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A Canonical Agent Model for Healthcare Applications
November/December 2006 (vol. 21 no. 6)
pp. 21-28
John Fox, Advanced Computation Laboratory, Cancer Research UK
David Glasspool, Advanced Computation Laboratory, Cancer Research UK
Sanjay Modgil, Advanced Computation Laboratory, Cancer Research UK
This article is part of a special issue on Intelligent Agents in Healthcare. The authors describe a canonical architecture for an autonomous agent that can single- and multiagent healthcare applications can use. The architecture comprises a set of components whose properties are summarized as a set of software signatures specifying the invariant pre- and post-condition (input-output) pattern of each component. Components interact through shared data structures, which are defined by means of complex data types that specify standard interfaces. This allows, for example, a component with a particular design to be replaced by another with a different design. A first implementation of the model is being validated in a standard multiagent healthcare scenario developed as part of the European Union's ASPIC (Argumentation Services Platform with Integrated Components) project.
Index Terms:
multiagent systems, healthcare
Citation:
John Fox, David Glasspool, Sanjay Modgil, "A Canonical Agent Model for Healthcare Applications," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 21-28, Nov.-Dec. 2006, doi:10.1109/MIS.2006.106
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