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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies (DALT 2009)

                   7th International Workshop on
     Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies (DALT 2009)

                            11 or 12 May 2009

                 	     Budapest, Hungary
               (held in conjunction with AAMAS 2009)



The  workshop  on  Declarative  Agent  Languages and Technologies
(DALT), in its seventh edition this year, is  a  well-established
forum  for researchers interested in sharing their experiences in
combining declarative and formal approaches with engineering  and
technology  aspects  of  agents  and multiagent systems. Building
complex agent systems calls for models and technologies that  en-
sure  predictability,  allow  for the verification of properties,
and guarantee flexibility.  Developing technologies that can sat-
isfy  these  requirements  still poses an important and difficult
challenge. Here, declarative approaches have the potential of of-
fering solutions satisfying the needs for both specifying and de-
veloping multiagent systems.  Moreover, they are gaining more and
more  attention in important application areas such as the seman-
tic web, service-oriented  computing,  security,  and  electronic
contracting.  For  instance,  some convergence points between the
areas of formal methods for dealing with web services and  formal
methods  for agents are emerging and gaining more and more atten-

DALT 2009 will be held as a satellite workshop of AAMAS 2009, the
8th  International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Mul-
tiagent Systems, in May 2009 in Budapest, Hungary. Following  the
success of six previous editions, DALT will again aim at provid-
ing a discussion forum  to  both  (i)  support  the  transfer  of
declarative  paradigms and techniques to the broader community of
agent researchers and practitioners, and (ii) to bring the  issue
of  designing  complex  agent  systems  to  the  attention of re-
searchers working on declarative languages and technologies.


DALT topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

General themes:
* specification of agents and multiagent systems
* declarative approaches to engineering agent systems

Formal techniques:
* (constraint) logic programming approaches to agent systems
* distributed constraint satisfaction
* modal and epistemic logics for agent modelling
* verification of agents and multiagent systems
* formal semantics for agent programming languages and frameworks

Declarative models:
* declarative models of agent beliefs, goals and capabilities
* declarative models of bounded rationality
* declarative paradigms for the combination of heterogeneous
* declarative approaches to organizations and electronic
* agent-inspired declarative approaches to web services or
 service-oriented architectures

Applications of declarative techniques to:
* agents and the semantic web
* service-oriented multiagent systems
* agent communication and coordination languages
* protocol specification and conformance checking
* description of contracts and negotiation policies
* security and trust in multiagent systems

Evaluation of declarative approaches:
* experimental analysis of declarative agent technologies
* industrial experiences with declarative agent technologies


We welcome and encourage the submission of high-quality, original
papers,  which  are  not  being   submitted   simultaneously  for
publication  elsewhere.  Papers  should  be  written in  English,
formatted according to the Springer LNCS style, and not exceed 16
pages. Paper submission is electronic via the conference website.


Printed  copies  of  the  proceedings  will  be  available at the
workshop.  Assuming   a   sufficient   number  of   high-quality
submissions,  we are  again  going to consider the publication of
formal  post-proceedings  with  an  international  publisher. The
post-proceedings of DALT 2003 (LNAI 2990), DALT 2004 (LNAI 3476),
DALT  2005 (LNAI 3904),  DALT 2006  (LNAI 4327),  DALT 2007 (LNAI
4897), and  DALT  2008 (LNAI 5397) have been or will be published
by  Springer-Verlag  in  the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelli-
gence series.

IMPORTANT DATES (tentative!)

Submission Deadline: 			25 January 2009
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 	25 February 2009
Camera Ready Due: 			5 March 2009
Workshop: 				11 or 12 May 2009

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (to be completed)

Thomas Agotnes (Bergen University College, Norway)
Marco Alberti (University of Ferrara, Italy)
Natasha Alechina (University of Nottingham, UK)
Cristina Baroglio (University of Torino, Italy)
Rafael Bordini (University of Durham, UK)
Jan Broersen (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Federico Chesani (University of Bologna, Italy)
Amit Chopra (North Carolina State University, USA)
Keith Clark (Imperial College London, UK)
James Harland (RMIT University, Australia)
Andreas Herzig (Paul Sabatier University, France)
Shinichi Honiden (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Yves Lesperance (York University, Canada)
Alessio Lomuscio (Imperial College  London, UK)
Viviana Mascardi (University of Genova, Italy)
Nicolas Maudet (University of Paris-Dauphine, France)
John-Jules Meyer (University of Utrecht, NL)
Peter Novak (Clausthal University of Technology, Germany)
Enrico Pontelli (New Mexico State University, USA)
Chiaki Sakama (Wakayama University, Japan)
Guillermo Simari (Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina)
Tran Cao Son (New Mexico State University, USA)
Eugenia Ternovska (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Wamberto Vasconcelos (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Marina De Vos (University of Bath, UK)
Michael Winikoff (RMIT University, Australia)


Matteo Baldoni (University of Torino, Italy)
Jamal Bentahar (Concordia University, Canada)
John Lloyd (Australian National University, Australia)
M. Birna van Riemsdijk (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)


Matteo Baldoni (University of Torino, Italy)
Andrea Omicini (University of Bologna-Cesena, Italy)
M. Birna van Riemsdijk (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Tran Cao Son (New Mexico State University, USA)
Paolo Torroni (University of Bologna, Italy)
Pinar Yolum (Bogazici University, Turkey)
Michael Winikoff (University of Otago, New Zealand)