Accession Number:

ADA459936

Title:

Tapir: the Evolution of an Agent Control Language

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS UNIV AMHERST

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

Tapir is a general purpose, semi-declarative agent control language that extends and enhances the Hierarchical Agent Control HAC architecture 1. Tapir incorporates the lessons learned from developing HAC and makes it easier and faster to create reusable and understandable actions. Tapir has been used in a battalion level war-game simulation, a robot simulator, a simulation of cellular dynamics and a simulation of rodent behavior. The language is built around constructs that define agents, sensors, actions, and messages. It has mechanisms for handling multiple agents, a flexible resource model, and multiple means for structuring concurrent actions. This paper provides an overview of HAC and its shortcomings and then explains how Tapir extends and improves upon it.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE