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Multi-Agent Systems and FIPA

FIPA (Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents) Agent Standards is an IEEE Computer Society standards organization that promotes agent-based technology and the interoperability of its standards with other technologies. FIPA is the most widely deployed set of standards for software agents. FIPA was officially accepted by the IEEE as its eleventh standards committee on 8 June 2005.

I wrote a history of FIPA, an overview of the main scientific ideas, how FIPA formed and how it developed these ideas.


FIPA Work Activities

For the FIPA Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents Agent Standards forum, I held the following positions:

1.    Board of Directors 2002-2005;

2.    Chair of the FIPA Security Technical Committee (TC) 2001-2005.

3.    Contributed (diagnosis module) to one of the main reference implementations of the FIPA standards, FIPA-OS.

4.    I led and coordinated the EU CRUMPET Project that research and developed a FIPA platform for mobile device/

5.    I motivated and helped found the new 11th IEEE Standards Activity in Agents in 2006.

6.    I acted as European regional Chair for FIPA, 2005-2012.


Research and Development

My R&D has centred on the following main activities:

1.    Development of an open-source FIPA compliant Multi-Agent System (MAS) toolkit called FIPA-OS

2.    Development of an open-source FIPA compliant MAS toolkit for mobile devices (at the time it was Compaq PDA type devices): micro-FIPA-OS

3.    Analysis of Agent Communication Languages (ACLs)

4.    Security and Trust issues for Agent Communication

5.    Applications / Projects that seek to apply a MAS:

a.    CRUMPET: location-aware, personalised, map and information services for mobile tourism

b.    EDEN-IW: Semantic Web and Multi-agent system to exchange water data

c.    AgentCities: global agent testbed



1.  Poslad S. Specifying Protocols for Multi-Agent System Interaction. ACM Transactions on Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS), 2007, 2(4), article 15, 1-24.

2.  Poslad S., Tan J.J., Robles S., Reitbauer A., Giosue V. From message-based security mechanisms to a social interaction model to improve safety and security in open service infrastructures. Safety and Security in Multiagent Systems, 2004 SASEMAS-2004 workshop at AAMAS-2004 Conf., New York, July 2004, pp 102-109.

3.  Poslad S, Charlton P, and Calisti M. Specifying Standard Security Mechanisms in Multi-Agent Systems. In "Trust, Reputation and Security: Theories and Practice, Eds.: Falcone R., Barber S., Korba L. et al., LNAI Volume 2631, Springer-Verlag, 2003, pp. 163-176.

4.  Buckle P, Moore T, Robertshaw S, Treadway A, Tarkoma S and Poslad S. Scalability in Multi-Agent Systems: the FIPA-OS Perspective. In, Foundations and Applications of Multi-Agent Systems. LNCS Vol. 2403, 2002, pp.110-130.

5.  Poslad S, Charlton P. Standardizing agent interoperability: the FIPA approach. In: Michael Luck, Vladimir Marik, Olga Stepankova, Robert Trappl (Eds.): Multi-Agent Systems and Applications, LNCS, Vol. 2086, 2001, pp. 98-117.

6.  Poslad S, Buckle P, Hadingham R.G. Open Source, Standards and Scaleable Agencies. LNCS, 2001, vol. 1887, pp. 296-303. DOI 10.1007/3-540-47772-1_30.

7.  Poslad S, Laamanen H, Malaka R, Nick A, Buckle P and Zipf A. CRUMPET: Creation of User-friendly Mobile services PErsonalised for Tourism. Proc. IEE 3G2001 Conf. Mobile Communication Technologies, London, March 2001, pp 28-32.

8.  Poslad S, Buckle P and Hadingham R.G. The FIPA-OS agent platform: Open Source for Open Standards, Proceedings of PAAM 2000, Manchester, UK, 2000, pp355-368.

9.  Poslad S and Calisti M. Towards improved trust and security in FIPA agent platforms. Autonomous Agents 2000 Workshop on Deception, fraud, and trust in agent societies, Barcelona, June 2000, pp 87-90.