Summary: CONTEXT-AWARE AGENTS
The 6Ws Architecture
Juan Carlos Augusto
School of Computing and Mathematics and Computer Science Research Institute, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
Business Information Systems, University College, Cork, Ireland
Keywords: Multi-Agent Systems, Agents architectures, Ambient Intelligence, Context-Awareness.
Abstract: Software agents have been designed and implemented to function within limited context-aware capabilities.
For an agent to function correctly and efficiently it should contain sufficient knowledge and reasoning
resources enabling them to process large quantities of implicit information conveyed through an explicit
description. Presented in this position paper is an introduction of the 6Ws agent-based architecture which
encompasses key reasoning capabilities which are not adequately supported by existing BDI frameworks
but have been recognized as highly relevant for the development of Ambient Intelligent systems.
Ambient Intelligence, AmI, refers to `a digital
environment that proactively, but sensibly, supports
people in their daily lives' (Augusto 2007). Other
terms such as Ubiquitous Computing (Weiser, 1991)