Reusable component oriented agents: A new architecture

W. H. Boshoff, E. M. Ehlers

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This research paper will outline the new Plug-in Oriented Agent Architecture (POAA) and describe the agents that make use of the POAA architecture. POAA agents make heavy use of functional and controller based plug-ins in order to extend the functionality and behavior of the agent. The architecture was designed to facilitate machine learning and agent mobility techniques. POAA agents are created by mounting newly created dynamic plug-in components into the static structure of the agent. The use of plug-ins will greatly improve the effectiveness of researchers, as only a single, standard architecture will exist. Researchers only need to design and develop the plug-in required for their specific agent to function as desired. This will also facilitate the comparison of various tools and methods, as only the components being reviewed need to be interchanged to measure system performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgent Computing and Multi-Agent Systems
Subtitle of host publication9th Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agents, PRIMA 2006, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)3540367071, 9783540367079
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event9th Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agents, PRIMA 2006 - Guilin, China
Duration: 7 Aug 20068 Aug 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4088 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agents, PRIMA 2006


  • Agent architecture
  • Agent plug-in
  • Learning agent
  • Mobile agent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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