Coordination of distributed knowledge networks using contract net protocol

Jihoon Yang, R. Havaldar, V. Honavar, L. Miller, J. Wong

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Tools for selective proactive as well as reactive information retrieval, information extraction, information organization and assimilation, knowledge discovery using heterogeneous, distributed knowledge and data sources constitute some of the key enabling technologies for managing the data overload and translating recent advances in automated data acquisition, digital storage, computers and communications into advances in decision support, scientific discovery and related applications. Such distributed knowledge networks (DKN) have to be able to effectively utilize multiple autonomous, often independently owned and operated information systems. Given the complexity of the such systems and the need for autonomy of the components, multi agent systems, because of their modularity, offer an attractive framework for the design of DKN. In such multi agent systems, satisfactory completion of the tasks at hand depend critically on effective communication and coordination among the agents. The paper describes an approach to coordination and control of DKN through inter agent negotiation using the contract net protocol (CNP). The feasibility of the proposed design is demonstrated on tasks involving information retrieval and knowledge discovery using distributed data and knowledge sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication1998 IEEE Information Technology Conference
Subtitle of host publicationInformation Environment for the Future, IT 1998
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)0780399145, 9780780399143
StatePublished - 1998
Event1998 IEEE Information Technology Conference, IT 1998 - Syracuse, United States
Duration: Sep 3 1998 → …

Publication series

Name1998 IEEE Information Technology Conference: Information Environment for the Future, IT 1998


Other1998 IEEE Information Technology Conference, IT 1998
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period9/3/98 → …

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems
  • Software


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