Applications of Information Agent Systems

  • M. Klusch
  • H.-J. Bürckert
  • P. Funk
  • A. Gerber
  • C. Russ
Part of the Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing book series (STUDFUZZ, volume 98)


Intelligent information agents are autonomous computational software entities that are especially meant (1) to provide a pro-active resource discovery, (2) to resolve information impedance of information consumers and providers, and (3) to offer value-added information services and products. These agents are supposed to cope with the difficulties associated with the information overload of the user preferably just in time. In this chapter we describe selected examples of systems of information agents for applications in telematics, e-business, supply chain and repository management. These systems have been developed and implemented by the research group on multi-agent systems at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence.


Supply Chain Multiagent System Mobile Agent Service Agent Shipping Company 
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  • M. Klusch
  • H.-J. Bürckert
  • P. Funk
  • A. Gerber
  • C. Russ

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