Intelligence modelling through agents and multi-agent systems has become one of the prominent and most active areas in Artificial Intelligence. Spatio-temporal reasoning is a fundamental component of the context-awareness skills required from agents which are deployed in an Ambient Intelligence-based system [Augusto2007, NakashimaAA2009]. So far this fundamental topic has been neglected in the literature and although some recent work has been done [CookAJ2009, NakashimaAA2009] current proposals have very limited capabilities in this area. This research project will aim to: (a) define an intelligent agent architecture which includes skills for spatio-temporal reasoning, (b) implement the proposed architecture and (c) deploy the system in real-world scenarios where Ambient Intelligence is needed.
The project will investigate ways to add spatio-temporal capabilities to existing and widely known agent architectures like BDI [AugustoO09]. The project will involve the formal analysis of existing theories for agents and spatio-temporal reasoning, the definition of a new framework that removes current limitations in current systems and the implementation, testing and evaluation of the new proposed architecture.
The architecture will be validated using it to develop key context-awareness modules on current projects related to Intelligent Environments being developed by our School in connection with other organizations.
[Augusto2007] Ambient Intelligence: The Confluence of Pervasive Computing and Artificial Intelligence, JC Augusto. In Intelligent Computing Everywhere, Alfons Schuster (Ed.). Pages 213-234. Published by Springer Verlag, 2007.
[AugustoO09] Context-Aware Agents (The 6Ws Architecture). Juan Carlos Augusto and John ODonoghue. To appear in Proceedings of the International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence (ICAART), Porto, Portugal, 19th-21st of January, 2009.
[CookAJ2009] Ambient Intelligence: applications in society and opportunities for AI. Diane J. Cook, Juan C. Augusto, and Vikramaditya R. Jakkula Pervasive and Mobile Computing. 5:277- 298. Elsevier. 2009.
[NakashimaAA2009] Handbook on Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments, H. Nakashima, H. Aghajan, and J.C. Augusto (Eds). Springer Verlag. 2009.
First Supervisor: Augusto, JC Dr
Second Supervisor: Wang, H Dr
Third Supervisor: Monekosso, DN Dr
Collaboration: This project does not involve collaboration with another establishment