AP2PC'2004: Call for papers - 3rd International Workshop on Agents and Peer-to-Peer Computing

Gianluca Moro gmoro at deis.unibo.it
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                     CALL FOR PAPERS

              Third International Workshop on



                     New York City, USA
                       July 19, 2004

                  to be held at AAMAS 2004
           Third International Joint Conference on
           Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems

Important dates
Abstract:                       1st April  2004
Paper submission:               6th April  2004
Acceptance notification:        1st May    2004
Workshop:                      19th July   2004
Camera ready for
Post-proceedings:              31st August 2004

Publisher: Springer, series Lecture Notes in Computer Science

Peer-to-peer (P2P) computing is attracting enormous media attention,
spurred by the popularity of file sharing systems such as Napster,
Gnutella, and Morpheus. The peers are autonomous, or as some call them,
first-class citizens. P2P networks are emerging as a new distributed
computing paradigm for their potential to harness the computing power of
the hosts composing the network and make their under-utilized resources
available to others. This possibility has generated a lot of interest in
many industrial organizations which have already launched important

In P2P systems, peer and web services in the role of resources become
shared and combined to enable new capabilities greater than the sum of
the parts. This means that services can be developed and treated as
pools of methods that can be composed dynamically. The decentralized
nature of
P2P computing makes it also ideal for economic environments that foster
knowledge sharing and collaboration as well as cooperative and
non-cooperative behaviors in sharing resources. Business models are
being developed, which rely on incentive mechanisms to supply
contributions to the system and methods for controlling free riding.
Clearly, the growth and the management of P2P networks must be regulated
to ensure adequate
compensation of content and/or service providers. At the same time,
there is also a need to ensure equitable distribution of content and

Although researchers working on distributed computing, MultiAgent
Systems, databases and networks have been using similar concepts for a
long time, it is only recently that papers motivated by the current P2P
have started appearing in high quality conferences and workshops.
Research in agent systems in particular appears to be most relevant
because, since their inception, MultiAgent Systems have always been
thought of as
networks of peers.

The MultiAgent paradigm can thus be superimposed on the P2P
architecture, where agents embody the description of the task
environments, the decision-support capabilities, the collective
behavior, and the
interaction protocols of each peer. The emphasis in this context on
decentralization, user autonomy, ease and speed of growth that gives P2P
its advantages, also leads to significant potential problems. Most
prominent among these problems are coordination: the ability of an agent
to make decisions on its own actions in the context of activities of
other agents, and scalability: the value of the P2P systems lies in how
they scale along several dimensions, including complexity, heterogeneity
of peers, robustness, traffic redistribution, and so on. It is important
to scale up coordination strategies along multiple dimensions to enhance
their tractability and viability, and thereby to widen the application
domains. These two problems are common to many large-scale
applications. Without coordination, agents may be wasting their efforts,
squander resources and fail to achieve their objectives in situations
requiring collective effort.

This workshop will bring together researchers working on agent systems
and P2P computing with the intention of strengthening this
connection. Researchers from other related areas such as distributed
systems, networks and database systems will also be welcome (and, in our
opinion, have a lot to contribute).

We seek high-quality and original contributions on the general theme of
agents and P2P computing. The following is a non-exhaustive list of
topics of special interest:

* Intelligent agent techniques for P2P computing
* P2P computing techniques for multi-agent systems
* The Semantic Web, Semantic Coordination Mechanisms and P2P systems
* Scalability, coordination, robustness and adaptability in P2P systems
* Self-organization and emergent behavior in P2P networks
* E-commerce and P2P computing
* Participation and Contract Incentive Mechanisms in P2P Systems
* Computational Models of Trust and Reputation
* Community of interest building and regulation, and behavioral norms
* Intellectual property rights in P2P systems
* P2P architectures
* Scalable Data Structures for P2P systems
* Services in P2P systems (service definition languages, service
discovery, filtering and composition etc.)
* Knowledge Discovery and P2P Data Mining Agents
* P2P data management
* Information ecosystems and P2P systems
* Security issues in P2P networks
* Pervasive computing based on P2P architectures (ad-hoc networks,
wireless communication devices and mobile systems)
* Grid computing solutions based on agents and P2P paradigms
* Legal issues in P2P networks

The theme of the panel will be Conducting Business via P2P. P2P
computing has had some visible successes in applications such as file
sharing, but many of these applications have had a consumer or hobbyist
focus. This panel will discuss emerging "mission-critical" applications
of P2P and the challenges that P2P technologies must surmount in order
to best
support such applications. These challenges include security, trust and
reputation, representing business protocols, checking compliance,
bootstrapping systems, and performance. The panel will involve 10 minute
presentations by four panelists followed by a discussion session
involving the audience.

Important dates
Abstract:                       1st April 2004  (see submission
                                                 instructions below)
Paper submission:               6th April 2004
Acceptance notification:        1st May 2004
Workshop:                      19th July 2004
Camera ready for
Post-proceedings:              31st August 2004

Accomodation and workshop registration will be handled by the AAMAS 2004
organization along with the main conference registration.

