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  1. The Fourteenth International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS 2013) -- May 6 afternoon (added) and May 7

    The MABS workshop series continues with its goal to bring together researchers interested in MAS engineering, with researchers focused on finding efficient solutions to model complex social systems, in such areas as economics, management, organizational and social sciences in general. In all these areas, agent theories, metaphors, models, analysis, experimental designs, empirical studies, and methodological principles, all converge into simulation as a way of achieving explanations and predictions, exploration and testing of hypotheses, better designs and systems. The workshop will provide a forum for social scientists, agent researchers and developers, and simulation researchers, to assess the current state of the art in the modeling and simulation of social systems and MAS, to identify where existing approaches can be successfully applied, to learn about new approaches and explore future research challenges, and to exchange in an interdisciplinary environment.

    URL: https://sites.google.com/site/mabsworkshop/
    Submission deadline: extended to February 10 (it was February 3), 2013

  2. Collaborative Online Organizations (COOS'13)-- May 6 afternoon

    This workshop aims to bring together experts from scientists, researchers and engineers interested in the theory and practice of computational models of online organizations. The objective is to advance understanding and capacities for crafting effective online and virtual organizations. We will emphasize operational functions of social networks that facilitate formation and evolution of components within online organizations. Papers describing advanced prototypes, systems, tools, and techniques and position papers indicating future directions are also encouraged. Papers describing original work are invited in our detailed topical areas. Accepted papers, presented at the workshop by one of the authors, will appear in the proceedings of workshop notes. Subset of high quality original papers will be selected to submit extended versions to a reputable journal special issue.

    URL: http://www.cs.siu.edu/~mas
    Submission deadline: extended to February 22 (it was January, 25), 2013

  3. 1st International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS)-- May 6 and 7

    Although much progress has been made, the design, implementation and deployment of multi-agent systems still poses many challenges. It is increasingly apparent that there are benefits in considering design and implementation challenges together. Therefore, the workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS) was formed, as a merger of three existing AAMAS workshops (AOSE, DALT, and ProMAS). EMAS is also an ideal place for papers on innovative applications of agents, with particular interest in lessons learned and the engineering challenges identified in building and deploying the applications.

    URL: http://emas2013.otago.ac.nz
    Submission deadline: extended to February 7 (it was January 30), 2013

  4. The 1st International Workshop on Multiagent-based Societal Systems (MASS 2013) -- May 7

    The goal of our workshop (MASS) is to discuss theory, technology and implementations of multiagent-based societal systems for evaluation of new urban designs in real world such as a smart city which has to be considered from interdisciplinary fields. Participants would discuss and share specifically the multiagent simulations towards a study of urban design in the future, and the place of our IT specialist for collaborating in urban design.

    URL:http://www.itolab.nitech.ac.jp/MASS2013/
    Submission deadline: extended to February 14, 2013 (it was January 30, 2013)

  5. The Fifth International Workshop on Emergent Intelligence on Networked Agents (WEIN2013) -- May 6

    In this workshop we will discuss about the emergence of intelligence from large-scale complex networked agents. Our brain consists of 50 billion neurons and the neuron network causes emergence of our consciousness and intelligence. And, each human behavior and large-scale complex human network causes emergence of society. We can see many emergence phenomena like these among the real world.

    URL: http://ein.jssst.or.jp/ein/WEIN13.html
    Submission deadline: February 7, 2013

  6. Adaptive and Learning Agents (ALA13) -- May 6 and May 7 morning

    Adaptive Learning Agents encompasses diverse fields such as Computer Science, Software Engineering, Biology, as well as Cognitive and Social Sciences. The ALA workshop will focus on agents and multiagent systems which employ learning or adaptation, This workshop is a continuation of the long running AAMAS series of workshops on adaptive agents. This workshop will focus on all aspects of adaptive and learning agents and multiagent systems with a particular emphasis on how to modify established learning techniques and/or create new learning paradigms to address the many challenges presented by complex real-world problems.

    URL: http://swarmlab.unimaas.nl/ala2013/
    Submission deadline: extended to February 9 (it was January 30), 2013

  7. Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems (COIN13) -- May 6

    Coordination, organizations, institutions and norms are four key governance elements for the regulation of open multi-agent systems, and the COIN workshop constitutes a space for debate and exploration of these four elements that are central in the design and use of open systems. Without limiting the range of traditional topics addressed in the workshop, in the upcoming edition we would like to discuss the latest results on the following topics: (1) models and implementations of (social) norms, regulations, commitments and laws (especially their combination) in the cognitive decision making of agents; (2) formal models and implementations of groups, teams, organizations and institutions and their combination highlighting the differences, overlaps and connections; the role of organizational aspects in (social) simulations and (serious) games.

    URL: http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~dignu101/coin2013/
    Submission deadline: February 6, 2013

  8. Cognitive Agents and Virtual Environments (CAVE13) -- May 7

    This is the Second AAMAS Workshop on Cognitive Agents and Virtual Environments (CAVE) where the main issue is to incorporate elements of agent technology in games and similar virtual environments such as 3D training and educational applications to create more flexible and realistic game play. We intend to bring people working on virtual characters together with those working on agent platforms and languages and cognitive architectures. All three communities have important parts of solutions for creating agents for games and similar applications, but very little is currently being done to combine these solutions. Thus the workshop will encourage all submissions that connect the different communities and show the benefits from this combination.

    URL: http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~dignu101/CAVE13/
    Submission deadline: February 6, 2013

  9. Spatial Computing Workshop 2013 (SCW) -- May 6

    In the field of distributed systems, space plays various important roles, ranging from computational resource (e.g., parallelism) to the result of the computation itself (e.g., formation control or self-assembly). In multiagent-based systems, spatial relationships are often used to organize the interactions between agents and often their behaviors can be specified and analyzed relying on spatial notions like: location, neighborhood, diffusion, propagation, etc. The goal of the 5th Spatial Computing Workshop is to serve as an inclusive forum for the discussion of ongoing or completed work focusing on the theoretical and practical issues of explicitly using space in the design process of multiagent or multiactor systems. We invite researchers to explore spatial computing at different abstraction levels, ranging from relevant concepts and theories for the top-down specification of spatial applications, to suitable methodologies and tools, and novel spatial applications.

    URL: http://www.spatial-computing.org/scw13
    Submission deadline: extended to February 22 (it was February 15, 2013)

  10. Title: Tenth International Workshop on Argumentation in Multi-Agent Systems (ArgMAS 2013) -- May 6

    The main goal of ArgMAS 2013 is to bring together the community of researchers working on argumentation in multi-agent systems. The workshop will focus on the concepts, theories, methodologies, and applications of computational models of argument in creating autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. Argumentation can be abstractly defined as the formal interaction of different arguments for and against some conclusion (eg, a proposition, an action intention, a preference, etc). A single agent may use argumentation techniques to perform individual reasoning, to resolve conflicting evidence, or to decide between conflicting goals. Multiple agents may also use dialectical argumentation in order to identify and reconcile differences, through interactions such as negotiation, persuasion, and joint deliberation.

    URL:www.mit.edu/~irahwan/argmas/argmas13/
    Submission deadline: February 1, 2013

  11. The Ninth International Workshop on Agents and Data Mining Interaction (ADMI13) -- May 6

    The ADMI workshop provides a premier forum for sharing research and engineering results, as well as potential challenges and prospects encountered in the respective communities and the coupling between agents and data mining. The workshop welcomes theoretical work and applied dissemination aiming to: (1) exploit agent-enriched data mining and demonstrate how intelligent agent technology can contribute to critical data mining problems in theory and practice; (2) improve data mining-driven agents and show how data mining can strengthen agent intelligence in research and practical applications; (3) explore the integration of agents and data mining towards a super-intelligent system; (4) discuss existing results, new problems, challenges and impact of integration of agent and data mining technologies as applied to highly distributed heterogeneous, including mobile, systems operating in ubiquitous and P2P environments; and (5) identify challenges and directions for future research and development on the synergy between agents and data mining.

    URL: http://admi13.agentmining.org/
    Submission deadline: extended to March 8 (it was February 11) 2013

  12. The Sixth International Workshop on Agent-based Complex Automated Negotiations (ACAN2013) -- May 6

    Complex Automated Negotiations have been widely studied and have become an emerging area in the field of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. These issues are being explored by researchers from different communities in Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent systems. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from these communities to learn about each others' approaches, form long-term collaborations, and cross-fertilize the different areas to accelerate progress towards scaling up to larger and more realistic applications. ACAN has been tightly cooperating with ANAC (Automated Negotiating Agents Competition).

    URL: http://www.itolab.nitech.ac.jp/ACAN2013/
    Submission deadline: February 14, 2013

  13. Second International Workshop on Human-Agent Interaction Design and Models (HAIDM)-- May 7

    As the boundaries of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems continue to expand, there is an increasing need for agents to interact with humans. In fact, the field of multi-agent systems has matured from conceptual models to applications within the real-world (e.g., Energy and sustainability, disaster management, or health care). One significant challenge that arises when transitioning these conceptual models to applications is addressing the inevitable human interaction. To this end, this workshop examines major challenges at the intersection of human-agent systems. In particular, we focus on the challenges of designing and modelling human-agent interaction with the aim to establish a forum for researchers to discuss common issues across multiple disciplines related to human-agent interaction.

    URL: http://haidm.wordpress.com
    Submission deadline: extended to February 9 (it was January 30), 2013

  14. Multiagent Sequential Decision Making Under Uncertainty (MSDM) -- May 7

    The MSDM workshop focuses on principled sequential decision making models and methods for systems of multiple agents. Over the past decade, a variety of different multiagent models and solutions have emerged for cooperative agents (e.g., the MMDP, Dec-POMDP, and MTDP) as well as for self-interested agents (e.g., the I-POMDP and POSG). The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers working in relevant topics to present and discuss new developments, to identify recent research trends, and to establish important directions and goals for further research and collaboration. Further, we hope that these active discussions and collaborations will help us to overcome the challenges of successfully applying MSDM methods to real-world problems in security, sustainability, public safety, health care and others.

    URL: http://gaips.inesc-id.pt/~switwicki/msdm2013/
    Abstracts Due: February 8; Papers Due: February 12, 2013

  15. Autonomous Robots and Multirobot Systems (ARMS) -- May 7

    Robots are agents, too. Indeed, agent researchers are sometimes inspired by robots, sometimes use robots in motivating examples, and sometimes make contributions to robotics. Both practical and analytical techniques in agent research influence, and are influenced by, research into autonomous robots and multi-robot systems. Despite the rich cross-fertilization between AAMAS and robotics research areas, roboticists and agents researchers have only a few opportunities to meet and interact. The recently established robotics track at AAMAS is one such opportunity. The goal of the proposed workshop is to extend and widen this opportunity, by offering a forum where researchers in this area of research can interact and present promising innovative research directions, and new results. The workshop is coordinated and associated with the AAMAS robotics track.

    URL: http://ii.tudelft.nl/arms2013
    Submission deadline: extended to February 9 (it was January 30), 2013

  16. MERGED WITH AIM -- Information Sharing in Large Scale Multi-Agent Systems (IS@AMAS13)

    This workshop aims to address information sharing as opposed to mere information searching and retrieval through querying. Agents, devices and information sources connected in large scale networks have to share information in effective ways, so as the right information to reach the right agents at the appropriate time, for
    agents to perform the necessary tasks. The distribution, diversity, volatility and, in many emerging applications ubiquity of data sources, make the information sharing task a challenging task. This is important in many real-world settings, where voluminous information from different sources need to reach agents. The problem becomes even more challenging when agents have different “views” for the meaning of the information they need to share, when they have to manipulate heterogeneous data from different sources. In all these cases, semantics play an important role. Considering to be a decentralized control problem, information searching and sharing in large-scale systems of cooperative agents is a hard problem in the general case. Topics to be addressed include algorithms for information sharing among self-interested agents, formal models for information sharing and methods' formal properties (e.g. convergence, completeness, optimality), energy/cost-efficient and scalable information sharing methods, machine learning methods for “tuning” information sharing in large scale settings, adaptive multi-agent organizations for effective and efficient information sharing, distributed semantic coordination for information sharing in heterogeneous and large scale settings, information provenance, trust and reputation for information sharing, environment abstractions and facilitators for effective information sharing, real-world applications of information sharing, agent architectures for energy-efficient and scalable information sharing.

  17. The 16th International Workshop on Trust in Agent Societies (TRUST13) -- May 7

    With the growing prevalence of social interaction through electronic means, trust, reputation, privacy, and identity become more and more important. Trust is not just a simple, monolithic concept, it is multi-faceted, operates at many levels of, and plays many roles in interaction. Many computational and theoretical models and approaches to trust and reputation have been developed in the last few years. In all these cases, electronic personas may be created in many different forums: ecommerce, social networks, blogs, etc. Trust is critical for modeling and supporting groups and teams, organizations, co-ordination, negotiation, with the related trade-off between individual utility and collective interest; or in modeling the distribution of (mis)information. Technology can also damage trust relationships already held in human organizations and relations, and favor additional challenges of deception and trust. Exploring these issues will be objective of the workshop discussions, and we will solicit novel contributions to the discussion in these areas; at the same time we will focus this edition of the workshop on the specific theme of "Trust and Norms".

    URL: https://sites.google.com/site/trustworkshop/
    Submission deadline: extended to February 17 (it was February 10), 2013

  18. Optimisation in Multi-Agent Systems (OPTMAS) -- May 7

    This workshop invites works from different strands of the multi-agent systems community that pertain to the design of algorithms, models, and techniques to deal with multi-agent optimisation problems. In so doing, this workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers to discuss common issues that arise in solving optimisation problems in different areas and elaborate common benchmarks to test their solutions.

    URL: http://optmas2013.org
    Submission deadline: February 9, 2013

  19. CANCELED -- Agent Design: Advancing from Practice to Theory (ADAPT)

    The workshop on Agent Design: Advancing from Practice to Theory focuses on the (lack of) interaction between different groups within the agent community, that focus on either theory or practice of multi-agent systems. We hope to bridge this gap by fostering an exchange where (1) the lessons learned from taking theory to practice are used to understand the limitations of the theoretical models and (2) the lessons learned directly from practice are used to discover the issues that theoretical models need to address.

    URL: http://adapt2013.dai-labor.de
    Submission deadline: extended to February 6 (it was January 30), 2013

  20. The Fourth International Workshop on Agent Technologies for Energy Systems (ATES2013) -- May 7

    ATES 2013 is the fourth running of the International Workshop on Agent Technologies for Energy Systems (previously co-located at AAMAS 2010, AAMAS 2011 and AAMAS 2012). The workshop addresses the challenge of building a sustainable energy future by exploring the application of agents and multi-agent approaches within future energy systems such as the smart grid; an application domain that requires autonomous, intelligent systems that are distributed in nature, and are robust to failure. The workshop provides a unique venue for both academic and industrial practitioners at the intersection of the distributed AI and power system communities to interact, and challenges academic researchers at the core of the agents community to consider the additional complexity and constraints imposed by this increasingly important application domain.

    URL: www.ates2013.org
    Submission deadline: February 8, 2013

  21. Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce XV (AMEC XV) -- May 6 morning

    The design and analysis of electronic commerce systems in which agents are deployed involves finding solutions to a large and diverse array of problems, concerning individual agent behaviors, interaction, and collective behavior. A wide variety of electronic commerce scenarios and systems, and agent approaches to these, have been studied in recent years. These studies suggest models that support the design and the analysis at both the level of the single agent and the level of the multi-agent system. This workshop will address both the agent level and the system level, combining design and analysis aspects of electronic commerce. The primary goal of this workshop is to continue to bring together novel work from diverse fields as Computer Science, Game Theory, Economics, Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Systems that focus on modeling, implementation and evaluation of computational trading agents and institutions.

    URL: http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ss2/amec2013/
    Submission deadline: extended to February 17 (it was February 8) 2013

  22. The Fourth Workshop on Cooperative Games in Multiagent Systems (CoopMAS 2013) -- May 6

    The use of cooperative game theory to study how agents should cooperate and collaborate, along with the related topic of coalition formation, has received growing attention from the multi-agent systems, game theory, and electronic commerce communities. The workshop is intended to focus on topics in cooperation in multi-agent systems, cooperative game theory and cooperative solution concepts, formation of coalitions, negotiation between agents, joint decision making, and voting.

    URL: https://sites.google.com/site/coopmas2013/home
    Submission deadline: February 7, 2013

  23. The Workshop on Multiagent Interaction Networks (MAIN) -- May 7

    The goal of this workshop is to bring the network perspective to the forefront in the design and analysis of multiagent systems. We invite contributions from multi-agent modelers, researchers in network science, and researchers in computational social science, with a focus on how network science might be used to improve the design and analysis of multi-agent systems.

    URL:http://staff.vbi.vt.edu/swarup/main/
    Submission deadline: extended to February 15 (it was January 30), 2013


CLOSED - Call for proposals

The AAMAS-2013 Organizing Committee invites proposals for the Workshop Program to be held on May 6-7, 2013 immediately prior to the main technical program of the AAMAS conference. The main goal of the AAMAS-2013 workshops is to stimulate and facilitate discussion, interaction, and comparison of approaches, methods, and ideas related to specific topics, both theoretical and applied, in the general area of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems.

The AAMAS-2013 workshops will provide an informal setting where participants will have the opportunity to discuss specific technical topics in an atmosphere that fosters the active exchange of ideas.

Members from all areas of the AAMAS community are invited to submit workshop proposals for review. Workshops on new and emerging topics, applications, and on broader topics catering to the broader community are particularly encouraged. Workshops can vary in length, but most will be one full day in duration. Workshop organizers and attendees must register for their workshop and preferably also for
the main AAMAS conference. Attendance is limited to registered participants only.


Important Dates

October 31, 2012: Proposal Submission Deadline
November 28, 2012: Acceptance Notification
December 12, 2012: Deadline for posting the Workshops Call for Papers
December 12, 2012: AAMAS-2013 Workshops Program Announced
January, 30, 2013: Recommended deadline for submission of contributions to workshops
February 27, 2013: Recommended deadline for paper acceptance notification
March 13, 2013: Deadline for complete workshop notes submission to the workshop chair
March 13, 2013: Deadline for posting the Call for Participation
May 6-7, 2013: AAMAS-2013 Workshops


Requirements for Submission

Proposals for workshops should be a maximum of five pages in length (in plain AS
CII text), and should contain the following information:

  1. Title of the workshop.
  2. A technical description of the workshop, specifying the workshop goals, the technical issues that it will address, and the relevance of the workshop to the main conference.
  3. A discussion of why and to whom the workshop is of interest.
  4. A list of related workshops held within the last three years, if any, and their relation to the proposed workshop. Information about previous offerings of the proposed workshop: when and where it has been offered in the past (i.e., with AAMAS or another conference), organizers names and affiliations, number of submissions, acceptances and registered attendees, and follow-up publications, if any (e.g., journal special issue).
  5. A preliminary workshop agenda and a proposed schedule for organizing the works
    hop. This should include a brief description of how the organizers intend to encourage an atmosphere appropriate for a workshop.
  6. Description of the paper review process and acceptance standards.
  7. If available, a list of tentatively confirmed attendees.
  8. The names, affiliations, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses
    of the proposed workshop organizing committee. This committee should consist of
    three or four people knowledgeable about the technical issues to be addressed. The organizing committee should include individuals from multiple institutions.
  9. The name of the primary contact for the organizing committee (this person must have an email address).
  10. A description of the qualifications of the individual committee members with respect to organizing an AAMAS workshop, including a list of workshops previously arranged by any members of the proposed organizing committee, if any.
  11. List of potential program committee members, including their title and affiliations.
  12. Expected duration of the workshop (half or full day).
  13. A list of places (distribution lists, web sites, journals, etc.) where the workshop is planned to be advertised.

All proposals should be submitted by electronic mail, in plain ASCII text, to the AAMAS-2013 Workshop Chairs: Wolf Ketter (wketter@rsm.nl) and Satoshi Kurihara
(kurihara@ist.osaka-u.ac.jp) as soon as possible but no later than: Wednesday October 31, 2012.

The selection of the workshops to be included in the final AAMAS program will be done by the general chairs of AAMAS 2013 based on the advice of the workshop chairs. The selection is based upon multiple factors, including: the scientific/technical interest of the topics, the clarity of the proposal in addressing the requested information, the innovativeness of workshop topics, the cross-disciplinary nature of the workshop, and the capacity of the conference workshop program. Note that authors of proposals addressing similar and/or overlapping content areas and/or audiences may be asked to merge their proposals.


Responsibilities of AAMAS and workshop organizers

For all accepted proposals, AAMAS will be responsible for:

  • Providing publicity for the workshop series as a whole.
  • Providing logistic support and a meeting place for the workshop.
  • Together with the organizers, determining the workshop date and time.
  • Provide one free workshop registration when the workshop has more than 15 registrations.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for:

  • Setting up a website for the workshop.
  • Advertising the workshop and issuing a call for papers (by DECEMBER 12, 2012) and a call for participation (by MARCH 13, 2013).
  • Collecting and evaluating submissions, notifying authors of acceptance or rejection on a timely basis, and ensuring a transparent and fair selection process.
  • All workshop organizers are strongly advised to adopt the same deadlines for paper submissions and notifications of acceptance, i.e., January 30, 2013: Submis
    sions of contributions to workshops; February 27, 2012: Notifications
  • Making the PDF of the whole workshop notes available to the workshops chair by March 13, 2013, as well as a list of audio-visual requirements and any special room requirements. The AAMAS-2013 workshop notes will be included in the flash drive containing the AAMAS-2013 conference proceedings. To that end, please include the following sentence in your call for papers: "Workshop notes including all accepted papers will be distributed to AAMAS-2013 registrants in electronic form. Printed workshop notes will NOT be made available to workshop participants."
  • Ensuring that the workshop notes or individual papers are available from the workshops websites, as appropriate.Ensuring that the workshop organizers and the participants register for the workshop and are invited to register to the main conference (at least one author must register for the workshop in order for a paper to appear in the workshop proceedings). AAMAS reserves the right to cancel any workshop if the above responsibilities are not fulfilled.

Submissions and Inquiries

Please send proposals and inquiries to:

Wolf Ketter (wketter@rsm.nl) and Satoshi Kurihara (kurihara@ist.osaka-u.ac.jp)