Autonomous and Adaptive Agents that Gather Information

Daniela Rus, Robert Gray, and David Kotz

We have designed and implemented autonomous software agents. Our agents are programs that can move independently through a heterogeneous network of computers. They can sense the state of the network, monitor software conditions, and interact with other agents. The network-sensing tools allow our agents to adapt to the network configuration and to navigate under the control of reactive plans. In this paper we illustrate the intelligent and adaptive behavior of autonomous agents in distributed information-gathering tasks.

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