Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science


Intelligent agent theory is an important concept in artificial intelligent area. An intelligent agent, in a nutshell, is an intelligent program that uses agent communication protocols to exchange information for automatic problem solving, performing specific tasks on behalf of their users. Our objective is to investigate what an intelligent agent consists of and to implement several important aspects of it. In particular, we are interested in an intelligent agent that is able to take care of the incoming messages while the user is concentrating on some other duties. We develop an agent-based design framework and implement an intelligent agent system - voice email system that monitors incoming emails for us while we are surfing the Internet. A special feature of this system is that the agent reads any new messages for users. This initiative is based on the perception of real world needs and the academic research development. Based on what we have done, we can extend our agent capabilities. For example, two mail agents should be able to communicate each other to achieve more complicated task.


Presented to the Department of Computer Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science in Computer Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2001, Xuecheng Wang