Final CFP:Comparing Reactive & Intentional Agents

Bohdan Durnota bdurnota at
Fri Mar 1 01:19:23 EST 1996

Workshop Comparing Reactive (ALife-ish) and Intentional Agents

	Part of the Third Australian Complex Systems Conference

	Call For Papers and Expressions of Interest

	Thursday 19th July, 1996, Albury, Australia

	Hosted By Charles Sturt University


This workshop aims at exploring commonalities and differences in opposing
conceptions of an *agent*. On the one hand, areas such as
complex adaptive systems, artificial life and evolutionary computation
often conceive of agents as relatively simple, but adaptive reactive entities
in which emergent phenomena arise through interactions between these agents
and with their environment.
On the other hand, a more classical artificial intelligence approach to agents
emphasises an engineered construction of intelligent/software agents, using
the machinery of planning, machine learning, and so forth.
The aim of this workshop will be to contrast the various conceptions of
agenthood, including what applications the contrasting conceptions are
best suited for.

The workshop will be a combination of some formal presentation of papers,
together with informal discussions, presentations of position papers
and cv's, and posters.

Chris Langton from the Santa Fe Institute will be attending
the workshop. Chris is well-known for his work on artificial life and his
current role in developing the *Swarm* software system to assist in
the exploration of complex adaptive systems.

Together with the Third Australian Complex Systems Conference,
it is intended to run a hands-on workshop introducing the Echo and Swarm aLife 
simulation systems, as well as provide an introduction to complex adaptive systems.

We hope the workshop will:
1. establish links amongst researchers in these areas in Australasia with those 
	overseas; and
2. encourage researchers to explore the links between artificial life and complex 
	adaptive systems with those of software/intelligent agents and classical 
	areas of artificial intelligence.

We invite the submission of papers, position papers and cv's on the theme
of the workshop, including both theoretical and practical papers.
We encourage papers from postgraduate students working in these areas.

The workshop is timed to follow the Third Australian Complex Systems Conference
being held in Albury, Australia, on 14-18 July.


The program committee for the workshop is the same as that for the Complex 
Systems Conference.


This workshop will be a full-day workshop on 19th July, with a
tutorial workshop on Echo and Swarm probably held in the evening of 18 July. 
The workshop will be held in Albury, Australia. 
We intend to keep the number of participants to around 20-30 to give scope for 
all attendees to actively participate in the workshop.


An indication of the approximate cost of the workshop is:

	$100 (Australian) for attendees of the Complex Systems Conference;
	 $50 (Australian) for student attendees of the Complex Systems
	$200 (Australian) for non-attendees to the Complex Systems Conference;
	$100 (Australian) for student non-attendees to the Complex Systems


We intend to alternate formal and informal presentation of papers and positions 
with informal discussion sessions on a number of topics. Presentations will be 
limited to around 15 minutes.


Submission of Full Papers

Follow the instructions as for the Complex Systems Conference.

Submission of Extended Abstracts, Position Papers, Poster Abstracts and CVs

These should be no more than three A4 pages, printed single spaced in 12 point 
font on A4 paper. The first page should include the paper title, author(s) name(s), 
complete addresses including email address and fax number. Also indicate the type 
of submission (extended abstract, ...).


Only electronic submission of the paper will be
accepted. Electronic submission of papers must be in TeX or LaTeX
format, whilst position papers and cv's can be in plain text. All submissions must 
be written in English. A full paper will be refereed in the same manner as papers 
submitted to the Complex Systems Conference.

If possible, please submit ahead of the submission date so that we can be sure that 
the file is printable:  if we cannot print your file by the submission date it may
be rejected without review.

Abstracts and expressions of interest can be submitted via the form
present in the Complex Systems Conference page.

Papers should be submited by sending email to:

	bdurnota at


All accepted papers and abstracts will appear in the proceedings of the
Complex Systems Conference.  Subsequently, a printed summary of the 
informal discussions will be distributed to participants.


For information on accommodation and airline arrangements, look at the information 
for the Conference on Complex Systems.


All queries on this workshop should be directed to:

	bdurnota at


15 March 1996		Deadline for Submiting Papers, Abstracts, Position 
				Papers and CVs
17 March 1996		Notification of Receipt
29 March 1996		Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
12 April 1996		Deadline for camera-ready version of papers and 
19 July  1996		Workshop

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