AgentLink III is proposed as a follow-on to AgentLink II, the IST-funded Network of Excellence for agent-based systems established in August 2000. Agent-based systems are one of the most vibrant and important areas of research and development to have emerged in information technology in the 1990s, and underpin many aspects of the broader IST FP6.
Many observers believe that agents represent the most important new paradigm for software development since object-orientation. An agent is a computer system that is capable of flexible autonomous action in dynamic, unpredictable, typically multi-agent domains. Some application domains where agent technologies will play a crucial role include: Ambient Intelligence, the seamless delivery of ubiquitous computing, continuous communications and intelligent user interfaces to consumer and industrial devices; Grid Computing, where multi-agent system approaches will enable efficient use of the resources of high-performance computing infrastructure in science, engineering, medical and commercial applications; Electronic Business, where agent-based approaches are already supporting the automation and semi-automation of information-gathering activities and purchase transactions over the Internet; the Semantic Web, where agents are needed both to provide services, and to make best use of the resources available; Bioinformatics, where intelligent agents may support the coherent exploitation of the data revolution occurring in biology; and others including monitoring and control, resource management, and space, military and manufacturing applications, for example.
AgentLink III will act as a unifying focus for agent-based activities in these different domains. As with AgentLink and AgentLink II, the long-term goal of AgentLink III is to put Europe at the leading edge of international competitiveness in this increasingly important area.
The goal of SHARE-it is to develop a scalable, adaptive system of add-ons to sensor and assistive technology so that they can be modularly integrated into an intelligent home environment to enhance the individual's autonomy. The system will be designed to inform and assist the user and his/her caregivers through monitoring and mobility help. Thus, we plan to contribute to the development of the next generation of assistive devices for older persons or people with disabilities so that they can be self-dependent as long as possible. We focus on add-ons to be compatible with existing technologies and to achieve an easier integration into existing systems. We also aim at adaptive systems as transparent and easy to use to the person as possible. Scalability is meant to include or remove devices from the system in a simple, intuitive way. SHARE-it will address important issues in sensor networks, assisted mobility, knowledge engineering and Ambient Intelligence.
In this context SHARE-it will make significant contributions to fundamental, long term research in the following two areas:
C1: Verifying system adaptation to persons with special needs: both at design and run-time - as operating conditions and governing norms change - to establish e.g. safety, regulatory and security requirements
C2: Incorporating shared autonomy: ensuring individual components can be designed to operate in a given intelligent ambiance and adapt to possible changes both in the needs of the user or in the environment
Objectives of SHARE-it are:
O1: To explore the benefits of the concept of situated intelligence to build elements (add-ons) that will enhance the autonomy of the target user group in their daily life in their preferred environment
O2: To investigate and implement innovative forms of shared autonomy
O3: To build appropriate add-ons to standardised technologies to provide ubiquitous sensing, computation and assistance
O4: To build adaptive interfaces for the target group