The DigitalFriend: the First End-User Oriented Multi-Agent System

By Steve Goschnick.

Published by The Open Source Developers' Conference Papers

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An end-user oriented system for building a 'Band of Personal Assistant Agents (BoPA)'. Wraps Web services and RSS feeds in a friendly GUI interface, and much more.

Keywords: Personal Assistant Agents, Multi-Agent System (MAS), RSS feeds, Web services, Filtering and Alerts

Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.295MB). Published by The Open Source Developers' Conference Papers.

Steve Goschnick

Steve Goschnick, B.E. M.Eng.Sc.(Computing), has 27 years experience as a software developer, usability engineer, software publisher, teacher, researcher and manager. He has written numerous research papers, magazine and newspaper articles on software related issues. In 1990-3 he was the founding President of ASPA Inc (Australian Software Publishers Association). He wrote a weekly column called Cutting Code for the computer section of The Age Melbourne daily newspaper throughout 1993. He is a member of the Agent Lab at the Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, University of Melbourne, where he completed a Master by Research degree in 2001 for which he received a H1. He was the recipient of an Australian Research Council/DEETYA APA(I)/SPIRT research award for that research. He co-developed and lectured the 3rd subject Interactive System Design in 1998 and 1999. He co-developed and lectured a second year subject introducing IS students to Java. As a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, he managed the Interaction Design Lab (IDEA Lab) between 2000-2004. He is currently doing a PhD at the same university. He is the CEO of Solid Software Pty Ltd (1986-current). Through his company, he was the successful recipient of a Telstra Broadband Development Fund Grant in 2004/5, to develop the DigitalFriend software system, based on his Masters research, now available as an open source product.