Projets

ANR HyperAgents

The ANR HyperAgents pro­ject aims to enable the deploy­ment of world‐​wide hybrid com­mu­ni­ties of people and auto­no­mous agents on the Web. HyperAgents is led by Olivier Boissier, MINES Saint‐​Étienne. Partners are MINES Saint‐​Étienne, INRIA,
Univ. of St. Gallen (HSG, Switzerland)

The ANR HyperAgents pro­ject aims to enable the deploy­ment of world‐​wide hybrid com­mu­ni­ties of people and auto­no­mous agents on the Web. For this pur­pose, HyperAgents defines a new class of multi‐​agent sys­tems (MAS) that use hyper­me­dia as a gene­ral mecha­nism for uni­form inter­ac­tion such that they are :

(i) ali­gned with the Web archi­tec­ture to inhe­rit the pro­per­ties of the Web as a world‐​wide, open, and long‐​lived sys­tem, and
(ii) trans­pa­rent and accoun­table to sup­port accep­tance by people. We refer to this new envi­sio­ned class of Web‐​based MAS as Hypermedia MAS.

The HyperAgents pro­ject pro­poses :

(1) to define an archi­tec­tu­ral style for Hypermedia MAS that induces the above‐​mentioned pro­per­ties,
(2) to define decla­ra­tive lan­guages and mecha­nisms for spe­ci­fying, enac­ting, and regu­la­ting inter­ac­tions among people and auto­no­mous agents in Hypermedia MAS,
(3) to deve­lop an open‐​source soft­ware infra­struc­ture for Hypermedia MAS that enables the deploy­ment of hybrid com­mu­ni­ties on the Web, and
(4) to demons­trate the deploy­ment of pro­to­ty­pi­cal hybrid com­mu­ni­ties in two appli­ca­tion areas : (i) Industry 4.0 and (ii) tack­ling online dis­in­for­ma­tion.

To under­take this inves­ti­ga­tion, the pro­ject consor­tium brings toge­ther inter­na­tio­nal­ly reco­gni­zed resear­chers acti­ve­ly contri­bu­ting to research on auto­no­mous agents and MAS, the Web archi­tec­ture, Semantic Web, and to the stan­dar­di­za­tion of the Web. Being able to har­ness the col­lec­tive power of Web‐​scale hybrid com­mu­ni­ties and to focus it on spe­ci­fic pro­blems would have exten­sive impli­ca­tions in a broad range of domains : for manu­fac­tu­rers, it could enable dis­tri­bu­ted intel­li­gent manu­fac­tu­ring at glo­bal scale ; for citi­zens, it could enable access to trans­pa­rent and trust­wor­thy online infor­ma­tion.

We expect that the work conduc­ted in this pro­ject will break new ground in AI and Web research and that its appli­ca­tions will cut across socie­ty.

HyperAgents is led by Olivier Boissier, MINES Saint‐​Étienne. Partners are MINES Saint‐​Étienne, INRIA,
Univ. of St. Gallen (HSG, Switzerland)

Workshop on Hypermedia Multi‐​Agent Systems 2019