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Agent Standards

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
MD Suite 400 Rockville, MD 20855-2737
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Agent Standards
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNK04OA26C
Award Amount: $70,000.00


The innovation of the work herein proposed is the development of standards for software autonomous agents. These standards are essential to achieve software agent-based systems whose software is reusable and interoperable. For NASA, many new developments, from scheduling, to planning and resource allocation, to simulation, to transportation logistics, etc are exploiting the emerging technology of software agents. Because software agents do not use any form of calling hierarchy to create a total system they are inherently more easily reused and inherently more interoperable than conventional software. On the other hand, NASA and other users of software agent technology will not fully benefit from this advantage without a better understanding of what is required for software agents to be reusable and interoperable, and without the development of formal specifications and eventually standards that enable diverse developers to build reusable and interoperable software agents. The proposed work will help insure that future software agents developed for KSC are more reusable and more interoperable than what is achieved today. It also offers Intelligent Automation, Incorporated and KSC the opportunity to make an international impact on agent-based software for the next decade and beyond.

Principal Investigator:

Leonard Haynes
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Marc B. Toplin
Director of Contracts
Small Business Information at Submission:

Intelligent Automation, Inc.
7519 Standish Place Suite 200 Rockville, MD 20855

EIN/Tax ID: 521497192
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No