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Application- and Personal-Agents, I-Help

Participants: Julita Vassileva, Ralph Deters, Jim Greer (ARIES), Gord McCalla (ARIES), Lori Kettel (ARIES)

We propose goal-based agents attached to networked applications and learning environments to support user's work and learning. Users, learners, applications and learning environments are represented by autonomous goal-based social agents which communicate, cooperate, and compete in a multi-system and multi-user distributed environment. This approach allows to consider in a uniform way working, adaptation to the user's goals and preferences, level of experience and available resources, as well as teaching the user using various teaching paradigms (consrtuctivist or instructivist). In addition it allows taking into account of user's /learner's motivation and affect; as well as a coherent discussion of teaching strategies.

  • J. Vassileva, R. Deters (2001) Lessons from Deploying I-Help, in J. Whatley & M. Beers (eds.) Proceedings of the Workshop on Agents and Internet Learning, AIL'2001 at the Autonomous Agents'2001 Conference, Montreal, May 28, 2001.
  • Greer J., McCalla G., Vassileva J., Deters R., Bull S., Kettel L. (2001) Lessons Learned in Deploying a Multi-Agent Learning Support System: The I-Help Experience, Proceedings of AIED'2001, San Antonio, 410-421.
  • J. Vassileva, J. Greer, G. McCalla (1999) Openness and Disclosure in Multi-Agent Learner Models, Proceedings of the Workshop on Open, Interactive, and Other Overt Approaches to Learner Modelling, International Conference on AI in Education, Lemans, France.
  • J. Vassileva, J. Greer, G. McCalla, R. Deters, D. Zapata, C. Mudgal, S. Grant (1999) A Multi-Agent Approach to the Design of Peer-Help Environments, in Proceedings of AIED'99, Le Mans, France, July, 1999, 38-45. (** see here the presentation in pdf format (2.8 MB) or zipped pdf format (664 KB) **).
  • Kevin Kostuik and Julita Vassileva (1999) Free Market Control for a Multi-Agent Based Peer Help Environment, in Proceedings of the Workshop on Agents for Electronic Commerce and Managing the Internet-Enabled Supply Chain, held in association with the 3rd International Conference on Autonomous Agents (Agents '99), Seattle, May 1-5, 1999.
  • Winter, Mike (1999) The Role of Trust and Security Mechanisms in an Agent-Based Peer-Help Environment, Autonomous Agents '99, Workshop on Deception, Trust, and Fraud in Agent Societies, Seattle WA, 139-149.
  • Vassileva J, Deters R, Greer J, McCalla G, Kumar V, Mudgal C (1998) A Multi-Agent Architecture for Peer-Help in a University Course, In Proceedings of the Workshop on Pedagogical Agents at ITS'98. (* See here the presentation *)
  • Greer, J., McCalla, G., Cooke, J., Collins, J., Kumar, V., Bishop, A. and Vassileva, J. (1998) The Intelligent HelpDesk: Supporting Peer Help in a University Course, In Proceedings ITS'98, San Antonio, Texas, LNCS No1452, Springer Verlag: Berlin pp.494-503.
  • Vassileva J. (1998) Goal-Based Autonomous Social Agents: Supporting
    Adaptation and Teaching in a Distributed Environment, Proceedings of ITS'98, San Antonio, Texas, LNCS No1452, Springer Verlag: Berlin, pp.564 -573
  • J. Greer, G. McCalla, J. Cooke, J. Collins, V. Kumar, A. Bishop, J. Vassileva (2000) Integrating Cognitive Tools for Peer Help: the Intelligent IntraNet Peer Help-Desk Project, to appear in Computers as Cognitive Tools: The Next Generation, Susanne P.Lajoie (Ed.) Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 69-96.
  • J. Greer, G. McCalla, J. Collins, V. Kumar, P. Meagher, J. Vassileva (1998) Supporting Peer Help and Collaboration in Distributed Workplace Environments, International Journal of AI and Education. 9, 159-177, available on the WWW at: .
  • Vassileva, J. (1997) A New Veiw of Interactive Human-Computer Environments (summary) (poster-miniature). In Proceedings of UM'97, the 6-th International Conference on User Modeling, Chia Laguna, Sardinia, 433-455.
  • Vassileva J. (1997) Goal-Based Pedagogical Agents, in Proceedings of AI-ED'97 (Workshop on Pedagogical Agents), Kobe, Japan, 18.08-24.08.1997, also available as PDF A4 format (405 KB) and as PDF US-letter (405 KB)

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