Bogner, M., J. Maletic, and S. Franklin . In Press. ConAg: a reusable framework for developing "conscious" software agents. The International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools.
ConAg is a reusable framework, written in Java, for creating conscious" software agents. The system provides an application skeleton that can be customized by developers. Its particular focus is on these agents' consciousness" mechanism. A conscious" software agent is a cognitive agent that integrates numerous artificial intelligence mechanisms to implement the global workspace theory, a psychological theory of mind. This article gives an overview of conscious" software agents and it describes the architectural style of conscious" software agents, from which ConAg is constructed.