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AISB event Bulletin Item

CF Participation: Workshop on Logics for Agents and Mobility (LAM'09)

Workshop on Logics for Agents and Mobility (LAM'09)
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), 1114 August
2009, Los Angeles, California, USA

         Invited Speakers:
          Dale Miller (INRIA),
          Frdric Peschanski (Paris 6),
          Frank Pfenning (Carnegie Mellon)

The aim of this 2nd workshop on Logics, Agents, and Mobility 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.

The main topics of interest are
- 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 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.

Invited Speakers:

Dale Miller (INRIA, France)
Frdric Peschanski (Paris 6, France)
Frank Pfenning (Carnegie Mellon, USA)

Programme 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
Didier Galmiche, Nancy, France
Paul Harrenstein, Mnchen, Germany
James Harland, Melbourne, Australia
Andreas Herzig, Toulouse, France
Wojtek Jamroga, Clausthal,Germany
Michael Khler-Bumeier, Hamburg, Germany
Joo Leite, Lisbon, Portugal
Alessio Lomuscio, London, UK
Dale Miller, INRIA, France
Frdric Peschanski, Paris, France
Vladimiro Sassone, Southampton, UK
Mark-Oliver Stehr, Menlo Park, USA
Wamberto Vasconcelos, Aberdeen, UK

Further Information:

About the workshop:
Registration is via the LICS web site: