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Dr. Simon Parsons, "AGENT BASED SYSTEMS -the future of Computer Science?"

Date: 02/10/05
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: David M. Clark, x3524,
Web Site: http://

The past decade has witnessed a massive change in the way we use computers. The growth of the internet and wireless communication mean that few computers are now isolated - most are connected together through the internet. While the science of individual computers is well understood, we still lack the tools to manage the complexity of the interactions that occur in an extended network. One promising approach to obtaining this understanding is the agent-based approach. It treats single processes as individuals; agents with their own beliefs and goals that they work to achieve. Dr. Parsons will discuss the agent-based approach, describe its advantages and disadvantages, and argue that agent-based computing will play a major, if not central, role in the future of computer science.