Full paper deadline: 30th June 2001
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
Tel. (+44)(0)1382 348083
Fax. (+44)(0)1382 345509
Dr T J Norman
Department of Computing Science
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3UE
Tel. (+44)(0)1224 272284
Fax. (+44)(0)1224 273422
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