Distributed, Intelligent Search Agents for the World Wide Web
Project Award Date: 0000-00-00
With the expanding amount of information available on the Internet, a centralized agent for information discovery usually has limited capabilities for finding diverse and distributed information, or for providing a quick, effective mechanism to help users find information on-line. The purpose of this project is to allow distributed information agents to work together to index, retrieve, browse, and visualize information on the WWW.
In the system of decentralized search agents, each agent is able to coordinate and cooperate with the other agents to achieve a goal. Once a user issues a query, the local search agent then sends the query to other search agents that have information relevant to this query at their site, brings back the results, and merges them when necessary. The information at each site is categorized relative to a common ontology. The search agents analyze the user's query to identify the concepts in the ontology that are most relevant and then identifies the best sites for that query. Future research will explore ways to allow local sites to adapt their ontologies to their local document collection.
Primary Sponsor(s): NSF CAREER/EPSCoR