SPADE User's Manual

For SPADE 2.1

Gustavo Aranda

Javier Palanca

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1. Basic Concepts
Multi-Agent Systems
Kickin'it FIPA style
Instant Messaging
XMPP and Jabber
XMPP and Jabber Features
The SPADE Agent Platform
The SPADE Agent Library
What's Next?
2. Quickstart Guide
Requirements
Installation
3. Fundamental Concepts
The Agent Platform
4. Basic agents
The SPADE Agent Library
The SPADE agent model
Connection to the platform
The message dispatcher
The behaviors
My first SPADE agent
An agent with a behavior
Agent Communication: Sending and Receiving Messages
What's next
5. Platform services
The SPADE Agent Management System (AMS)
The SPADE Directory Facilitator (DF)
What's next
6. Advanced Behaviour Types
The Finite-State-Machine
Event Behaviours
7. BDI Architecture for SPADE Agents
The SPADE BDI Agent Model
The Knowledge Base
Plans and Services
Goals
BDI in action

List of Figures

6.1. A Finite-State Machine