Brahms: A work practice modeling, simulation and multi-agent development environment for human-centered work systems
Dr Maarten Sierhuis

This event took place on 26th September 2003 at 2:15pm (13:15 GMT)
Knowledge Media Institute, Berrill Building, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, MK7 6AA

In recent years, interest in collaborative agents has increased due to the fact that most applications also require collaboration with other systems and their users. Although we have started from a different need, namely understanding the way people work, collaborate, and communicate in their environment (i.e. their work practice), we have developed an agent-based simulation environment (Brahms) that deals with a number of the same issues as the intelligent agent community is now addressing.

Recently, we have started a research project (Mobile Agents) in which we are using Brahms as a multi-agent development environment for distributed agents in the complex domain of Human-Robot Extra-Vehicular Activities on planetary surfaces, such as on future missions to Mars.

In this talk I will present an overview of the Brahms environment and language, based on the Mobile Agents project. I will first describe Brahms as a work practice modeling and simulation environment, and will then show how we have moved Brahms from a pure simulation environment to a distributed multi-agent runtime environment that can now also be used to develop distributed intelligent agent systems.

Keywords: multi-agents, human-robot interaction, work practice, modeling, simulation, distributed systems.

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