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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy


This unit focuses theoretical concepts, applications and research issues of mobile software agents. Students will learn techniques to design and develop mobile agent applications. A number of different toolkits/development environments will be discussed and used for the practical component of the unit. The unit analyses mobile software agents technology with respect to their use in different application domains - focusing on pervasive applications, electronic commerce/web services and distributed data/network management. Advanced research issues/topics such as communication, coordination, security and trust for mobile agent systems will also be presented.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • be conversant with the principles and theoretical concepts of mobile software agents;
  • appreciate models and approaches to building mobile agent systems;
  • demonstrate knowledge of different mobile agent toolkits and development environments;
  • utilise techniques for achieving mobile agent communication and coordination;
  • understand security issues in mobile agent systems;
  • select and apply appropriate tools for a particular application;
  • foster critical and independent analysis of how mobile agents can be applied to distributed computing applications.


Reading Component: 15%; Research paper and presentation: 50%; Project/practical assignment: 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


Recommended Knowledge: It is assumed that all students have a working knowledge of fundamental Java programming.



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