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Agenda management systems: Supporting communication of heterogeneous distributed agents

Eric Kenneth McCall, University of Massachusetts Amherst


As software engineering efforts move to more complex, distributed environments, coordinating the activities of people and tools becomes increasingly important. While groupware systems address user level communication needs and distributed computing technologies address tool level communication needs, few attempts have been made to synthesize the common needs of both. This dissertation presents a framework for generating agenda management systems (AMSs) from specifications of application requirements and describes how such systems address communication needs of heterogeneous agents. The framework supports a variety of application requirements and produces a customized AMS that is based on replicated distributed objects. The framework and generated AMS support evolution in several ways, allowing existing systems to be extended as requirements change. Also discussed are experiences using this approach and lessons learned, primarily from use in supporting a process execution environment and a laboratory coordination environment.

Subject Area

Computer science

Recommended Citation

McCall, Eric Kenneth, "Agenda management systems: Supporting communication of heterogeneous distributed agents" (2000). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI9960771.