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Next-Generation, Unifying Agent Architecture

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Department of Defense
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
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2003 / SBIR
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21st Century Systems, Incorporated
11640 Arbor St, Ste 201 Omaha, NE -
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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Next-Generation, Unifying Agent Architecture
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: DAAH0103CR233
Award Amount: $99,000.00


Agents, Agent Architectures and Agent-based applications have become a phenomena in recent years with seemingly everyone jumping on the bandwagon. However, as with any truly revolutionary breakthrough technology, Agents have lacked standards and rulingbodies to govern the direction of the bandwagon in its infancy. While inside this wagon train apparent chaos ruled, but with that chaos came many unique and valuable discoveries and innovations. Now that Agent technologies have become more mature withcomplex and useful applications being fielded, there is a need for a standardized common infrastructure. This Next-Generation, Unifying Agent Architecture should encompass the best of breed capabilities and technologies of existing and in-developmentAgent Architectures, Commercial and Academic-based Agent Architectures, and Operational and Theoretical Agent Architectures. To fully realize the objectives for the Next-Generation, Unifying Agent Architecture an honest broker is needed. 21CSI is thathonest broker. 21CSI will leverage our considerable experience in developing Agent Architectures and our extensive expertise in developing Agent-based Applications, gleaned from Decision Support Systems developed on behalf of other DoD customers. Thisnew Agent Architecture will be developed from scratch using the latest best of breed techniques documented in an exhaustive investigation of both commercial and academic/research Agent Architectures. This particular topic is by its very definition notlimited to DOD applications. The Next Generation Unifying Agent Architecture will apply to all and any agent applications, military or commercial. Agent applications are already present widely, mostly to search and monitor events. With the Next Generationarchitecture, it will become more efficient for the entire software agent community to develop considerably more sophisticated applications, to make them useful and present in ever more industries.

Principal Investigator:

Jeffrey D. Hicks
Exec VP and Principal Mem

Business Contact:

Lana Stoyen
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12152 Windsor Hall Way Herndon, VA 20170

EIN/Tax ID: 133893506
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No