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AISB event Bulletin Item

AAMAS-09 Call for Workshop Proposals

AAMAS 2009 Workshops
		Call for Proposals

The AAMAS-2009 Organizing Committee invites proposals for the Workshop
Program to be held immediately prior to the main technical program of
the AAMAS conference. The main goal of the AAMAS-2009 workshops is to
stimulate and facilitate active exchange, interaction, and comparison
of approaches, methods, and ideas related to specific topics, both
theoretical and applied, in the general area of Autonomous Agents and
Multi-Agent Systems. The workshops will provide an informal setting
where participants will have the opportunity to discuss specific
technical topics in an atmosphere that fosters the active exchange of

Members from all areas of the AAMAS community are invited to submit
workshop proposals for review. Workshops on new and emerging topics,
or on applications, are particularly encouraged. Workshops can vary in
length from half-day to two full days, but most will be one full day
in duration.

Important Dates for Workshop Proposals
 November 1,  2008	     Proposal Submission Deadline
 December 1,  2008	     Acceptance Notification
 December 15, 2008	     Deadline for posting Workshops Call for Papers
 December 15, 2008	     AAMAS-08 Workshops Program Announced

 May 11-12,   2009	     AAMAS-2009 WORKSHOPS

AAMAS-09 Workshops Requirements for Submission
Proposals for workshops should contain the following information:

 o A technical description of the workshop, specifying the workshop
   goals, the technical issues that it will address, and the
   relevance of the workshop to the main conference. This description
   should include a discussion of why and to whom the workshop is of

 o A list of related workshops (or previous incarnations of the
   proposed workshop) held within the last three years, if any, and
   their relation to the proposed workshop. If known, organizers'
   names and affiliations, number of submissions, acceptances and
   registered attendees, and follow-up publications should be noted.

 o A preliminary workshop agenda, planned duration, and a proposed
   schedule for organizing the workshop. This should include a brief
   description of how the organizers intend to encourage an
   atmosphere appropriate for a workshop, description of paper review
   process, and publicity plans (distribution lists, web sites,
   journals, etc.).

 o If available, a list of tentatively confirmed attendees.

 o The names, affiliations, and contact details postal addresses,
   phone numbers, and email addresses of the proposed workshop
   organizing and/or program committees, and the chair(s). The
   committee should consist of at least three or four people, from
   different institutions, knowledgeable about the technical issues
   to be addressed.

 o A description of the qualifications of the chair(s) (and
   organizing committee, if available) with respect to organizing an
   AAMAS workshop, including a list of workshops previously arranged
   by any members of the proposed organizing committee, if any.

Proposers are encouraged to send their draft proposal to potential
participants for comments before submission. All proposals should be
submitted by the deadline (November 1, 2008), via electronic mail, to
the AAMAS-09 Workshop Chair:

		Gal A. Kaminka (

Plain ASCII is **strongly** preferred.

Prospective organizers will be notified of the committee's decision no
later than: December 1, 2008.

The selection of the workshops to be included in the final AAMAS
program will be based upon multiple factors, including: the
scientific/technical interest of the topics, the quality of the
proposal, balance and distinctness of workshop topics, and the
capacity of the conference workshop program.

Note that authors of proposals addressing similar and/or overlapping
content areas and/or audiences may be requested to merge their
proposals as a condition for acceptance.

Responsibilities of AAMAS and workshop organizers
For all accepted proposals, AAMAS will be responsible for:
o Providing publicity for the workshop series as a whole.
o Providing logistic support and a meeting place for the workshop.
o Together with the organizers, determining the workshop date and time.
o Duplicating working notes and distributing them to the participants.
o A total of one (1) free workshop registration (up to organizers to
  decide who gets it).

Workshop organizers will be responsible for the following:
o Setting up a web site for the workshop.
o Advertising the workshop and issuing a call for papers (by December
 15, 2008) and later, a call for participation.
o Collecting and evaluating submissions, notifying authors of
 acceptance or rejection on a timely basis, and ensuring a
 transparent and fair selection process.
o Making the PDF of the whole workshop notes available to the workshop
 chair by the printing deadline (expected MARCH 15, 2009), as well as
 a list of audio-visual requirements and any special room
o Ensuring that the workshop organizers and the participants register
 for the workshop and are invited to register to the main conference
 (at least one author must register for the workshop in order for a
 paper to appear in the workshop proceedings).

AAMAS reserves the right to cancel any workshop if the above
responsibilities are not fulfilled, or if too few attendees register
for the workshop to support its running costs. To cover costs, it will
be necessary to charge workshop participants a workshop fee.

Please send proposals and inquiries to:

Gal A. Kaminka  (
Computer Science Department
Bar Ilan University, Israel