An Intelligent Multi-Agent System Approach to Automating Safety Features for On-Line Real Time Communications: Agent Mediated Information Exchange

MacFarlane, Kate (2016) An Intelligent Multi-Agent System Approach to Automating Safety Features for On-Line Real Time Communications: Agent Mediated Information Exchange. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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Abstract

5 Abstract Child safety online is a growing problem, governmental attempts to highlight and combat this issue have not been as successful as it was hoped, and still there are highly publicised cases of children, young people and vulnerable adults coming to harm as a result of unsafe online practices. This thesis presents the research, design and development of a prototype system called SafeChat, which will provide a safer environment for children interacting in online environments. In order to combat such a complex problem, it is necessary to integrate various artificial intelligent technologies and autonomous systems. The SafeChat prototype system discussed within this research has been implemented in Java Agent Development Environment (JADE) and utilises Protégé Ontology development, reasoning and natural language processing techniques. To evaluate our system performance, comprehensive testing to measure its effectiveness in detecting potential risk to the user (e.g. child) is in constant development. Initial results of system testing are encouraging and demonstrate its effectiveness in identifying different levels of threat during online conversation. The potential impact of this work is immense, when used as a plug-in to popular communications software, such as Facebook Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp. SafeChat provides a safer environment for children to communicate, identifying potential and actual threats, whilst maintaining the privacy of their discourse. The SafeChat system could be easily adapted to provide autonomous solutions in other areas of online threat, such as cyberbullying and radicalisation.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Computing > Data Science
Computing > Artificial Intelligence
Computing > Information Systems
Computing > Software Engineering
Computing
Divisions: Faculty of Technology
Faculty of Technology > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Kate MacFarlane
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2019 10:07
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:08
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/10969
ORCID for Kate MacFarlane: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0271-3314

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