AGENT ACADEMY
A Data Mining Framework for Training Intelligent Agents


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General description

The main goal of the Agent Academy project is to develop a framework for enhancing agents' functionality and intelligence through the use of Data Mining techniques. This particular framework is concerned with two major issues: the first one focuses on the way the AA trains the agents, in order to provide them with the necessary skills to successfully accomplish their assigned tasks. This mechanism will combine the use of DM techniques to improve the decision making process in IAs, the training of the newly "born" agents, as well as the way the AA deals with different types of agents. The second major issue involves techniques by which the AA obtains information on the way it should train its own agents.

Figure 1 illustrates the basic modules of AA and the corresponding packages. A request for the creation of a new agent comes from a user specifying the application type and a set of requirements. With the help of the Data Miner the appropriate agent type is selected from a library of generic agents and is sent to the Agent Training module. After the training is complete, the now intelligent agent, armed with tools for reporting its behavior to the AA, is released to the world. The AA continuously receives feedback from mobile agents roaming the web and updates its agent use repository.

Figure 1. Basic modules of AA and the corresponding packages.

Work is structured in a set of seven technical WorkPackages (WPs). Figure 2 depicts the project outline, which provides a convenient representation of project flow control in regard to the specific WPs. We begin with the requirements analysis and specification of Agent Academy and then we proceed to the development of the basic platform. This platform will be tested for technical correctness but it will also evaluated against the three test case scenarios that will be developed towards the last half of the project. There will be an evaluation of the test case suite followed by the overall assessment of Agent Academy. We will also develop a business exploitation plan.

In the following (figure 2) we present a general description of each workpackage.

Figure 2. Agent Academy outline.

WorkPackage List

In the following table Agent Academy Workpackages are presented.

WP
No
Title
Lead Contractor
Start Month
End Month
State

WP1

Specification and design of the Agent Academy conceptual model
CERTH
M0
M8
Completed (Milestone 1)
WP2
Development of Agent Tracking Tools and Agent Use Repository
Tech@Spree
M0
M18
In progress
WP3
Development of Data Mining techniques for Agent intelligence improvement
CERTH
M0
M18
In progress
WP4
Integration and initial evaluation of the Agent Academy platform
METU
M0
M20
In progress
WP5
Industrial and overall assessment of Agent Academy
UT
M0
M24
In progress
WP6
Dissemination and industrial exploitation
ALTEC
M0
M24
In progress
WP7
Project Management
CERTH
M0
M24
In progress


WP 1 - Specification and design of the Agent Academy conceptual model

Work in WP1 includes all activities and decisions that will result in the conceptual and functional definition of the multi - agent framework generic model, the Agent Academy. The model will include all the operational guidelines and instructions for the creation, coordination and management of the final framework architecture.


WP 2 - Development of Agent Tracking Tools and Agent Use Repository

Work in WP 2 will focus on the development of the AA tools that will enable the collection of generic mobile agents behavioral characteristics over the Web and the maintenance and updating of a data repository with relevant information. All collected data will guide the DM procedure on agent experience and will facilitate the generation of required information that will enhance agent intelligence. This work package includes the development of associated behavior tracking tools for agents trained by AA and the development of tools for reporting agent activities in remote web servers. It also aims to improve agent interoperability based on existing specifications.

WP 3 - Data Mining techniques for Agent intelligence improvement

The main objectives of WP 3 are to exploit DM techniques for improving the decision making process and to develop new or refine existing DM techniques for Intelligent Agent use and behavior. Work in WP 3 will focus on the development of the Data Miner component, which will provide the link between information collection and agent training and the Agent Factory component.

WP 4 - Integration and initial evaluation of the Agent Academy platform

WP 4 aims to integrate the core software components of AA developed in the previous software packages into the basic software platform. The integrated framework will be evaluated for quality assurance and agreement to the initially designed requirements and specifications. Work in WP 4 is focused on the integration of the Agent Training Module, the integration of the main software platform and the functional evaluation of the final product. Work in WP 4 is focused on the integration of the Agent Training Module, the integration of the main software platform and the functional evaluation of the final product.


WP 5 - Industrial and overall assessment of Agent Academy

The objective of WP 5 is to demonstrate the use of AA in industrial applications and assess its benefits. WP 5 will deploy three test case scenarios in real SME environments, apply the AA platform and measure the impact.

  • Scenario 1 - Production planning
  • Scenario 2 - Real Time Systems management
  • Scenario 3 - Web-based Applications

WP 6 - Dissemination and industrial implementation plan

Work in WP 6 involves the development of an exploitation plan for the results of the project. This covers the commercialization of the developed methods and software as well as the dissemination of the created know-how in this field. According to the different natures of the participants, different dissemination and exploitation strategies will be developed. Finally, work in this WP will be targeted towards the active contribution to European and international standardization, regulation and policy making activities. WP6 actions will be conducted in parallel to the design, implementation, and evaluation phases of the project.


WP 7 - Project Management

This WP includes management, reporting, quality assurance, etc. The project coordination belongs to CERTH that will also be the liaison between the Consortium and the EC (through the Project Officer).

 

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