From: Michael Wooldridge (mikew@patsy.doc.aca.mmu.ac.uk)
Date: Sun Mar 31 1996 - 09:00:13 MET DST

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                           CALL FOR PAPERS

                 The Third International Workshop on


    To be held at ECAI-96, Budapest, Hungary, August 12--13, 1996



The emergence of intelligent agent technology is one of the most
exciting and important events to occur in computer science during the
1990s. It is now widely accepted that this technology will play a
central role in the development of complex distributed systems,
networked information systems, and computer interfaces during the
twenty-first century. The aim of this workshop is to bring together
researchers interested in the agent-level, micro aspects of this
emerging technology. Specifically, the workshop will address such
issues as the specification of agents via agent theories, agent
architectures and decision-making, methodologies and languages for
realising agents, and software tools for programming and experimenting
with agents. In particular, the workshop will focus on the link
between agent theories and the realisation of such theories using
software architectures or languages. Issues such as agent
communication languages also fall within the scope of the workshop.
However, the submission of papers that address macro-level aspects of
agent technology, (such as cooperative problem solving or cooperation
protocols), is not encouraged. Such papers address mainstream
multi-agent systems issues, and there are more appropriate forums for
such work. The same holds true for papers that describe applications
of agent-based technologies without clearly describing the underlying
theory, architecture, or language.

ATAL-96 will build on the success of two previous ATAL workshops. The
first, ATAL-94, was held at the ECAI-94 conference; the second,
ATAL-95, was held at IJCAI-95. The proceedings of both of these
workshops have been formally published by Springer-Verlag, under the
title `Intelligent Agents' (Volumes 1 and 2); the ATAL-94 proceedings
were the best-selling LNAI volume of 1995. The proceedings of the
1996 workshop will be published in a similar way, soon after the
workshop is held.

As the title suggests, the workshop has three main themes:

o Agent theories: How do the various components of an agent's
     cognitive makeup conspire to produce rational behaviour? What is
     the relationship between these components? What formalisms are
     appropriate for expressing aspects of agent theory? Do we need
     logic-based formalisms? If not, is another type of mathematical
     framework appropriate? How are we to model bounded rationality?
     What properties are desirable for an agent communication

o Agent architectures: What structure should an agent have? Is
     reactive behaviour enough, or do we need deliberation as well?
     How can we integrate reactive and deliberative components
     cleanly? What is the relationship between an agent theory and
     architecture? How can we synthesise an agent from an agent
     specification? How are we to reason about reactive systems?

o Agent languages: What are the right primitives for programming an
     intelligent agent? How are these primitives related to the
     theory of an agent, or its architecture?

Papers that cross theme boundaries are of particular interest.
Examples might include a paper that demonstrated how a particular
architecture or language embodied some theory of agency, or a paper
that gave the semantics for an implemented agent communication

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are by no means restricted to, the

 Agent Theories Agent Architectures

 intentions deliberative architectures
 time, desires, beliefs, and goals reactive architectures
 decision theory and agency hybrid architectures
 believable agents BDI architectures
 specification/verification of agents agent-based design methodologies
 executing logical agent specifications software agents
 models for reactive agents
 semantics of agent communication Agent Languages
 know-how, procedural knowledge, ability
 practical reasoning and rational choice the agent-oriented paradigm
 models for agent decision-making agent communication languages
 rationality & bounded rationality agent specification languages
 deliberation scheduling agent-based computing
Submission Details

Those wishing to participate in the workshop should submit an original
paper of up to five thousand words (approximately thirteen pages
maximum), to reach the organising committee chair no later than April
5, 1996. Electronic submission of papers in PostScript format is
strongly encouraged. Alternatively, send *four* single-sided hard
copies to reach the chair by April 5, 1996. The first page should
include the full name and contact details (including email, full
postal address, and telephone number if possible) of at least one
author; detailed formatting instructions, (including a LaTeX style
package), are available either from the workshop WWW site (see below)
or on request from the organisers. Notification of acceptance or
rejection will be sent no later than May 24, 1996, and will be
delivered by email where possible. Pre-proceedings will be
distributed at the workshop. As with ATAL-94 and ATAL-95, proceedings
will be formally published soon after the workshop is held.

Those wishing to attend without presenting a paper should send a brief
summary of their reasons for interest in the workshop to the
organising committee chair. Note that attendance will, of necessity,
be limited.


Organising Committee

Joerg P. Mueller (CHAIR) Email jpm@dfki.uni-sb.de
 DFKI GmbH Tel (+49 681) 302 5331
 Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3 Fax (+49 681) 302 5341
 D-66123 Saarbruecken, Germany

Michael Wooldridge Email M.Wooldridge@doc.mmu.ac.uk
 Department of Computing Tel (+44 161) 247 1531
 Manchester Metropolitan University Fax (+44 161) 247 1483
 Manchester M1 5GD, U.K.

Nicholas Jennings Email N.R.Jennings@qmw.ac.uk
 Department of Electronic Engineering Tel (+44 171) 975 5349
 Queen Mary & Westfield College Fax (+44 181) 981 0259
 Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, U.K.

Program Committee

 Christiano Castelfranchi (Italy)
 Keith Clark (UK)
 Paul Cohen (USA)
 Phil Cohen (USA)
 Ed Durfee (USA)
 Tim Finin (USA)
 Klaus Fischer (D)
 Michael Fisher (UK)
 John Fox (UK)
 Fausto Giunchiglia (Italy)
 Piotr Gmytrasiewicz (USA)
 Hans Haugeneder (D)
 Sarit Kraus (Israel)
 John Jules Ch. Meyer (NL)
 Anand Rao (Australia)
 Jeff Rosenschein (Israel)
 Yoav Shoham (USA)
 Munindar Singh (USA)
 Aaron Sloman (UK)
 Donald Steiner (D)
 Kurt Sundermeyer (D)
 Milind Tambe (USA)
 Jan Treur (NL)
 Gerd Wagner (D)

Further Details

Either point your browser at:


or contact any member of the organising committee.

Michael Wooldridge                 | email M.Wooldridge@doc.mmu.ac.uk
Department of Computing            | http://www.doc.mmu.ac.uk/STAFF/mikew.html
Manchester Metropolitan University | tel  (+44 161) 247 1531 
Chester St., Manchester M1 5GD, UK | fax  (+44 161) 247 1483

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