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2nd CFP: Logics, Agents, and Mobility (LAM'10)

2nd Call for Papers

3rd International Workshop on Logics, Agents, and Mobility (LAM'10)

15 July 2010, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

organised as satellite workshop at the Twenty-Fifth Annual IEEE Symposium on
LOGIC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE (LICS 2010), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
(part of FLoC 2010)

Workshop Purpose:

The aim of this series of workshops is to bring together active researchers in the areas of logics and other formal frameworks that can be used to describe and analyse dynamic or mobile systems. The main focus is on the field of logics and calculi for mobile 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. The workshop intends to encourage discussion and work across the boundaries of the traditional disciplines.

Outside of academia, distributed systems are a reality and agent programming is beginning established itself as a serious contender against more traditional programming paradigms. For example, the deployment of large-scale pervasive infrastructures (mobile ad-hoc networks, mobile devices, RFIDs, etc.) raises a number of scientific and technological challenges for the  modelling and programming of 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 verification of mobile agent systems. In the past two or three years, some logics have been proposed that would be able to handle certain aspects of these requirements, but 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 the areas outlined above with a focus on logics and other formalisms for the  specification and verification of dynamic, mobile systems.

Scopes of Interest:

The main topics of interest include
- specification and reasoning about agents, MAS, and mobile systems
- modal and temporal logics
- model-checking 
- treatment of location and resources in logics
- security
- type systems and static analysis
- logic programming
- concurrency theory with a focus on mobility or dynamics in agent systems.

Previous Workshops:

LAM'08: 4--8 August 2008 at ESSLI in Hamburg, Germany 
LAM'09: 10 August 2009 at LICS in Los Angeles, USA

Format of the Workshop:

The workshop will be held as a one day event after LICS. There will 
be a short 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 will 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'10 workshop. Submissions should not exceed 15 
pages, preferably using LaTeX and a suitable class for the proceedings. 
The following formats are accepted: PDF, PS. 

Please send your submission electronically via
by the deadline listed below. The submissions will be reviewed by 
the workshop's programme committee and additional reviewers. 
Accepted papers will appear in electronic proceedings (probably in  EPTCS) 
and authors will be encouraged to re-submit papers to formal proceedings 
to be published as a separate publication, e.g. as a special journal issue.

Invited Speakers:

David Pym (University of Bath and HP)

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: 9 April 2010
Notification: 1 May 2010
Workshop: 15 July 2010

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
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
Frederic Peschanski, Paris, France
Vladimiro Sassone, Southampton, UK
Wamberto Vasconcelos, Aberdeen, UK

Further Information:

About the workshop:
About LICS: