|FOUNDATION FOR INTELLIGENT PHYSICAL AGENTS||FIPA6413.doc|
|Source: L. Chiariglione|
A group of individuals from 26 companies, 8 countries
and the communities having a stake in agent technologies have gathered in London
on 18 and 19 April to discuss the establishment of the Foundation
for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA), an international organisation to
promote the industry of Intelligent Physical Agents (IPA). IPAs are meant to
include all devices intended for the mass market, capable of executing actions,
to accomplish goals imparted by or in collaboration with human beings or other
IPAs, with a high degree of intelligence.
The group agreed that the most effective way of promoting the
industry of IPAs is by producing in a timely fashion
specifications of generic agent technologies that are usable
across a large number of IPAs and provide a high level of
interoperability with other applications.
The group also agreed that the goals should be realised
through the open international collaboration of all players in
A first list of agent capabilities that are candidate for specification in
the near term (by end of 1997) has been prepared. A partial
list include basic capabilities for:
All interested parties from all over the world are invited to join in the creation
of FIPA. To this end the next meeting will be a workshop, held in the
New York area on 24-26 June, with the main goal of refining the list of specification
items that are believed to be achievable in 1997 and a first identification
of those items that will actually be specified in that time frame.
The group works towards completing the formation of FIPA and
establishing a workplan for
1997. The plan currently includes a Call for Proposals to be
issued at its third meeting in October 1996 and completion of a
first specification by December 1997.
Further information can be obtained from: