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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: "Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems", 22 Aug 2011, FRANCE

COIN@WI-IAT'11 - 13th International Workshop on Coordination, Organizations,Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems -Held Lyon, France


The pervasiveness  of open  systems raises a  range of  challenges and opportunities for  technologies in the  area of autonomous 
agents and multi-agent  systems. Open systems  comprise loosely  coupled entities interacting within a society that usually has 
some overall measures of quality or  efficiency.  However,  achieving and maintaining  a "good" society is  difficult to achieve
as the  participating entities, their modes of interaction or the  intended purpose of the system may change over  time. Moreover,
in the  case of  open multi-agent  systems, the autonomy  of the  agents can  work  against the  effectiveness of  the society.  
There is therefore a  need of theories, tools and techniques for articulating  and/or regulating interactions in order  to make 
the system  more effective  in attaining  collective goals,  and providing guarantees  (or predictability)  for  components/participants 
of  open systems.

Coordination,  organizations,  institutions  and  norms are  four  key governance elements  for the  regulation of open  multi-agent systems,
and  the  COIN  workshop  creates   a  space  for  lively  debate  and exploration of these four elements  that are central to the design and
deployment of open systems. Furthermore, in the last three years there has been much interest from the Service Engineering community to adopt 
agent-based  coordination and  organisational approaches  in  order to bring   flexibility   and   adaptiveness   to   new   generations   of
Service-Oriented applications. Thus the  workshop topics are also very relevant  to   the  broader  Service  Engineering   and  Semantic  Web


We  seek  to attract  high-quality papers   addressing   mathematical,
logical, computational and  pragmatic aspects  of the workshop themes, including  reports  on experiences with  agent-oriented  systems  that 
have been adapted for service-oriented environments.

Of particular interest are those  papers  reporting on  challenging or innovative   views  on  issues  within   the  workshop  themes, papers
proposing new ideas, and position papers.


These include, but are not limited to:

* formal methods,  logics, languages and tools  for the specification, verification, implementation and  simulation of norms, coordination, 
organizational structures and institutions;

* law of open distributed systems: regulatory compliance;

* agent  societies,  social   networks,  electronic  institutions  and
virtual organizations;

* formation, maintenance, evolution  and dissolution of organizations, institutions and normative multi-agent systems;

* autonomic institutions and self-organization in multi-agent systems;

* frameworks   and   protocols   for  organized   and   organizational

* mechanisms for flexible  and adaptive governance in service-oriented applications;

* discovery,  openness   and  inter-operation  in   organizations  and

* mixed human-agent  coordination and institutions  in virtual worlds; participatory simulation.

* reports on implemented systems


abstract submission:  April 1, 2011
paper submission:     April 29, 2011
notification:         June 1, 2011
camera-ready:         June 10, 2011
workshop:             August 22, 2011


The workshop will be part of the WI-IAT'11  (IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence & IEEE/WIC/ACM International  Conference on  Intelligent Agent  Technology)  workshop  programme, and  will take place at the Campus Scientifique de la Doua, Lyon, France.


Preliminary  workshop proceedings  will be  published  by  IEEE Computer Society Press.  As with previous  COIN workshops,  revised and  extended versions of selected papers will published in a Springer LNCS volume  in combination  with the post-proceedings  of the COIN@AAMAS workshop 
to be held in May 2011. That volume is published as part of The  Coordination, Organizations,  Institutions, and Norms  in Agent  Systems  book series, with  all the indexing,  referencing and follow-up  benefits  associated with an  established line of  publication. Revised papers must 
take into account the  discussion  held  during the workshop,  hence,  only  those papers  that are presented  during the workshop will be  considered  for inclusion in the post-proceedings volume.


Papers  are to  be  submitted through  the   WI/IAT 2011  Workshop Paper
Submission  system.  The length of  submitted papers should not exceed 4 pages in the IEEE-CS format.  All papers  must be written in English and submitted in PDF format.  Submission of a paper 
should be regarded as an undertaking  that, should  the paper be  accepted,  at least  one of the authors will attend the workshop to present the work.

For submission of papers, please use:


COIN Steering Committee:

Alexander Artikis (National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Greece) 
Eric Matson (Purdue University, USA) Nicoletta Fornara (University of Lugano, Switzerland)
George Vouros (University of the Aegean, Greece) Jeremy Pitt (Imperial College London, UK) 
Julian Padget (University of Bath, UK) Javier Vazquez Salceda (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain) 
Viviane Torres da Silva (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil) Wamberto Vasconcelos (University of Aberdeen, UK)

COIN@WI-IAT'11 Co-Chairs:

M. Birna van Riemsdijk (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Javier Vazquez Salceda (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain)

Program Committee (tentative):

Huib Aldewereld, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Sergio Alvarez-Napagao, Technical University of Catalonia, 
Spain Alexander Artikis, National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Greece Guido Boella, University of Torino, 
Italy Cristiano Castelfranchi, ISTC/CNR, Italy Antonio Carlos da Rocha Costa, UCPEL, Brazil Stephen Cranefield, University of Otago,
New Zealand Virginia Dignum, University of Utrecht, Netherlands Marc Esteva, IIIA-CSIC, Spain Nicoletta Fornara, Lugano, Switzerland 
Jomi Fred Hubner, University of Blumenau, Brasil Christian Lemaitre, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico Victor Lesser, 
University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA Eric Matson, Purdue University, USA John-Jules Meyer, Utrecht University, Netherlands Simon 
Miles, Kings College London, UK Pablo Noriega, IIIA-CSIC, Spain Eugenio Oliveira, Universidade do Porto, Portugal Andrea Omicini, 
Universita di Bologna, Italy Sascha Ossowski, URJC, Spain Julian Padget, University of Bath, UK Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London, 
UK Alessandro Ricci, Universita di Bologna, Italy Juan Antonio Rodriguez Aguilar, IIIA-CSIC, Spain Christophe Sibertin-Blanc, IRIT, 
France Jaime S. Sichman, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Catherine Tessier, ONERA, France Leendert van der Torre, University of Luxembourg, 
Luxembourg Wamberto Vasconcelos, University of Aberdeen, UK Harko Verhagen, Stockholm University, Sweden Marina de Vos, Bath, UK George Vouros,
University of the Aegean, Greece Pinar Yolum, Bogazici University, Turkey