The next generation of mobile services must invisible, convenient, and useful. It requires new techniques to design and develop mobile computing applications, based on user-centred, environment-aware, adaptive behaviour. I propose an alternative technology for the development of intelligent mobile services based on intelligent autonomous agents. I investigate how to use agents for the development of the target applications, focusing on the well-known Belief-Desire-Intention architecture. The research statement is to explore the trade-off between quality of information and resource efficiency. However, I identified a number of shortcomings in the existing BDI-system technologies. For example, current developments move towards support to pro-active systems equipped to provide adaptive behaviour. Nonetheless, extensive support to reactiveness is required to (i) provide quality information and (ii) develop resource aware application. Motivated by these findings, I researched and introduce an extension to the BDI-model aiming at the development of mobile services. It provides the structures to take advantage of events from windows of opportunity to enhance the balance between reactiveness and proactiveness. I investigate how these features contribute to the effectiveness and performance of the developed application. This thesis includes (i) an analysis of related work; (ii) a conceptual model; (iii) a design model, (iv) a proof-of-concept implementation , and (iv) a validation of the proposed through of analysis of simulation results
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