15th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence
  July 21-26 2002     Lyon     France  

ECAI-2002 Conference Paper

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International Insurance Traffic with Software Agents

Chris van Aart, Kris Van Marcke, Ruurd Pels, Jan Smulders

This paper presents a business case on digital cross-border information flow within a European network of insurance companies. Underlying the business case is the multi-agent paradigm. The paper explores a structured approach for designing agent behavior based on the 5 Capabilities (5C) agent model. The central value of the 5C model is the conceptual separation of concerns. It breaks apart five different dimensions of capabilities upon which an intelligent agent must draw. The work shows that functional as well as technical constraints can be reflected in an intuitive manner along these five dimensions. The outcome of the business case was the KIR system, a network of information exchanging agents handling green card insurance traffic within Europe. The strength of the agent paradigm combined with the astonishing simplicity of the application design acted as an eye-opener; with two major consequences. First, the customer has given the green light to develop and implement the KIR system at European level. Second, the customer has become a strong believer in the value of solutions in the insurance domain based on intelligent agents.

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Citation: Chris van Aart, Kris Van Marcke, Ruurd Pels, Jan Smulders: International Insurance Traffic with Software Agents. In F. van Harmelen (ed.): ECAI2002, Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2002, pp.623-627.

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ECAI-2002 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by the UniversitÚ Claude Bernard and INSA, Lyon, on behalf of Association Franšaise pour l'Intelligence Artificielle.