A lightweight agent framework for interactive multi-agent applications
1999 (English)In: Proceedings of Fourth International Conference on the Practical Application of Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agents, 1999, 1, 123-142 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Usability issues are traditionally associated with user interfaces rather than with agent frameworks. We argue that the metaphors and models used in a framework will affect the thinking of the developer, and will influence the application design. Therefore, usability is of central importance for successful software development, and for reducing development and maintenance costs. We discuss the design and implementation of a lightweight agent framework for interactive multi-agent applications. A lightweight framework is advantageous for distributed interactive applications, for instance applications running on hand-held devices with limited memory. The design is based on minimalism and simplicity. We present the results from a usability study of the framework, where issues such as learnability and attitude have been evaluated. The study shows that minimalist design principles are useful for achieving understandable and navigable frameworks.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999, 1. 123-142 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54758OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-54758DiVA: diva2:309750
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