Fifth International World Wide Web Conference

May 6-10, 1996, Paris, France

DDay: Agents / Robots

Friday 10 May, 1996 - 10:00-12:00


Peter Dömel, University of Frankfurt, Germany

Peter Dömel, the session chair, is a web developer and researcher in the field of software agents and dynamic distributed applications. He received his MS at the University of Frankfurt in October 1993 and worked there as a research fellow in the Department of Computer Science. During his time in Frankfurt he joined several external research programs with Digital Equipment Corp. concerning the development of reusable communication software and management of distributed applications. He was also involved in a project sponsored by the German Research Council (DFG) to investigate data mobility issues in future packet-switched mobile communication networks. Before returning to Frankfurt University in April 1996, he worked for one year as a software engineer at General Magic, Inc., where he helped develop the Telescript Active Web Tools which enable users to create and control Telescript agents via the WWW. Beside continuing his agent research at Frankfurt University, he is currently founding the web application development company Peter Dömel's WebAgents International.

Brief Outline

The web has been and is still growing very quickly. More and more `unexperienced' users are starting to use it. How can it be made easier to make use of the incredible amount of information and the increasing number of services? Like a human agent in a travel agency may help you in preparing your vacation or business trips, software agents - programs with a certain knowledge and expertise - might help you on the web.

In his concluding speech at the 4th WWW conference in Boston, Tim Berners Lee (the `father' of the web) even stated, that "agents might be the future of the web".

Some of the best experts in their field will talk about available tools and their experience. The presentations will range from a general development framework (ActiveX) over a more agent specific development platform (Telescript Active Web Tools) to more and more specific areas of concrete agent application.



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Created: 30 April 1996
Last updated: 15 May 1996