Instructor: Dr. Larry Kerschberg

Meeting Time and Place:
Tuesdays: 7:20 - 10:00 p.m., Krug Hall, Room 7.

Office Hours:
Tuesdays: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Nyugen Engineering Building, Room 4412, or by email appointment and Skype.

Course Objectives:

This course addresses the research and development issues needed to realize the vision of the Semantic Web through the use of Intelligent Agents. The World Wide Web, or simply the Web, is an example of an application of computing on a global scale, thereby creating a Distributed Information Space. In order to be able to categorize, access and process the knowledge contained on the Web, we will require intelligent agents to sift and winnow data and information into knowledge. In order for computers to communicate, they will need to understand each other; this will be accomplished through the "semantic web markup" together with agents that understand that markup and can act on our behalf. We will study the role of intelligent agents in the Semantic Web framework.

Topics Covered:

The course will address the following topics:

For those students who have taken INFS 770 - Knowledge Management for E-Business, this course is a natural follow-on course. Students who have taken INFS 740 - Database Programming for the World Wide Web, may also want to take INFS 772.

Grading Policy:

The grade will be determined by grades obtained in individual assignments, research paper review and report, a group research project, and class participation.

Grade Components
Individual Assignments
Individual Research Paper Review
Group Research Assignment and Presentation
Group Research Project Report
Individual Group Research Project Presentation
Class Participation
Final Exam

In the group projects, students form small, 2-3 person, teams to perform research on a topic related to the course.


Required Text:

C. Walton, Agency and the Semantic Web, Oxford University Press, Inc., New York, ISBN 0-19-929248-5, 2007

K.K. Breitman, M.A. Casanova and W. Truszkowski, Semantic Web: Concepts, Technologies and Applications, Springer, London, 2007, ISBN-10: 1-84628-581-X

Recommended Texts:

M. Wooldridge, Introduction to multiagent systems, ISBN: 0470849398 (electronic bk. available through GMU Library; GMU login required from off-campus).

F. Bellifemine, G. Caire and D. Greenwood, developing multi-agent systems with JADE, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, England, ISBN: 978-0-470-05747-6.

A collection of papers will be selected from the ACM and IEEE Digital Libraries to complement the textbook.