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Goschnick, S.B. (2003). Enacting an Agent-based Digital Self in a 24x7 Web Services World.
In proceedings of ISMIS 2003, the 14th
Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems, Maebashi, Japan. Springer LNAI vol. 2871, pp187-196.
Version of this paper is available here as a pdf file:
GoschnickISMIS-2003.pdf (2340 Kbytes)
The published version of this paper is now available online (as of 30th Mar'06), here: Springer link
As broadband access to the Internet becomes pervasive, the need for a
24 hours a day, seven days a week (24x7) interface within the client devices, requires
a level of sophistication that implies agent technology. From this situation
we identified the need for a user-proxy++, something we have termed the
Digital Self that acts for the user gathering appropriate information and knowledge,
representing and acting for them when they are off-line. With these notions
in mind we set about defining an agent architecture, sufficiently complex
to deal with the myriad aspects of the life of a busy time-poor modern user, and
we arrived at the Shadowboard architecture. For the theory, for the model of
mind, we drew upon the Psychology of Subselves, a modern strain of Analytical
Psychology. For the computation engine we drew upon Constraint Logic Programming.
For the hundreds of sources of sub-agency and external intelligence
needed to enact a Digital Self within the 24x7 Internet environment, we drew
upon the Web Services paradigm. This paper presents the theory, the architecture
and the implementation of a prototype of the Shadowboard agent system.
Goschnick, S.B. & Sterling, L. (2002). Psychology-based
Agent Architecture for Whole-of-user Interface to the Web,
Proc. of HF2002 Human Factors Conference: Design for the Whole
Person - Integrating Physical, Cognitive and Social Aspects, Melbourne,
Paper (in pdf format, 169 KBytes) Short paper.
This paper argues that the user interface of a workstation connected
continuously (24x7) to a network would be most effective with a sophisticated
agent architecture embedded deep in the workstation system software. In the user's
absence an embedded agent system could act as something more than a proxy for the user,
the multiple sub-agents within it should act in concert as a Digital Self,
one representing and empowering the user. Our proposed agent architecture, called Shadowboard,
is based on a sophisticated model of the user drawn from the Psychology of Subselves,
a modern stream of Analytical Psychology.
S.B. Goschnick (2000).
Shadowboard: A Whole-Agent Architecture that draws Abstractions from Analytical Psychology
(this links to an 243 KBytes .pdf file), Proc. PRIMA 2000, Melbourne, Aug 2000.
This paper presents an intra-agent architecture called Shadowboard, one that
takes abstractions from analytical psychology. The Shadowboard architecture is a foundation
upon which to build a whole-agent - an individual autonomous agent no more, but one made up
of many sub-agents. Such a whole-agent approach to modelling enables a psychologically sound,
finer-grained approach to applying behavioural abstractions such as BDI, while incorporating
the selection of capabilities and plans, together with learning and optimization.
An individual agent built upon Shadowboard is also capable of collaboration and cooperation
in a wider MAS system. The strong degree of self-awareness that a Shadowboard agent intrinsically
has, not only allows it to improve its own performance and effectiveness over time, it also
offers significant advantages in modelling other agents in an encompassing MAS system.
- Nov, 1998: Melbourne, TOOLS Pacific '98: Steve
Goschnick delivers a paper to the Tools Pacific'98 conference,
held in Melbourne Australia, in late November. The paper is about
the analysis, design and development of an Online Education System
called Melbourne IT Creator. Details of the paper are:
Title: Design and Development of Melbourne
IT Creator a System for Authoring and Management
of Online Education.
Keywords: HTML, authoring tools, Java, SQL,
Internet, dynamic content, XML, metadata, Relational DBMS, online
education, multimedia, hypermedia, web development.
Author: Steven B. Goschnick
Affiliation: Department of Information Systems
The University of Melbourne
Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
Email: stevenbg 'at' unimelb 'dot' edu 'dot' au
This paper presents a Case Study in the symbiotic use of new
internet based technologies and an SQL server, to develop a
software tool in a new category of generic software: a system
for authoring and delivery of web-centric learning. In the design
and implementation of the system, the developers drew upon the
latest available languages and platforms, aiming for a high
benchmark in this new software genre: Java for cross platform
applets, video and other media types as object components; IIS
(Microsofts Internet Information Server technology) to deliver
dynamically constructed HTML markup. Behind the interfaces and
business rules is robust SQL server technology, which is taking
on an expanded role in proliferating web-based information systems.
In the latter half of the paper, problems and solutions are
discussed, including the use of metadata and XML (the eXtensible
Markup Language) as part of the solutions.
For the full paper online: Click
- Oct, 1998: New York, Christine Sun delivers a
paper at the 40th Annual Conference of the American Association
for Chinese Studies (AACS), "China Entering the 21st Century",
New York City, USA.
Paper Title: Negotiating between ‘Bounded
Spaces’: Introducing Australian Chinese Writers to the world.
We've had numerous newspaper and magazine articles published over
the years. Some that have ongoing relevance are available online,
are accessable from here:
After the Flood by Christine
Sun. Published in The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend
An interview with a
C++ guru by Steve Goschnick. Published in The Age.
Computers fast becoming
the universal relator of concepts by Steve Goschnick.
Published in The Age.
Two roads lead to quality
street by Steve Goschnick. Published in The Age.
C++ing out the Millenium
by Steve Goschnick. Published in The Age.
Part I: Choosing Your Tools. S.B. Goschnick
(1991). Aust. PC User magazine, pp.56-74, June 1991.
C++ - A Language
of Liberation. S.B. Goschnick (1991). Your Computer magazine,
- Putting Large Projects Back in the Hands of a Few People.
S.B. Goschnick (1991). Your Computer magazine, Aug'91, pp74-81.
The C++ Language
- A Cornerstone of the 90's. S.B. Goschnick (1990). Your Computer
mazagine, Dec. pp 64-72, The Federal Publishing Company, NSW.
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Email: gosh 'at' solidsoftware 'dot' com 'dot' au
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