Jackal: A Java-based Tool for Agent Development

R. Scott Cost, Tim Finin, Yannis Labrou, Xiaochang Luan, Yun Peng, Ian Soboroff, James Mayfield and Akram Boughannam

Jackal is a Java-based tool for communicating with the KQML agent communication language. Some features which make it extremely valuable to agent development are its conversation management facilities, flexible, blackboard style interface and ease of integration. Jackal has been developed in support of an investigation of the use of agents in shop floor information flow. This paper describes Jackal at a surface and design level, and presents an example of its use in agent construction.

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