Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium

Written by  on September 24, 2008

As usual, we’ll be participating (to some extent) in the ADS symposium.

The theme of ADS’09 is based on the observation of the following premises.

  1. The growth of new advanced distributed computing standards along with the rapid rise of e-commerce are providing a new context that acts as a critical driver for the development of next generation systems. These standards revolve around service-oriented technologies, pervasive computing, web-services, Grid, autonomic computing, ambient intelligence etc. The supporting role that intelligent agents play in the development of such systems is becoming pervasive, and simulation plays a critical role in the analysis and design of such systems.
  2. The use of emergent agent technologies at the organization, interaction (e.g., coordination, negotiation, communication) and agent levels (i.e. reasoning, autonomy) are expected to advance the state of the art in various application domains. However, modeling and testing complex agent systems that are based on such technologies is difficult. Using agent-supported simulation techniques for testing complex agent systems is up and coming field.
  3. To facilitate bridging the gap between research and application, there is a need for tools, agent programming languages, and methodologies to analyze, design, and implement complex, non-trivial agent-based simulations. Existing agent-based simulation tools are still not mature enough to enable developing agents with varying degrees cognitive and reasoning capabilities.

Note the dorkboard….

Written by  on September 21, 2008

Ethan and his dad came to the first dorkboard based induction. This is one of his recent projects.

Very cool stuff.

Our first reseller.

Written by  on September 7, 2008

Brian Reilly at Wulfden picked up the dorkboard in his freeduino line of products.


Ptolemy II Webcam App

Written by  on September 4, 2008

My partners got so excited about the ease with which one can create data-driven programs using QuartzComposer for the Mac that I just had to demonstrate to them that Apple doesn’t have any kind of lock on this domain. In fact, it brought to my mind a very old Mac OS 9 (or earlier I guess) visual programming language called Prograph, which has now become Marten and a handy little signal processing tool called Cantata, which has now become VisiQuest (look at the tutorials near the bottom of the page). And, of course, that’s not to mention the many other packages out there like PureData, LabView, etc.

Anyway, here’s my demonstration using Ptolemy II 7.0.1 over the top of FMJ (forget JMF – “Oh Sun Microsystems, why have you forsaken us?”):

At our company meeting, we were playing with a USB microscope Don borrowed from a friend of his. And one must admit that’s a much cooler thing to play with than a webcam. But, hey, my point can be made without the fancy hardware. ;-)