Issue No. 12 - December (1998 vol. 31)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/2.735848
<p>Programmers have tools to specify, customize, and control mobile agent behavior. But there are no such tools for nonprogrammers. </p> <p>Developing tools to specify mobile agents and their itineraries is not simple. The fluid state of agent-related standards, emerging proprietary solutions, and workstation technology all influence the design of such tools. </p> <p>This article describes the work being done on the interface to the Agent Inception System. The AIS helps both programmers and nonprogrammers create agent-based applications, including information retrieval, courseware acquisition, videoconference setup, network management, and electronic commerce. </p> <p>The system's interface, the Iconic Modeling Tool (IMT), uses icons to help users visualize and model mobile agents and their itineraries. The IMT is a simple and intuitive tool for modeling mobile agent itineraries. It is designed to be easier for novice users to learn than an agent scripting language or a programming language like Java. </p> <p>As yet there are no formal statistics on user interaction with the IMT, but in preliminary experiments, users were able to create even a complex agent in less than four minutes. </p>
B. Falchuk and A. Karmouch, "Visual Modeling for Agent-Based Applications," in Computer, vol. 31, no. , pp. 31-38, 1998.