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An agent architecture for distributed medical care

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This paper describes the design and implementation of a layered agent architecture for decision support applications in general and for distributed medical care in particular. Three important characteristics which shaped the agent design are identified: distribution of data and control, information uncertainty, and environment dynamism. To provide appropriate decision support in these circumstances the architecture combines a number of AI and agent techniques: a symbolic decision procedure for decision making with incomplete and contradictory information, a concept of accountability for task allocation, commitments and conventions for managing coherent cooperation, and a set of communication primitives for inter-agent interaction.




Huang, J., Jennings, N. R., & Fox, J. (1995). An agent architecture for distributed medical care. In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (Vol. 890, pp. 219–232). Springer Verlag.

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