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A lightweight agent framework for interactive multi-agent applications

Summary: A lightweight agent framework for
interactive multi-agent applications
Presented at PAAM99, London, April 20-21, 1999
Mikael Kindborg Johan Åberg Nahid Shahmehri
mikki@ida.liu.se johab@ida.liu.se nahsh@ida.liu.se
Department of Computer and Information Science
Linköping University, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden
Phone: +46-13-281000
Fax: +46-13-282066
Web: www.ida.liu.se/~mikki/PAAM99
Usability issues are traditionally associated with user interfaces rather than with agent
frameworks. We argue that the models and metaphors used in a framework will affect the
thinking of the developer and influence the application design. Therefore, usability is of
central importance for successful software development and for reducing development and
maintenance costs. We discuss the design and implementation of a lightweight agent frame-
work for interactive multi-agent applications. A lightweight framework is advantageous for
distributed interactive applications, for instance applications running on hand-held devices
with limited memory. The design is based on minimalism and simplicity. We present the
result from a usability study of the framework, where issues such as learnability and attitude


Source: Aberg, Johan - Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköpings Universitet


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences