The research in intelligent agents have progressed over more than a decade emerging from research in distributed artificial intelligence and distributed computing. The prime motivation for developing intelligent agent technology stems from the demand for agent that can interoperate by exchanging information and services with other programs, thereby solving problems that cannot be solved in isolation. 

Motivated to become the first research centre in the area of Agent Technology, the Centre of Agent Technology (CAT) is established to become the leader in the development of a new agent technology based on intelligent software agents paradigm.​