Agents, Mobility and Virtuality : A Necessary Synergy

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Title: Agents, Mobility and Virtuality : A Necessary Synergy
Authors: O'Hare, G. M. P. (Greg M. P.)
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Date: 11-Dec-2000
Abstract: This paper will examine and explore the interplay between the key ingredients of Agency, Mobility and Virtuality. Several distinct themes will be considered. Firstly the presentation will address the issue of mediation of virtual environments through the use of agent based systems. In particular how agents can monitor user interaction and based upon this assemble user profiles that may subsequently be used for the dynamic, opportunistic customisation of the virtual environment. Secondly it will consider the issue of delivering media content to the mobile citizen, when they need it, where they need it and in a form relevant to their technological context. Finally it will consider the dualities that exist between mobile software artifacts and mobile hardware artifacts. Specifically this will be illustrated through the deployment of systems of social Virtuality1 This paper will in particular explore the interplay between these pivotal ingredients. We will seek to achieve such an investigation through reference to several on-going research projects currently active within the PRISM (Practice and Research in Intelligent Systems & Media) Laboratory. In particular we have witnessed a converganace of certain key technologies that have over the last few years proven of great interest to our research. Indeed it has been our research goal of late to effectively mine the emerging synergies. Within this paper we examine several interesting themes. Firstly we examine mobility and in particular the similarities and contrasts that exist when users/artifacts move within differing spaces. It has long been recognised by the Computer Support for Collaborative Work (CSCW) community that users are distributed across a time dimension in addition to their geographic dispersal.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Keywords: Collaborative Virtual EnvironmentsMulti-Agent Systems (MAS)Virtual Reality Mobile Systems
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: The International ICSC Symposium on Multi-Agents and Mobile Agents in Virtual Organizations and E-Commerce (MAMA'2000), December 11-13, 2000, Wollongong, Australia
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