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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: DALT 2010: Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies

 8th International Workshop on
	     Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies
			     (DALT 2010)

			  10 or 11 May 2010

			   Toronto, Canada
		(held in conjunction with AAMAS 2010)



The workshop  on Declarative Agent Languages  and Technologies (DALT),
in  its eighth  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 ensure predictability,
allow for  the verification of properties,  and guarantee flexibility.
Developing  technologies  that can  satisfy  these requirements  still
poses  an  important   and  difficult  challenge.   Here,  declarative
approaches  have the  potential of  offering solutions  satisfying the
needs   for  both  specifying   and  developing   multiagent  systems.
Moreover,  they  are gaining  more  and  more  attention in  important
application   areas  such  as   the  semantic   web,  service-oriented
computing, security,  and electronic contracting.

DALT 2010 will be held as  a satellite workshop of AAMAS 2010, the 9th
International  Joint Conference  on Autonomous  Agents  and Multiagent
Systems,  in May  2010 in  Toronto, Canada.  Following the  success of
seven previous editions, DALT will again aim at providing 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  researchers  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
* game theory and mechanism design for multi-agent systems
* semantics of agent communication
* model checking agents and multi-agent systems

Declarative models:
* declarative models of agent beliefs, goals and capabilities
* declarative models of bounded rationality
* declarative approaches for agent-based grid computing
* declarative paradigms for the combination of heterogeneous agents
* declarative approaches to organizations and electronic institutions
* agent-inspired declarative approaches to Web services and
 service-oriented architectures

Applications of declarative techniques to:
* agents and the semantic web
* multi-agent systems for service-oriented computing
* agent-based grid computing
* agent communication and coordination languages
* protocol specification and conformance checking
* declarative 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), DALT  2008 (LNAI  5397) and  DALT 2009
(LNAI  5948) have  been published  by Springer-Verlag  in  the Lecture
Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.


The dates below are tentative;  please check the workshop Web page for
confirmed dates.

Submission Deadline: 			2 February 2010
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 	2 March 2010
Camera Ready Due: 			12 March 2010
Workshop: 				10 or 11 May 2010


The list  is to be confirmed/finalised; please see an updated
list in the workshop Web page.


Andrea Omicini (University of Bologna-Cesena, Italy)
Sebastian Sardina (RMIT University, Australia)
Wamberto Vasconcelos (University of Aberdeen, UK)


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)