NASA 1996 SBIR Phase I


PROPOSAL NUMBER : 96-1 06.02-5700B

PROJECT TITLE : : Collaborative Agent Development Environment

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)

The proposed Collaborative Agent Development Environment (CADE) will demonstrate the feasibility of a tool that can automate the design and implementation of a collaborating community of intelligent agents for the Mission Operations domain. CADE will be implemented in Java and it will be used to generate a Java based community of agents. Thus, the proposed innovation addresses NASA's needs as described in the "Internet-based and Java-based approaches to mission operations" sub topic.

Phase I efforts will focus on the definition, architectural design, and development of a prototype for CADE. Primarily, the Phase I effort will 1) Identify a Mission Operations test bed, 2) Produce the CADE architecture, and 3) Produce a CADE prototype. Phase I efforts will last 6 months and provide the "proof of concept" necessary for a Phase II product. A Phase II product will be developed using the Phase I prototype as a guide.

CADE can reduce the cost of developing agent based software. Agent collaboration is implicit in CADE, giving CADE based communities of agents enormous potential. In fact, once the tool is constructed, it can be used to improve itself. A tool like this could revolutionize the way software is built.

POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS
The best potential for commercialization of the Collaborative Agent Development Environment is from the Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tool community. The CADE technology can be added to existing CASE tools (i.e. Paradigm PLUS), or be used as a basis for a new generation of software engineering tools. The principle benefit of this product will be reduced life-cycle costs for systems employing agent technologies. This product will benefit organizations, within both government and industry, that produce software systems and want to use agent technologies to further increase the level of automation within their particular domain.
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Mr. Joseph Nieten
LinCom Corporation
1020 Bay Area Blvd. Suite 200
Houston, TX 77058
NAME AND ADDRESS OF OFFEROR
LinCom Corporation
1020 Bay Area Blvd. Suite 200
Houston, TX 77058