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Towards Authoring of Mobile Agents

An End-User Interaction and Programming Approach
: Schirmer, J.

Urban, B.; Kirste, T.; Ide, R. ; Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung -IGD-, Aussenstelle Rostock -EGD-; TU Darmstadt, Fachgebiet Graphisch-Interaktive Systeme; Univ. Rostock, Fachbereich Informatik; Zentrum für Graphische Datenverarbeitung -ZGDV-, Darmstadt:
IMC '98. Interactive Applications of Mobile Computing. Proceedings. Participants Edition
Rostock, 1998
IMC <1998, Rostock>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
active mail; authoring; End-user Programming; mobile agent; multimedia; Visual Programming

Mobile Agents are increasingly gaining attention in the mobile setting as a suitable mechanism to access information and to perform operations asynchronously and remotely. The end-user of a mobile device (PDA) can parametrize such an agent through available graphic dialog principles of form-fill-in. This article will focus on a more advanced authoring concept - a first approach - , which assists the end-user to not only configure but to visually program a mobile agent based application. This involves a rule-editing scheme, suitable for small handheld devices, to define the behavior of a mobile agent. The scheme is based on the availability of domain specific ontologies, on speech-acts and on ACL. This enables the graphic interactive creation of arbitrary agents for ad-hoc end-user centered tasks, like e.g. for electronic commerce. A reference exapmple - advanced meeting scheduling incorporating a hotel reservation - is sketched in the remainder of the article to illustrate the novel co ncept.