A general architecture for autonomous agents

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Being autonomous (or being an agent) does not describe an effective process and even if we succeeded in characterizing the conditions for being autonomous it would be of no use. Instead, it is the conditions of acting autonomously that should be of concern and the interest should be directed towards systems in which we can find, and possibly define, such acting processes. It turns out that anticipatory systems are the only systems where autonomy is a determining factor. The anticipatory systems are further categorized into two disjoint classes: true anticipatory which systems have a model of their surroundings and semi-anticipatory which systems possess only a description of their surroundings. Here model is used in its semantic sense. It is argued that the only way to catch is to define them as semi-anticipatory. Defining software agent in this way gives a precise characterization of the concept


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Computer Science


  • autonomous robots, semianticipatory systems, software agent, disjoint classes, true anticipatory systems, acting processes, general architecture, autonomous agents
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings IEEE/WIC International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT 2003)
PublisherIEEE--Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)0-7695-1931-8
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 IEEE/WIC International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology - Halifax, NS, Canada
Duration: 2003 Oct 132003 Oct 16


Conference2003 IEEE/WIC International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology
CityHalifax, NS