Jennings, N. R. and Wittig, T.
ARCHON: Theory and Practice.
Avouris, N. M. and Gasser, L. (eds.)
Distributed Artificial Intelligence: Theory and Praxis.
Kluwer Academic Press.
This paper describes the state of the ARCHON project at its halfway stage. It outlines why a Distributed AI approach is appropriate for large industrial applications, the benefits which accrue and highlights those domain characteristics which have had significant bearing on the design process. The ARCHON functional architecture is described and a clear mapping with the design forces is made. The problem of constructing a general architecture which is sufficiently powerful for real-size applications is raised and two mechanisms used within ARCHON for achieving this objective are identified. The first mechanism is to combine generic, declarative knowledge related to cooperation and control with situated action formalisms which are tailored to the particular application. The second approach is to provide general structures which can be instantiated with domain specific information.
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