IAT'99 Workshop on Agents in E-Commerce

IAT99 Conference (iat99@comp.hkbu.edu.hk)
Fri, 23 Jul 1999 12:30:28 +0200 (MET DST)

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First Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT'99)
Hong Kong, December 14-17, 1999

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| Hong Kong, December 14, 1999 |
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| http://www.comp.hkbu.edu.hk/IAT99/ |
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| Organized by |
| IBM T.J. Watson Research Center |
| Hong Kong Baptist University |
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The pervasive connectivity of the Internet and the powerful architecture
of WWW are changing many market conventions and creating a tremendous
opportunity for conducting business on Internet. Intelligent agents will
play a crucial role in electronic commerce where dynamic and heterogeneous
interactions between tens of thousands of organizations and tens of millions
of individuals are involved. So far, we have already witnessed the
involvement of e-commerce agents in traditional business settings. For
example, shopping agents are now available at Excite and Yahoo. Furthermore,
the involvements of agents in e-commerce are re-shaping the ways business is
conducted in areas such as pricing, negotiation, auction, and brokerages, to
name a few. The automation brought by e-commerce agents dramatically reduces
certain types of frictional costs and time incurred in trading.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring researchers and practitioners to
identify and explore the issues, opportunities, and solutions for e-commerce
agents. It will provide a forum for free exchange of ideas and will be
featured by invited talks and refereed paper presentations. Authors are
invited to submit regular papers, reports on work in progress, and position
papers. Topics for submission include but are not limited to:

- Architectures, environments and languages for e-commerce agents
- Action planning for e-commerce agents
- Adaptation and learning for e-commerce agents
- Human and agent interaction in e-commerce
- Interface agents in e-commerce
- The dynamic and global behavior of e-commerce agents
- Mobile e-commerce agents
- Performance measurement of e-commerce agents
- Rational information agents and electronic commerce
- Virtual agent-based marketplaces
- E-commerce agents in uncertain environment
- The personalization and privacy issues for e-commerce agents
- Real-time scheduling protocols for e-commerce agents
- Web data mining for e-commerce agents
- Integration of e-commerce agents with legacy systems
- Auction and negotiation for e-commerce agents
- Automated shopping and trading agents
- Agent-oriented middleware services
- Computational markets for e-commerce agent services
- Cryptographic techniques for e-commerce agents
- Languages for describing goods, services, and contracts for
e-commerce agents
- Payment and exchange protocols
- Visualization of e-commerce agent activities
- Social implications for agent oriented e-commerce
- Credit authentication, access control for e-commerce agents
- Conceptual modeling and design of Ontologies for e-commerce agents
- Agent-based brokering and trade-mediating services
- Virtual trading institutions
- Role of trust

Anthony Hall

Wlodek Zadrozny
Manager, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center


Chair: Yiming Ye, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Program Committee: Takeshi Furuhashi, Nagoya University, Japan
Pinar Keskinocak, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Alexandros Moukas, MIT Media Lab, USA
John Muller, IBM Santa Teresa Laboratory, USA
Eric Yu, University of Toronto, Canada


Four (4) hardcopies of the completed paper should be submitted by
October 5, 1999 to:

Dr. Yiming Ye
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
P.O. Box 704
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Each submitted paper must include a title, an abstract, the name, mailing
address, and email address of the author(s), and the main body. The length
of submitted paper should NOT exceed ten (10) single-spaced, single-column
pages including all figures, tables, and bibliography.

All manuscripts are expected to be formatted using the World Scientific's
style files for proceedings. The style files can be found at:
-- use the style files appropriate to a page size of 8.5"x6".

Submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical soundness,
relevance, originality, significance, and clarity.


All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings. A
selected subset of the workshop papers will be extended/revised and
published as a book entitled "Agents in E-Commerce" by an International


Four (4) copies of full paper due by: October 5, 1999
Notification of paper acceptance: November 1, 1999
Camera ready version of accepted papers due by: November 15, 1999
Workshop: December 14, 1999


Contact Dr. Yiming Ye at yiming@watson.ibm.com for suggestions and questions.

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