IST-2000: Agentcities.RTD - Testbed for a Worldwide Agent Network: Research and Development

Project Web-site no longer available (now taken over by estate agents). Here is the final public report.


The Agentcities project constituted the first project of its kind for the purpose of setting up a world wide network of always running FIPA platforms, to be used as a testbed for standard validation as well as for standard-based agent services deployment. Each Agentcities platform supported services modelled for a single real-world city or place. Services deployed in the testbed centred on information and transaction services for real-world objects such as bars, restaurants, hotels, travel infrastructure, theatres etc. Agent-based applications were able to access these services
world wide using federated directory services (DFs) and FIPA communication services. The set of services deployed
in the network were then used as building blocks to construct new agent services.


The Agentcities.RTD project has three key objectives:

  1. Open Network Architecture: Achieve advances in technology / understanding of open systems
    supporting many heterogeneous, autonomous interacting entities to produce sustainable network
    architecture for on-line open systems.
  2. Dynamic Value Creation: Achieve greater understanding of the type of mechanisms,
    methodologies and techniques required to achieve seamless, effective service composition in an
    open dynamic environment.
  3. Service Level Interoperability: Perform validation and refinement of agent communication
    technologies (such as semantic models, ontology models, content expression techniques and
    interaction protocols) for use in open dynamic environment.


QMUL ( Stefan Poslad, Principal Investigator at QMUL). Other partners included Motorola, Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, British Telecommunications Plc, Popnet Agentscape Ag, Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz Gmbh, Universita degli Studi di Parma, Communication Technologies, The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Aegis, Broadcom Eireann Research Ltd., Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Fujitsu, ADETTI

QMUL Contributions

QMUL was responsible for the security service as part of WP3 (Dynamic Value Creation). The Security Service provides authentication and encryption protocols for the Agentcities infrastructure.


European Union, EU FP5 Project (No. EU - IST 2000-28385), 2001-2003, for 24 months


The key contributions made in achieving this are in developing a coherent set of technology frameworks covering the major concerns that affecting the development of such environments – and using them to both deploy a first cut network environment and a wide range of test applications:

Through the related take-up project Agentcities.NET, the network now involves well over 100 organisations
worldwide contributing to the construction of the testbed, developing applications and gathering experiences
from it. Since its launch in October 2001, the network has grown explosively to over 150 registered platforms –
between 50 and 100 of which are up and running at any one time.

Related QMUL Publications (see Stefan's publications)

Further work and ongoing work