Human Interaction with Software Agents

Period of Performance: 10/29/1999 - 07/07/2000

$99K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Daniel H. Wagner, Assoc., Inc.
559 West Uwchlan Avenue Array
Exton, PA 19341
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The goal of this SBIR project is to provide a means by which users can easily create software agents for performing data discovery and retrieval. We will accomplish this goal by creating a tool for creating software agents and by providing a framework for future work on developing software agents in the military information space. We will create a tool, which we will call the Agent Wizard, for creating and controlling intelligent software agents. Agents, in general, are software components capable of adapting to changing situations. The agents created by the Agent Wizard will be responsible for locating and retrieving data from information resources on heterogeneous networked systems according to a set of rules and preferences created by the user. The Agent Wizard will allow the user to control the agents he creates and the information they discover. Performance of intelligent agents is greatly increased with the use of standard schemas and object management systems. In this project we will recommend one or more schemas and object management systems for future standardization in the military and commercial information spaces.