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An Open Web Service Based Multi-Agent Framework for Context Aware Computing

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Executive Summary

With the development of context aware computing, an adaptive, reflective, scalable, dynamic reconfigurable framework is urgently required. However, most current frameworks fail to meet new challenges in scalability and dynamic reconfiguration. These can be mainly attributed to two issues. First, a framework's real hope for widespread adoption lies in its easy incorporation of existing third party resources. Second, the framework is required to better support the dynamic reconfiguration, which means framework behaviors should be altered according to the change of contexts. To address these issues, an Open Web Service based Multi-Agent framework (OWS-MA) is proposed and implemented. The authors illustrate the overall framework, elaborate on the individual goals of each part, and illuminate how each part responses the challenges.

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