Using Multi-agent Systems to Manage Community Care

Martin D. Beer, Richard Hill

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This paper discusses the evolution of the INCA demonstrator through a number of re-implementations that have investigated the applicability of various aspects of multi-agent technology to the management of Community Care. The latest experiences are described, making full use of the latest developments in semantic agents to provide a richer, more rigorous and highly scalable implementation than the previous demonstrators. This is presented in the context of a simulated real-world environment, based on knowledge of the actual operational environment within which the fully deployed agents would be expected to work. In particular the grouping of different communities of agents so that scalable solutions can be fully implemented and rigorously tested. So for example the agents that one would normally expect within a single household, including the home unit and the associated sensors, alarms etc. are treated as one group, and a care provider and the associated carers also. Not only does this reduce the communications overhead but also leads to simplifications in implementation as each class of agent only needs to be implemented once and individual instances are characterized by initial configurations and their interactions with their peers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems
Subtitle of host publication10th International Conference, KES 2006, Bournemouth, UK, October 9-11, 2006. Proceedings, Part II
EditorsBogdan Gabrys, Robert J. Howlett, Lakhmi C. Jain
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783540465393
ISBN (Print)3540465375, 9783540465379
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems - Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Oct 200611 Oct 2006
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4252 LNAI - II
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems
Abbreviated titleKES 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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