Published in Proceedings of InterSymp-1998: The 10th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics: Baden-Baden, Germany, August 17, 1998, pages 47-59. Publisher website: http://www.iias.edu.
Not unlike King Arthur relying on the infamous Round Table as the setting for consultation with his most trusted experts, agent-based, decision-support systems provide human decision makers with a means of solving complex problems through collaboration with collections of both human and computer-based expert agents. The Round Table Framework provides a formalized architecture together with a set of development and execution tools which can be utilized to design, develop, and execute agent-based, decision-support applications. Based on a three-tier architecture, Round Table incorporates forefront technologies including distributed-object servers, inference engines, and web-based presentation to provide a framework for collaborative, agent-based decision making systems.