Proceedings of the First International Conference on Autonomous Agents
Transportable agents are autonomous programs. They can move through a heterogeneous network of computers under their own control, migrating from host to host. They can sense the state of the network, monitor software conditions, and interact with other agents or resources. The network-sensing tools allow our agents to adapt to the network configuration and to navigate under the control of reactive plans. In this paper we describe the design and implementation of the navigation system that gives our agents autonomy. We also discuss the intelligent and adaptive behavior of autonomous agents in distributed information-gathering tasks.
Daniela Rus, Robert Gray, and David Kotz. Transportable Information Agents. In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Autonomous Agents, February 1997. 10.1145/267658.267721