We believe that in the future information agents will represent their users interest in electronic marketplaces and other forums to trade, exchange, share, identify, and locate goods and services. Such information worlds will present unforeseen opportunities as well as challenges that can be best addressed by not individual agents but by agent communities. An agent community is a robust, stable, and adaptive group of self-interested agents that share common resources and must coordinate their efforts in utilizing and sustaining the group resources and structure. In particular, agents will need mechanisms to benefit from complementary expertise in the group, pool together resources to meet new demands and exploit transient opportunities, negotiate fair settlements, share knowledge between peers, monitor and secure the community against malicious intruders, and learn to work together effectively. In this talk, I will summarize some of our research results on trust-based computing, negotiation, collaboration and learning that will enable intelligent agents to develop and sustain vibrant, successful agent communities.
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