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AISB event Bulletin Item

2nd CfP: LAM09 Workshop on Logics for Agents and Mobility

nd Call for Papers

Workshop on Logics for Agents and Mobility (LAM'09)
9-10 August 2008, Los Angeles, California, USA

organised as satellite workshop at the Twenty-Fourth Annual IEEE Symposium on
LOGIC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (LICS 2009), 11?14 August 2009, Los Angeles, California, USA

* Post-Proceeding will be published as a special issue of Fundamenta Informaticae
* Invited Speakers: Frederick Peschanski (Paris 6), Frank Pfenning (Carnegie Mellon)

Workshop Organizer:
Berndt Farwer (

Workshop Purpose:
Our aim is to bring together active researchers in the area of logics and mobile systems, especially in the field of logics and calculi for mobility, agents, and multi-agent systems. Many notions used in the theory of agents are derived from philosophy, logic, and linguistics (belief, desire, intention, speech act, etc.), and interdisciplinary discourse has proved fruitful for the advance of this domain. Outside of academia, the deployment of large-scale pervasive infrastructures (mobile ad-hoc networks, mobile devices, RFIDs, etc.) is becoming a reality. This raises a number of scientific and technological challenges for the software modelling and programming models for such large-scale, open and highly-dynamic distributed systems. The agent and multi-agent systems approach seems particularly adapted to tackle this challenge, but there are many issues remaining to be investigated. For instance, the agents must be location-aware since the actual services available to them may depend on their (physical or virtual) location. The quality and quantity of resources at their disposal is also largely fluctuant, and the agents must be able to adapt to such highly dynamic environments. Moreover, mobility itself raises a large number of difficult issues related to safety and security, which require the ability to reason about the software (e.g. for analysis or verification). Logics and type systems with temporal or other kinds of modalities (relating to location, resource and/or security-awareness) play a central role in the semantic characterisation and then verification of properties about mobile agent systems. There are still many open problems and research questions in the theory of such systems. The workshop is intended to showcase results and current work being undertaken in these areas with a focus on logics for specification and verification of dynamic, mobile systems.

Scopes of Interest:

The topics of interest include but are not limited to
- logics for specification and reasoning about agents, MAS, and mobile systems in a broader sense
- treatment of location and resources in logics (e.g. Linear Logic, BI-Logic, ambient calculus, spatial logics)
- security in ad-hoc networks
- temporal/modal logics and model checking
- type systems and static analysis
- logic programming.

Format of the Workshop:

The workshop will be held as a one-and-a-half-day event before LICS. There will be a general introduction and brief survey of the field by the organiser as an introduction to the workshop.

The workshop will contain invited talks, contributed talks, and a discussion session. The latter is meant to give the participants a chance to discuss informally research directions, open problems, and possible co-operations.

Submission details:

Authors are invited to submit a full paper of original work in the areas mentioned above. The workshop chair should be informed of closely related work submitted to a conference or journal in advance of submission. One author of each accepted paper will be expected to present it at the LAM?09 workshop. Submissions should not exceed 15 pages, preferably using the LaTeX article class. The following formats are accepted: PDF, PS. Please send your submission electronically to by the deadline listed below. The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop's programme committee and additional reviewers. Accepted papers will appear in informal workshop pre-proceedings and authors will be encouraged to re-submit papers to formal proceedings to be published as a special journal issue of Fundamenta Informaticae.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 1 May 2009
Notification: 12 June 2009
Preliminary programme: 19 June 2009
Final papers for proceedings: 10 July 2009
Workshop: 9?10 August 2009

Program Committee:

Thomas Agotnes, Bergen, Norway
Matteo Baldoni, Torino, Italy
Marina De Vos, Bath, UK
Louise Dennis, Liverpool, UK
Jrgen Dix, Clausthal, Germany
Berndt Farwer (chair), Durham, UK
Michael Fisher, Liverpool, UK
Paul Harrenstein, Mnchen, Germany
Joo Leite, Lisbon, Portugal
James Harland, Melbourne, Australia
Andreas Herzig, Toulouse, France
Wojtek Jamroga, Clausthal, Germany
Michael Khler-Bumeier, Hamburg, Germany
Alessio Lomuscio, London, UK
Dale Miller, INRIA, France
Frederic Peschanski, Paris, France
Vladimiro Sassone, Southampton, UK
Mark-Oliver Stehr, Menlo Park, USA
Wamberto Vasconcelos, Aberdeen, UK

Invited Speakers:

Frederic Peschanski (Paris 6, France)
Frank Pfenning (Carnegie Mellon, USA)

Local Arrangements:

Further Information:

About the workshop:
About LICS: