[Bioforum] ProMAS CFP

Michael Winikoff via bioforum%40net.bio.net (by winikoff At cs.rmit.edu.au)
Tue Jan 23 17:54:52 EST 2007


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CALL FOR PAPERS:   ProMAS'07		  

Fifth International Workshop on Programming Multi-Agent Systems (ProMAS'07)

<http://www.cs.uu.nl/ProMAS/>

ProMAS'07 is a satellite workshop at AAMAS 2007
Hawaii, USA, 14-18 May 2007
<http://www.aamas2007.org/>


Even though the contributions of the multi-agent systems (MAS)
community can make a significant impact in the development of open
distributed systems, the techniques resulting from such contributions
will only be widely adopted when suitable programming languages and
development tools are available. Furthermore, such languages and tools
must incorporate those techniques in a principled but practical way, so
as to support the ever more complex task of professional programmers,
in particular when the systems have to operate in dynamic environments.

The ProMAS workshop series aims to address the theoretical and
practical programming issues related to developing and deploying
multi-agent systems. In particular, ProMAS aims to address how
multi-agent systems designs or specifications can be effectively
implemented. In its previous editions, ProMAS constituted an invaluable
occasion bringing together leading researchers from both academia and
industry to discuss issues on the design of programming languages and
tools for multi-agent systems. In particular, the workshop promotes the
discussion and exchange of ideas concerning the techniques, concepts,
requirements, and principles that are important for multi-agent
programming technology.

We encourage the submission of proposals for programming languages and
development tools that provide specific programming constructs to facilitate
the implementation of the essential concepts used in multi-agent system
analysis and specifications (e.g., mental attitudes, distribution, and
social interaction). We also welcome submissions describing significant
multi-agent applications, as well as agent programming tools that allow
the integration of agents with legacy systems. Further, we are particularly
interested in approaches or applications that show clearly the added-value
of multi-agent programming, and explain why and how this technology should
be adopted by designers and programmers both in academia and industry.


Specific topics for this workshop include, but are not limited to:

- Programming Languages for multi-agent systems
- Extensions of traditional languages for multi-agent programming
- Theoretical and practical aspects of multi-agent programming
- Computational complexity of MAS
- Semantics for multi-agent programming languages
- High-level executable multi-agent specification languages
- Algorithms, techniques, or protocols for multi-agent issues
  (e.g., coordination, cooperation, negotiation)
- Agent communication issues in multi-agent programming
- Implementation of social and organisational aspects of MAS
- Formal methods for specification and verification of MAS
- Verification tools for implementations of MAS
- Test and debugging tools and techniques
- Agent development tools and platforms
- Generic tools and infrastructures for multi-agent programming
- Interoperability and standards for MAS
- Programming mobile agents
- Safety and security for mobile MAS deployment
- Fault tolerance and load balancing for mobile MAS
- Application areas for multi-agent programming languages
- Applications using legacy systems
- Programming MAS for Grid-based applications
- Programming MAS for the Semantic Web
- Deployed (industrial-strength) MAS
- Benchmarks and testbeds for comparing MAS languages and tools


Important Dates:
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Paper submission deadline:               5  February,    2007
Notifications of acceptance/rejection:   5  March,       2007
Camera-ready copies due:                 19 March,       2007
Workshop Date:                           14th/15th May,  2007 (TBA)


Submission Details:
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Authors can submit their papers via a conference management system,
available at the following address:

http://confs.deis-ce.unibo.it/ProMAS07

First, you will be asked to register into the system, then you will
get a user id and a password that you can use to submit your paper.
Papers should be formatted using Springer LNCS style
(http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html) and have a maximum
of 15 pages.

Accepted papers will be published as a technical report and distributed
among participants during the workshop. As was the case for previous
editions of the ProMAS workshop, we are planning to publish extended
versions of selected papers as a volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer
Science series by Springer-Verlag.


Organising Committee:
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- Mehdi Dastani (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  http://www.cs.uu.nl/~mehdi
- Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni (University of Paris VI, France)
  http://www-poleia.lip6.fr/~elfallah/
- Alessandro Ricci (DEIS, Universita' di Bologna, Italy)
  http://lia.deis.unibo.it/~ari
- Michael Winikoff (RMIT University, Australia)
  http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/~winikoff

Steering Committee:
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- Rafael Bordini (University of Durham, UK)
- Juergen Dix (Clausthal University of Technology, Germany)



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