Autonomous Agent Systems


Dr. Nancy E. Reed




An autonomous agent is a computer system that is capable of independent action on behalf of its owner or user.  This tutorial gives an introduction to the characteristics of autonomous agents and describes current applications of agents in several different areas. Examples of existing agent systems will be shown, including agents that play soccer and agents that fly aircraft.


About the Instructor


Nancy E. Reed received a B.S. degree in Biology and M.S. (1988) and PhD. (1995) degrees in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.  Prior to joining the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dr. Reed was an assistant professor in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Linkoping, Sweden.  Shand at Sonoma State University, in their Computer Science Departments.  Dr. Reed is a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the IEEE Computer Society.

Dr. Reed's research interests are in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous agents, cognitive modeling, diagnosis, knowledge-based systems, knowledge acquisition, medical informatics, and real-time systems.  Recent research activities include the design of autonomous agents in simulation environments, developing computational models of diagnostic problem-solving methods, and modeling human expert reasoning.