STSM WG3 (Stefano Bromuri)

Start Date: 2010-02-01

End Date: 2010-03-31

Host Institution: University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Host Country: Sierre (Switzerland)

Home Institution: Royal Holloway University of London

Home Country: London (UK)


In the context of Multi-agent Systems (MAS), the concept of agent environment is amongst the most promising concepts to model distributed applications. The agent environment works as a powerful coordination medium to handle the interaction but also to modularise and split the responsibilities in the system between heterogeneous entities. Modelling the concept of agent environment in MASs results in more manageable solutions when dealing with distributed and ubiquitous entities, thanks to its mediation properties. Also, an agent environment allows us to model the perception dimension as the situated agents can observe the state of the entities sharing the same portion of the agent environment. This research aims at studying the adoption of the concept of agent environment to model pervasive computing applications in the smartcare area. Smartcare is concerned with the continuous, automatic and remote monitoring of real time emergencies and lifestyle changes over time. The challenge is to manage the risks associated with independent living of people that have chronic or permanent health conditions such as diabetes, hepatitis or dementia. Starting from state-of-the-art technologies that support the concept of agent environment in a distributed setting, the concrete objectives of this research experience will be to

1. Create a prototype of a distributed agent environment that maps to a real environment, such as a small urban area, where the monitored patients live;

2. Connect the patients with the distributed agent environment by means of mobile devices with internet capabilities (such as smartphones);

3. Devise a cognitive model for an agent capable to perform roaming amongst the nodes of the distributed agent environment and pre-diagnose possibly dangerous conditions in the monitored patients.

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