This unit focuses theoretical concepts, applications and research issues of mobile software agents. Students will learn techniques to design and develop mobile agent applications. A number of different toolkits/development environments will be discussed and used for the practical component of the unit. The unit analyses mobile software agents technology with respect to their use in different application domains - focusing on pervasive applications, electronic commerce/web services and distributed data/network management. Advanced research issues/topics such as communication, coordination, security and trust for mobile agent systems will also be presented.
2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk
Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:
For on-campus students:
Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 2 hours per week
and up to an additional 8 hours per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.
Recommended Knowledge: It is assumed that all students have a working knowledge of fundamental Java programming.
Consultation hours: Monday 2-4pm
Consultation hours: Thursday 4-6pm
In-semester assessment: 50%; Examination (3 hours): 50%
|Assessment Task||Value||Due Date|
|Unit Test||15%||18 April 2012 (in the lecture time slot)|
|Assignment - Practical Project||35%||Stage 1 during Week 10 tutorial, Stage 2 Code due Week 11 (16 May 2012), Stage 2 Demonstration during Week 12 tutorial|
|Examination 1||50%||To be advised|
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Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.
JADE software toolkit. Students can download this free software from:
|0||No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0|
|1||Introduction to Agents and Mobile Agents|
|2||Mobile Agent Applications|
|3||Mobile Agent Toolkits and Development Environments|
|4||Mobile Agent Modelling|
|5||Mobile Agent Security|
|6||Software Agent Architectures|
|7||Unit Test (in the lecture time slot - tute still on)||Unit Test (in Week 7 Lecture)|
|8||Multi Agent Architectures|
|9||Anzac Day (no lecture, no tute)|
|10||Agent Communication Languages||Assignment Stage 1 Interview (in tutorial time slot)|
|11||Agent Coordination Protocols||Assignment Stage 2 Code Submission|
|12||Agent Oriented Software Engineering||Assignment Demonstration/Interview (in tutorial time slot))|
|SWOT VAC||No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC|
|Examination period||LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
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Stage 1: Group formation and understanding the assessment tasks (non assessable).
Stage 2: Submission (35%)
Students are to submit their code in Week 11. In Week 12 demonstration/interview both team members will need to demonstrate complete familiarity with the system/code and will need to individually change parts of the system as required by the tutor. Inability to demonstrate understanding, familiarity and competent programming skills will result in loss of marks for the individual.
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