Submission instructions
Unpublished papers should be formatted according to the LNCS/LNAI author
instructions for proceedings
and they should not be longer than 12 pages (about 5000 words including
figures, tables, references, etc.).

The abstract and paper should be submitted electronically at the
following site:

In case of problems submit abstract and paper (pdf preferred, or
postscript), according to the deadlines mentioned above, to
submission at ingce.unibo.it
by specifying in both emails:
paper's author(s), title, contact author and at most 5 keywords/topics.

Accepted papers will be distributed to the workshop participants as
workshop notes. Post-proceedings of the revised papers (namely accepted
papers presented at the workshop) will be published by Springer -
Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (LNCS).

Here are the volumes of revised and invited papers of preceding
AP2PC'2002 - LNCS volume no. 2530
AP2PC'2003 - LNCS volume no. 2872 (publication in progress)

Program Co-chairs

Karl Aberer
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Tel. +41-21-693 4679 - Fax +41-21-693 8115
E-mail: karl.aberer at epfl.ch

Sonia Bergamaschi
Dept. of Science Engineering,
University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy
via Vignolese, 905 - 41100 Modena Italy
Tel. +39 059 2056132 - Fax +39 059 2056126
E-mail: bergamaschi.sonia at unimo.it

Gianluca Moro (main contact)
Dept. of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems,
University of Bologna, Italy
Via Venezia, 52 - I-47023 Cesena (FC)
Tel. +39 0547 339237 - Fax +39 0547 339208
E-mail: gmoro at deis.unibo.it

Panel Chair
Munindar P. Singh
Dept. of Computer Science, North Carolina State University, USA
Venture I, Suite 110 / Box 7535 - Raleigh, NC 27695-7535
Tel. +1 919 515.5677 - Fax +1 919 515.7896
E-mail: mpsingh at eos.ncsu.edu

Steering Commitee
Karl Aberer, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Sonia Bergamaschi, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy
Manolis Koubarakis, Technical University of Crete
Paul Marrow, Intelligent Systems Laboratory, BTexact Technologies, UK
Gianluca Moro, University of Bologna, Cesena, Italy
Aris M. Ouksel, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Claudio Sartori, University of Bologna, Italy
Munindar P. Singh, North Carolina State University, USA

Web Master of Review System
Sam Joseph
Laboratory for Interactive Learning Technology (LILT), University of
E-mail: srjoseph at hawaii.edu

Khaled Nagi
Computer Science Dept., Alexandria University,
E-mail: khaledn at acm.org

Program committee
Karl Aberer, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Sonia Bergamaschi, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy
Jon Bing, Universitat of Oslo, Norway
M. Brian Blake, Georgetown University, USA
Rajkumar Buyya, University of Melbourne, Australia
Ooi Beng Chin, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Paolo Ciancarini, University of Bologna, Italy
Costas Courcoubetis, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
Yogesh Deshpande, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Asuman Dogac, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Boi V. Faltings, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Maria Gini, University of Minnesota, USA
Dina Q. Goldin, University of Connecticut, USA
Chihab Hanachi, University of Toulouse, France
Mark Klein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Matthias Klusch, DFKI, Saarbrucken, Germany
Yannis Labrou, Fujitsu Laboratories of America, USA
Tan Kian Lee, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University, UAE
Dejan Milojicic, Hewlett Packard Labs, USA
Alberto Montresor, University of Bologna, Italy
Luc Moreau, University of Southampton, UK
Jean-Henry Morin, University of Geneve, Switzerland
John Mylopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada
Andrea Omicini, University of Bologna, Italy
Maria Orlowska, University of Queensland, Australia
Aris. M. Ouksel, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Mike Papazoglou, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Terry R. Payne, University of Southampton, UK
Paolo Petta, Austrian Research Institute for AI, Austria,
Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College, UK
Dimitris Plexousakis, Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Greece
Martin Purvis, University of Otago, New Zealand
Omer F. Rana, Cardiff University, UK
Katia Sycara, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Douglas S. Reeves, North Carolina State University, USA
Thomas Risse, Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany
Pierangela Samarati, University of Milan, Italy
Giovanni Sartor, CIRSFID, University of Bologna, Italy,
Christophe Silbertin-Blanc, University of Toulouse, France
Maarten van Steen, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands
Markus Stumptner, University of South Australia, Australia
Peter Triantafillou, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Anand Tripathi, University of Minnesota, USA
Vijay K. Vaishnavi, Georgia State University, USA
Francisco Valverde-Albacete, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Maurizio Vincini, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy
Fang Wang, BTexact Technologies, UK
Gerhard Weiss, Technische Universitaet, Germany
Bin Yu, North Carolina State University, USA
Franco Zambonelli, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy

Research Associate - University of Bologna (Italy)
Ph. D. in Computer Science Engineering
Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informatica e Sistemistica
Via Venezia, 52
I-47023 Cesena (FC)
Tel. +39 0547 339 237
Fax. +39 0547 339 208
e-mail: gmoro at deis.unibo.it


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