Department of Computer Science

Adaptive Systems of Intelligent Agents

The Adaptive Systems of Intelligent Agents (ASIA) Research Group develops Information Architectures that support the Publication and Discovery of services and information sources, provided by Intelligent Agents that can adapt themselves and their joint system according to changes in themselves or in their environment, including context.

Since its beginning, the group has been working on distributed information architectures in the Internet of Things (IoT) context. A software called DIALOG (Distributed Information Architectures for Collaborative Logistics; which is also the former name of the ASIA group) was developed in 2001 and is probably the first implementation based on the idea to be able to access Thing-related information anytime and anywhere.

So called Product Agents were used for implementing what we call Intelligent Products. So for us, the IoT is a network of Intelligent Products that are able to form an adaptive system where products, systems and their combinations evolve over time to become more "intelligent".

In this context, we have developed generic Messaging Interface standards at the QLM (Quantum Lifeccle Management) workgroup of The Open Group. The intention of these specifications is to become a generic information exchange channel for the IoT, in the sama way as HTTP and HTML are for Internet and the Web.

Main current and past application areas are:

  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Closed-Loop Lifecycle Management (CL2M)
  • Building Information Modeling/Management (BIM)
  • Fleet Management of vehicles
  • Condition-based maintenance
  • Track and Trace applications, especially in Supply Chain Management
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