In this study, we discuss our experience in applying an open agent system to solve computing problems found in the field of High Energy Physics (HEP). Specifically, through the use of agent technologies, we have taken a grid computing and multi-agent system approach in helping physicists do their work of analysing HEP experiments. HEP analysis is characterised by high demand for computer resources and high demand for the physicists time in deciphering what analysis steps to take. It is our contention that this application domain serves well as a highly suitable model for testing the feasibility and validity of theories found in the field of agent oriented computing. More importantly, we suggest further that this application area will benefit greatly from the advances found in agent and grid computing technologies.
Proceedings of the Workshop on Agentcities: Challenges in Open Agent Environments (W4), held in conjunction with the First International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2002), Bologna, Italy, 15-19 July 2002,