FINAL CFP: Argumentation in Inter-Agent Communication

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    Research note deadline: 31st August 2001

                                  CALL FOR PAPERS FOR A
                                    SPECIAL ISSUE OF
                   JOURNAL OF AUTONOMOUS AGENTS AND MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS

                       ARGUMENTATION IN INTER-AGENT COMMUNICATION

                                  Special Issue Editors
                                  C A Reed & T J Norman

    Abstract

    Argumentation theory provides a rich source of inspiration for those working
    on the design of various components of agent interaction, communication, and
    coordination. Amongst those topics in argumentation that have already proved
    their worth in multi-agent systems are logics of dialogue, Hamblin-style
    semantics, dialogue types, their structure and embedding, and the notion of
    propositional commitment. This interdisciplinary research has led to
    computational systems with greater expressive power, flexibility, robustness,
    and concrete savings in computational cost. In the past year or so, the
    development of multi-agent systems drawing on argumentation theoretic concepts
    has actively involved members of the argumentation community, and
    collaboration between the two fields is starting to yield further substantial
    results.

    This special issue represents a forum for the best of this collaborative and
    interdisciplinary work, and solicits contributions to be drawn together into
    a key reference work which, supported by an extensive annotated bibliography
    and overview, will form a key reference work.

    Submissions

    Two types of submission are invited:

    Full Papers: Describing substantial, original work of outstanding quality.

    Research Notes: Describing, in under 2,000 words, work in progress
    representing research at the cutting edge. This submission category is
    provided to ensure that the special issue will accurately capture the state
    of the art. The review process for research notes, however, will be very
    stringent to guarantee that the final publication is of the highest quality.

    Submissions of both types should adhere to the usual requirements of the
    journal, available at www.wkap.nl/journalhome.htm/1387-2532, and should fall
    into the issue's areas of interest listed below.

    Areas of Interest

    The remit of the special issue is argumentation in inter-agent communication,
    which encompasses:

    o Agent Communication Languages (ACLs) with syntax and semantics drawing on
      argumentation theory and informal logic, including, for example, commitment-
      based approaches to ACLs.

    o Formal accounts of specific dialogue types and their interaction.

    o Implemented multi-agent systems employing argumentation in their
      communication language, and empirical results of such systems.

    o The role of argumentation and dialectics in ACL standardization.

    The editors also encourage submission of work focusing upon theoretical
    aspects of argumentation and informal logic, as applicable in multi-agent
    systems.

    Deadlines

    o For Full Papers, the deadline for submissions is
      30 June, 2001

    o For Research Notes, the deadline for submissions is
      31 August, 2001

    Submissions and enquiries should be directed to one of the guest editors:

    Dr C A Reed
    Department of Applied Computing
    University of Dundee
    Dundee DD1 4HN
    Scotland
    Tel. (+44)(0)1382 348083
    Fax. (+44)(0)1382 345509
    email chris@computing.dundee.ac.uk
    www.computing.dundee.ac.uk/staff/creed/

    Dr T J Norman
    Department of Computing Science
    University of Aberdeen
    Aberdeen AB24 3UE
    Scotland
    Tel. (+44)(0)1224 272284
    Fax. (+44)(0)1224 273422
    email tnorman@csd.abdn.ac.uk
    www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~tnorman/

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