Instructor: Dr. Larry Kerschberg

Meeting Time and Place:
Wednesdays: 7:20 - 10:00 p.m., Arts & Design Building, Room L0008

Office Hours:
Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 p.m. And Wednesdays: 5:00 - 6:30 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, link and process the knowledge contained on the Web, we will require intelligent agents to sift and winnow through data and information and transform it 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:

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

D. Allemang and J. Hendler, Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL, Second Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0123859655,


Recommended Texts:

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

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.