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Issue No. 06 - November/December (2006 vol. 21)
ISSN: 1541-1672
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.
multiagent systems, healthcare

J. Fox, S. Modgil and D. Glasspool, "A Canonical Agent Model for Healthcare Applications," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 21, no. , pp. 21-28, 2006.
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