DATE: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 - NOTE SPECIAL DAY
TIME: 10:30 am - 11:45 am - NOTE SPECIAL TIME

Arkady Zaslavsky
Monash University, Australia & Lulea University of Technology, Sweden

eHermes: Development and Run-time Support for Mobile Multiagent Systems

One of the grand challenges in agent technology research is quasi-automatic development of heterogeneous and dynamic multiagent systems (MASs) using Agent Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE) tools. This talk presents an approach to developing and supporting MASs at run-time. MASs can and should be composed dynamically at run-time from high level of abstraction called the mission. The mission is an abstraction that contains a goal, a set of plans to achieve the goal, a set of stationary and mobile agents that work on the mission, and a history of the mission execution. The agents are dynamically constructed at run-time and on-demand (i.e. when they are needed). These agents autonomously build their itineraries, execute the assigned tasks and self terminate once those tasks are completed. We present a mechanism to provide run-time execution support for such missions. Such support allows the mission execution to be suspended, migrated and resumed at a different location, as well as enables evolution of the mission’s plan at runtime. Formal theoretical foundations of this new approach, as well as the design and implementation of the prototype system – called eHermes; are presented. Lessons and results from evaluating the eHermes system are discussed.

Arkady Zaslavsky is an Associate Professor at Monash University, Australia. He is also a Professor at the Lulea University of Technology, Sweden. He received MSc in Applied Mathematics majoring in Computer Science from Tbilisi State University (Georgia, USSR) in 1976 and PhD in Computer Science from the Moscow Institute for Control Sciences (IPU-IAT), USSR Academy of Sciences in 1987.

Arkady Zaslavsky has published more than 200 publications throughout his professional career. He organised and chaired many workshops and conferences in mobile computing area, including "Mobility in Databases and Distributed Systems" and International Conference on Mobile Data Management. His research interests include mobile and pervasive computing; distributed and mobile agents and objects; wireless networks; distributed computing and database systems; distributed object technology and mobile commerce.

Arkady Zaslavsky has been awarded and involved in many research grants and projects including DSTC's "M3: Enterprise Architecture for Mobile Computation", "Context-rich mobile agent technology to support information needs of financial institutions", "Adaptive Distributed Information Services", "Mobile City" and others.

He is a member of ACS, ACM and IEEE Computer Society.

For Further Seminar Info:
, or visit