Commercializing a multiagent-supported collaborative system

Leen Kiat Soh, Hong Jiang

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1 Scopus citations


In this paper, we describe our effort and lessons learned in commercializing an innovative infrastructure to support student participation and collaboration and help the instructor manage large or distance classrooms using multiagent system intelligence. The system, called I-MINDS, has a host of intelligent agents for each classroom: a teacher agent ranks and categorizes real-time questions from the students and collects statistics on student participation, a number of group agents that each maintains a collaborative group and facilitate student discussions, and a student agent for each student that profiles a student and finds compatible students to form the student's "buddy group". Our commercialization plan is three-fold: (1) to strengthen our understanding of potential customers, (2) to understand our competitors and alternative products, and (3) to examine and estimate the market potential for I-MINDS. To accomplish the above, we have conducted experiments to further investigate the impact of I-MINDS in actual use, comprehensive research on existing products and technologies, secure legal protection of our technology, plug-and-play I-MINDS for various demonstrations to companies for joint research and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2006
EventFifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS - Hakodate, Japan
Duration: May 8 2006May 12 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents


ConferenceFifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS


  • Cooperative learning
  • Distance education
  • Multiagent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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