Agent Technology is a fast growing area of research in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science. Agents are autonomous problem-solving entities residing in an environment able to solve problems, roam network infrastructures, adapt to changes in their environment an interact with other agents. Offering a useful snapshot of the current status of the field, this text focuses sharply on the upcoming convergence of intelligent software and communications systems. Contributions from leading authorities in the field covering a wide range of issues, Demonstrates the increased capabilites of agents that are not currently achievable using traditional standards-based network signalling. This valuable reference resource is essential reading for researchers or practitioners interested in applying agent technology or in business to develop next generation distributed applications, as well as scientists and engineers in R & D departments and lecturers and researchers in telecommunications and computer science.
Contributors. Preface. Acknowledgements. Agent Technology for Communications Infrastructure: An Introduction. An Agent-based Platform for Next-Generation IN Services. Java Framework for Negotiating Management Agents. Adaptive QoS Management via Multiple Collaborative Agents. Agent-Mediated Trading: Intelligent Agents and E-Business. Distributed Control of Connection Admission to a Telecommunications Network: Security Issues. Secure Payments within an Agent-Based Personal Travel Market. Multi-Agent Solution for Virtual Home Environment. Virtual Home Environments to Be Negotiated by a Multi-Agent System. Self-Adaptation for Performance Optimisation in an Agent-Based Information System. Flexible Decentralised Control of Connection Admission. Low-Level Control of Network Elements from an Agent Platform. A Multi-Agent Approach to Dynamic Virtual Path Management in ATM Networks. A Multi-Agent Approach for Channel Allocation in Cellular Networks. Predicting Quality-of-Service for Nomadic Applications Using Intelligent Agents. Implementation of Mobile Agents for WDM Network Management: The OPTIMA Perspective. How to Move Mobile Agents. Market-Based Call Routing in Telecommunications Networks Using Adaptive Pricing and Real Bidding. IN Load Control Algorithms for Market-Based Multi-Agent Systems. Victor - Proactive Fault Tracking and Resolution in Broadband Networks Using Collaborative Intelligent Agents. Efficient Means of Resource Discovery Using Agents. Evolving Routing Algorithms with Genetic Programming. Index.
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