Knowledge Sharing

The Knowledge Sharing effort of the Logic Group is concerned with automating the interoperation of programs. Our approach to interoperation is based on programs called agents. Agents use the Agent Communication Language (ACL) to supply machine processable documentation to the system programs (called facilitators), which coordinates the activities of the agents. The facilitators assume the burden of interoperation and the application programmers are relieved from this responsibility.

The difference between the knowledge sharing approach to software interoperation and previous approaches lies in the sophistication of the processing done by the facilitators. Agents register by specifying their interests and capabilities to a facilitator. Following this, agents can make requests for services from a facilitator. The facilitator is capable of: 1) forwarding requests to another agent that can handle it, 2) decomposing a request, with different parts being handled by different agents, and then combining the pieces to generate the answer, 3) forwarding information to agents that have expressed interests in monitoring conditions, 4) buffering information, 5) translating information between vocabularies to match an agents interface.

Overview Papers:

Information on Knowledge Sharing Languages:

The following software tools are also available:
Michael R. Genesereth