An Environment Interface Standard for Agent-Oriented Programming

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Duration: since 05/2009

Project Description:

Our objective is to design and develop a generic environment interface standard (EIS) that facilitates connecting agents programmed in various agent programming languages (APL) to environments.

We aim at a de facto standard that possibly can become a real standard in the future.

Our motivation is based on the following considerations:

  • implementing an EIS makes already working environments widely available (short-term goal),
  • an EIS allows for the easy distribution of future environments (Multi-Agent Contest, Unreal, ORTS,...),
  • an EIS allows the direct comparison of APL platforms, and
  • an EIS enables the development of a truly heterogeneous MAS, consisting of agents from APL platforms that adhere to the standard of the EIS (long-term goal).