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Computing paradigms are constantly evolving-from mainframe to desktop, and on to ubiquitous computing. With a wide variety of devices, each with varying constraints, it would be quite difficult to develop services that would operate in a uniform manner across all platforms. With this in mind we offer an agent based solution. Agent attributes of autonomy, adaptability and mobility make them highly suitable for use in pervasive computing environments. Agent Chameleons illustrates a framework for Virtual Personal Assistants (VPA) for the information age. This paper briefly outlines some of the technologies and concepts that underpin the functionality of a VPA.
Bradley, J.F., Duffy, B., O'Hare, M.P., Martin, A. & Schoen-Phelan, B. (2004). Virtual Personal Assistants in a Pervasive Computing World. Proceedings of IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, UK-RI 3rd Workshop on Intelligent Cybernetic Systems