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EPSRC Reference: EP/E031226/1
Title: Verifying requirements for resource-bounded agents
Principal Investigator: Alechina, Dr N
Other Investigators:
Logan, Dr B
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Department: School of Computer Science
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 May 2007 Ends: 30 June 2010 Value (£): 202,681
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Artificial Intelligence
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The project will provide theoretical foundations and practical tools foranalysing resource requirements for systems of reasoning agents, suchas, for example, agents which reason using ontological rules to providea web service. The resources we shall consider include the time,memory, and communication bandwidth required by the agents to select thenext action to perform.The trend towards ever smaller agent platforms means that resourceutilisation is becoming an increasingly important factor in agent design and deployment.However the complex, often distributed, derivations implied by modernagent designs make it hard for agent developers to predict system resourcerequirements a priori. The development of formal frameworks andpractical verification tools to exploit them is therefore key to thesuccessful development of provably correct agent designs for emergingresource-limited agent paradigms such as mobile agents and platformssuch as PDAs and smart phones.The project builds on the previous joint work between the investigators andvisiting researchers using model-checking techniques to verify requirements.
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