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Multiagent System Based Scientific Discovery within Information Society
 

Summary: Multiagent System Based Scientific Discovery
within Information Society
Francesco Amigonia*, Viola Schiaffonatib, Marco Somalvicoc
a Politecnico di Milano - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Project
Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano
p.zza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
e-mail: amigoni@elet.polimi.it
b Politecnico di Milano - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Project
e-mail: schiaffo@elet.polimi.it
c Politecnico di Milano - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Project
e-mail: somalvic@elet.polimi.it
(Received July 2001, accepted November 2001)
Abstract In this paper we investigate the role of information machines in the scien-
tific enterprise intended as a social activity. Our discussion is based on a powerful kind of
information machines called scientific social agencies, which are multiagent systems of dis-
tributed artificial intelligence. Scientific social agency, on the one hand, can provide great
benefits to the present common scientific practice but, on the other hand, its development
represents a strong and still open technical challenge. This paper shows a coherent frame-
work in which scientific social agency is settled. Moreover, the double role of a scientific
social agency in assisting scientists in their activity and in representing the products of their

  

Source: Amigoni, Francesco - Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences