|The concept of an agent is topical in Artificial
Intelligence, in Human Computer
Interaction, and in Software Engineering. The communicating agent research group is an interdepartmental group seeking to embrace the full range of interests pertinent to communication between intelligent agents. We recognise that agents may be artificial or natural, that research methods may be analytic or experimental, and that relevant skills may come from a variety of disciplines.
The core of the group are faculty members from the Imperial College Departments of Computing and Electrical Engineering; Keith Clark, Stuart Cox, Jim Cunningham, Bob Kowalski, Abe Mandani, Chris Moss and Murray Shanahan. They are supported and enthused by more than 20 research fellows and research students, mostly funded by UK Science and Engineering Research Council grants or by collaborative projects with industry under the European Commission Framework Programmes for Research and Technology Development.
Individual Comma group members have varying scientific interests. These include the logical description of rationality, computational procedures for abduction, planning and learning, software architectures for agents and multi-agent systems, agent programming languages, cognitive robotics and human computer interaction, including speech and natural language processing. Much activity of the group is focused on applications of agent based technology in the telecommunication, broadcast and computing industries, and in future electronic commerce, including middleware and support for negotiation.
The group is a member of Agent Link, the European Network of Excellence in Multi-Agent Systems. The group also has members active in the FIPA and OMG industrial standards organisations where the problems of agent communication, mobility, and interoperability across proprietary platforms are addressed.