Exploiting domain ontologies and intelligent agents: An automated network management support paradigm

Sameera Abar, Yukio Iwaya, Toru Abe, Tetsuo Kinoshita

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This paper presents a domain-ontology driven multi-agent based scheme for representing the knowledge of the communication Network Management System (NMS). The scope of this work is focussed on the performance analysis and fault detection functional areas which are of prime importance as far as the management of the communication network systems is considered. The proposed network knowledge model has been constructed in accordance with the CommonKADS methodology, to facilitate its reusability and shareability. In the proposed knowledge-intensive framework, the static domain-related concepts are articulated as the domain knowledge ontology. The empirical knowledge for managing the network is represented as the fault-state causal reasoning models, and it is explicitly encoded as the core knowledge of multi-agent middle-ware layer as heuristic production-type rules. This task-oriented experiential knowledge manipulates the domain content and structure during the diagnostic sessions. The inference chains during the agents' cooperative problem solving are supported by the java-based networking routines in conjunction with the run-time log information. The proposed approach can be regarded as one of the pioneered steps towards representing the network knowledge via reusable domain ontology and intelligent agents for the automated network management support systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Networking
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Data Communications and Wireless Networks - International Conference, ICOIN 2006. Revised Selected Papers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)3540485635, 9783540485636
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Conference on Information Networking, ICOIN 2006 - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 2006 Jan 162006 Jan 19

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3961 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Networking, ICOIN 2006


  • Domain ontology
  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Multi-agent system
  • Network management
  • Problem solving


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