[Modeling] 2nd CFP: AT2AI-4 "From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation"

paolo petta paolo@mail4.ai.univie.ac.at
Fri, 24 Oct 2003 12:48:01 +0200

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*** Call For Papers *** Call For Papers *** Call For Papers ***


                    Fourth International Symposium
             "From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation"

	  <URL: http://www.oefai.at/~paolo/conf/at2ai4/>

                             held at the
      17th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research
                             (EMCSR 2004)

                April 13 - 16, 2004, Vienna, Austria, EU


             Paper submission deadline: November 14, 2003


Since its first edition in 1998, the symposium series "From Agent
Theory to Agent Implementation" has been not only documenting the
progress in agent-related technologies, but also managed to contribute
to the rapid development of this area. AT2AI actively promotes the
exchange of ideas and experiences between researchers and
practitioners working on the whole range of theoretical and
application-oriented issues of agent technology, covering both the
micro and macro aspects of agent design and the transition from
drawing boards and partly idealised models, over modeling tools and
frameworks, to deployment, configuration and maintenance of

AT2AI-3 (http://www.oefai.at/~paolo/conf/at2ai3/) produced a first
blueprint of a layered ecology of technologies for the development of
agent based applications (cf. Applied Artificial Intelligence
16(9-10), 2003,

This perspective considers middleware, tools, off-the shelf platforms,
integrated development environments (IDEs), and the like, with respect
to their practical value to improve the applications delivered. The
qualities of these support technologies can in turn be improved and
better exploited with the design of architectural frameworks and the
deployment of standards. The evolution of these in turn can be
assisted by the development of sound theoretical foundations and
related formal methods.

Methodologies are considered as working know-that and know-how,
capturing and maintaining the best practices how to identify, align,
and process application- and environment-derived (bottom-up) and
support technology related (top-down) requirements and options.

   m ---------------------------------------------------+
     e                                                  |
   |   t                 theoretical foundations        |
   |     h                                              |
   |       o -----------------------------------------+ |
   |         d                                        | |
   |       |   o               standards              | |
   |       |     l                                    | |
   |       |       o -------------------------------+ | |
   |       |         g                              | | |
   |       |       |   i       middleware           | | |
   |       |       |     e                          | | |
   |       |       |       s ---------------+       | | |
   |       |       |                        |       | | |
   |       |       |  IDEs |  APPLICATIONS  | tools | | |
   |       |       |       |                |       | | |
   |       |       |       +----------------+       | | |
   |       |       |    off-the-shelf platforms     | | |
   |       |       +--------------------------------+ | |
   |       |                   architectures          | |
   |       +------------------------------------------+ |
   |                        formal methods              |

Of particular relevance to the symposium is work that reports insights
gathered and lessons learnt when applying specific agent theories or
architectures to application problems, and that discusses methods,
methodologies, and other tools, that can help system designers to
successfully accomplish the mapping between available agent technology
on the one hand, and application problems on the other.

Topics of interest therefore include:

     Conceptual and theoretical foundations
     Agent languages and architectures
     Learning and adaptability
     Communication, coordination and collaboration
     Social issues in agent societies
     Safety, security, and responsibility
     Granularities of system design (single-agent, multi-agent, ant ...)
     Agents vs. Middleware
     Development and engineering methodologies
     User interfaces and usability
     Testbeds and evaluations
     Applications of agent technology in routine use

Submissions should cast the presentation in terms of the above schema
(or proposed well-founded changes to it). As previous editions of the
AT2AI-4 have shown, this is a significant aid for the workshop
audience to grasp the significance of the work presented and relate it
to their own activities: the quality and variety of feedback provided to
authors grows accordingly, often leading to fruitful contacts of
longer duration.


Symposium Chairs:

Jörg P. Müller (<URL:mailto:joerg.p.mueller@siemens.com>)
  Paolo Petta  (<URL:mailto:paolo@oefai.at>)

Programme Committee:

Ardissono, Liliana         Lee, Lyndon C.           
Bauer, Bernhard		   Marik, Vladimir          
Bazzan, Ana Lucia	   Oliveira, Eugenio        
Calisti, Monique	   Omicini, Andrea          
Coelho, Helder		   Oprea, Mihaela           
Dickinson, Ian J.	   Ossowski, Sascha         
Dignum, Frank		   Parunak, H. Van Dyke     
Fischer, Klaus		   Poggi, Agostino          
Flake, Stephan		   Rana, Omer               
Gadomski, Adam-Maria	   Rimassa, Giovanni        
Gandon, Fabien		   Rocha, Ana Paula         
Hanachi, Chihab		   Schroeder, Michael       
Hoek, Wiebe van der	   Tolksdorf, Robert        
Jonker, Catholijn M.	   Wagner, Gerd             
Kirn, Stefan		   Wagner, Tom              
Klusch, Matthias	   Wooldridge, Michael J.   
Koch, Christoph		   Zambonelli, Franco       


Draft Final Papers must not exceed 10 single-spaced A4 pages (maximum
43 lines, max. line length 160 mm, 12 point), in English. They have to
contain the final text to be submitted, including graphs and
pictures. However, these need not be of reproducible quality.  They
must carry the title, author(s) name(s), and affiliation (incl. e-mail
address) in this order, and must include an abstract.

Please refer to the symposium web-page for details on the electronic
paper submission process: http://www.oefai.at/~paolo/conf/at2ai4/

Accepted Papers:

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by December 19, 2003; the
list will also be published on the AT2AI-4 web site. After the event,
a second round of more extensive reviews is planned which is to lead
to the publication of extended versions of selected contributions in
an edited collection.

Important dates:

     Paper submission deadline:         November 14, 2003
     Notification of acceptance:        December 19, 2003
     Camera-ready copies due:           January  30, 2004


* Please consult the symposium web page for latest updates
* For information about paper formatting, registration, and
  accommodation, see the main EMCSR 2004 Web site