International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems

Information agents for mobile and embedded devices

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The pervasive computing environments of the near future will involve the interactions, coordination and cooperation of numerous, casually accessible, and often invisible computing devices. These devices, whether carried on our person or embedded in our homes, businesses and classrooms, will connect via wireless and wired links to one another and to the global networking infrastructure. The result will be a networking milieu with a new level of openness. The localized and dynamic nature of their interactions raises many new issues that draw on and challenge the disciplines of agents, distributed systems, and security. This paper describes recent work by the UMBC Ebiquity research group which addresses some of these issues.

This is a revised version of

Tim Finin, Anupam Joshi, Lalana Kagal, Olga Ratsimore, Vlad Korolev and Harry Chen, Information Agents for Mobile and Embedded Devices, 5th Int. Workshop Cooperative Information Agents, Sept. 6-8, 2001 Modena, Italy.

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