and the challenges and obstacles that will need to be overcome for further progress to be made in research and development.'

A copy of the AgentLink III Roadmap can be accessed at www.agentlink.org/roadmap .

Notes to Editors

  1. Further details about ATC 2005 can be accessed at http://www.agentlink.org/agent-Stockholm/index.html
  2. The ultimate aim of Agentlink III Roadmap 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 AgentLink III Roadmap describes current research initiatives and deployment of agent technologies and presents the challenges ahead posed by new Grid computing and web technologies.
  3. For more information about Lost Wax's work, visit www.lostwax.com , and http://www.whitestein.com/pages/news.html for further details about Whitestein's projects.
  4. ECS houses IAM, Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group which is a world leader in the key technologies of agent-based computing. Further details can be found at www.iam.ecs.soton.ac.uk.
  5. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has over 19,200 students and over 4,800 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £250 million.
  6. AgentLink III is a 1 million Euro project funded by the European Commission to promote take-up and deployment of agent-based computing

Useful web sites for journalists
www.experts.soton.ac.uk - an A-Z guide of University experts

For further information, please contact:
Professor Michael Luck
Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton
Tel: 023 8059 6657
email: mml@ecs.soton.ac.uk

Joyce Lewis
Communications Manager
Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton
Tel: 023 8059 5453
email: j.k.lewis@ecs.soton.ac.uk  



12 October 2005
Roadmap on agent-based computing to be launched


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 University's School of Electronics & Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton , will be launched at ATC, the Agent Technology Conference in Stockholm on 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 www.agentlink.org/roadmap .

Notes to Editors

  1. Further details about ATC 2005 can be accessed at http://www.agentlink.org/agent-Stockholm/index.html
  2. ECS houses IAM, Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group which is a world leader in the key technologies of agent-based computing. Further details can be found at www.iam.ecs.soton.ac.uk.
  3. The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. The University has over 19,200 students and over 4,800 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £250 million.
  4. AgentLink III is a 1 million Euro project funded by the European Commission to promote take-up and deployment of agent-based computing

Useful web sites for journalists
www.experts.soton.ac.uk - an A-Z guide of University experts

For further information, please contact:
Professor Michael Luck
Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton
Tel: 023 8059 6657
email: mml@ecs.soton.ac.uk

Joyce Lewis
Communications Manager
Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton
Tel: 023 8059 5453
email: j.k.lewis@ecs.soton.ac.uk

 

   

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