The project concerns the development
of Web Agent Support to enable average users
to keep track of relevant information on the Web.
In a relatively short time, the Web has become
a de facto standard for the dissemination
and retrieval of information.
Due to the exponential growth of the Web
and the information it provides,
finding relevant information has become more and more
In particular, browsing is in most cases no longer
appropriate for the user searching
for specific information.
It is our view that, in the near future,
access to the Web will increasingly be mediated
by intelligent helper applications,
that assist the user in finding relevant
and interesting information.
The goal of our project WASP is to provide support
for developing such agents.
By combining our joint expertise,
we plan to develop a framework that encompasses
modeling aspects as well as the realization of
software assistants for intelligent Web access.
As testified by the references, our expertise
Combining our experience and the technology that resulted
from our previous research activities
enables us to develop a practical framework for
designing and implementing
intelligent Web agents and to tackle the research
issues involved in the definition and realization
of personal software assistents that help
the average user to disentangle the complexities of the Web.
- the realization of Web-aware applications,
- client- and server-side support
for information retrieval and information
- modeling and specification of cooperative agents in
a multi-agent framework.
The project is envisaged to result in a framework
providing support for:
As a target product for the WASP project, which allows
us to demonstrate our results to the scientific community
and other interested parties, we envisage to develop
Pamela (Personal Assistant for Maintaining
an application combining the functional and
architectural features mentioned above.
- intelligent navigation and information retrieval,
- information and document maintenance,
- user interfaces for Web-aware applications,
- dynamic documents with user-defined applets,
- declarative descriptions of agent-behavior based
- declarative modeling of coordinated and cooperative
behavior of software agents, and
- programming single and multi-agent systems.