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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), June 4-8, 2012, SPAIN

Valencia, Spain


AAMAS is the leading scientific conference for research in autonomous agents and multiagent systems.
The AAMAS conference series was initiated in 2002 by merging three highly respected meetings: the
International Conference on Multi-Agent Systems (ICMAS); the International Workshop on Agent 
Theories, Architectures, and Languages (ATAL); and the International Conference on Autonomous 
Agents (AA). The aim of the joint conference is to provide a single, high-profile, internationally
respected archival forum for scientific research in the theory and practice of autonomous agents 
and multiagent systems.

AAMAS 2012 is the eleventh conference in the AAMAS series, following enormously successful previous
conferences, and will be held at the Universitat Politcnica de Valncia in Valencia, Spain, June 
4-8, 2012.

See for more information on the AAMAS conference series.

** WHATS NEW? **

We realise that many of you will not read the CFP in detail. Please at least read the following 
points, which highlight significant recent changes.

1. When submitting papers, if the paper has appeared anywhere before, even as a
   short paper or in a workshop, then you must provide information on this - see
   the Submission Instructions section below for details.

2. The "industry track" changed in 2011 to the "innovative applications" track.

3. In response to comments at the AAMAS 2011 community discussion session, AAMAS
   2012 also invites "perspective" papers (see the end of topic list for more


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Agent Communication:
1.  Agent commitments
2.  Communication languages
3.  Communication protocols
4.  Speech act theory

Agent Cooperation:
1.  Biologically-inspired approaches and methods 2.  Collective intelligence 3.  Distributed 
problem solving 4.  Human-robot/agent interaction 5.  Multi-user/multi-virtual-agent interaction 
6.  Teamwork, coalition formation, coordination 7.  Incentives for Cooperation 8.  Implicit 

Agent Reasoning:
1.  Planning (single and multiagent)
2.  Reasoning (single and multiagent)
3.  Cognitive models
4.  Knowledge representation

Agent Societies and Societal issues:
1.  Artificial social systems
2.  Environments, organisations and institutions 3.  Ethical and legal issues 4.  Peer to peer 
coordination 5.  Privacy, safety and security 6.  Social and organizational structure 7.  Trust, 
reliability and reputation

Agent Theories, Models and Architectures:
1.  BDI
2.  Belief revision
3.  Bounded rationality
4.  Formal models of agency
5.  Logic-based approaches and methods
6.  Mobile agents
7.  Modeling other agents and self
8.  Modeling the dynamics of MAS
9.  Reactive vs. deliberative approaches 10. Service oriented architectures 11. Verification of MAS

Agent-based simulation:
1.  Artificial societies
2.  Emergent behavior
3.  Simulation techniques, tools and environments 4.  Social simulation

Agent-based system development:
1.  Agent development techniques, tools and environments 2.  Agent programming languages 
3.  Agent specification or validation languages 4.  Design languages for agent systems 
5.  Development environments 6.  Programming languages 7.  P2P, web services, grid computing 
8.  Software engineering (agent- or multi agent-oriented)

Agreement Technologies:
1.  Argumentation
2.  Collective decision making
3.  Judgment aggregation and belief merging 4.  Negotiation 5.  Norms

Economic paradigms:
1.  Electronic markets
2.  Economically-motivated agents
3.  Game Theory (cooperative and non-cooperative) 4.  Social choice theory 5.  Voting protocols 
6.  Artificial economies/markets 7.  Auction and mechanism design 8.  Bargaining and negotiation

Learning and Adaptation:
1.  Computational architectures for learning 2.  Reward structures for learning 
3.  Evolution, adaptation 4.  Co-evolution 5.  Single agent Learning 6.  Multiagent Learning

Systems and Organisation:
1.  Autonomic computing
2.  Complex systems
3.  Self-organisation

Perspectives (see below)

* Perspective Papers *

These are papers that analyse in some way the agents research community, or part of it. These 
papers will be handled like any other AAMAS submission; they will be evaluated in terms of their 
originality, soundness, significance, presentation, understanding of the state of the art, and 
overall quality of their technical contribution.  Papers that merely present a numerical analysis
 of trends without insightful interpretation, or that fail to situate their analysis within the 
existing body of literature, are unlikely to be accepted.

Examples of appropriate topics for perspective papers include (but are not necessarily limited to):

1. An analysis of data concerning trends in a given sub-area of agents, along with
   a discussion of these trends.

2. An overview of the state of adoption in practice of agents, along with an
   analysis of reasons and future trends

3. Any other papers that take a "step back" and consider the research and/or
   adoption of some aspect (or all of) the agents community


For Authors:

Electronic Abstract Submission: October 7, 2011 (11:59 PM HST)
Full Paper Submission:          October 12, 2011 (11:59 PM HST)
Rebuttal Phase:                 November 29  December 1, 2011 (11:59 PM HST)
Author Notification:            December 21, 2011 (11:59 PM HST)
Conference:                     June 48, 2012

For Reviewers:

Bidding deadline:               October 14, 2011 (11:59pm HST)
Paper assignments announced:    October 24, 2011
Reviewing Period:               October 24  November 21, 2011
Discussion Period:              December 29, 2011


AAMAS 2012 seeks submissions of high-quality full papers, limited to 8 pages in length. Submissions 
will be rigorously peer reviewed and evaluated on the basis of originality, soundness, significance,
presentation, understanding of the state of the art, and overall quality of their technical 
contribution.  Reviews will be double blind; authors must avoid including anything that can be used 
to identify them.  Please note that prior submission of an abstract is required to submit a full 
paper.  However, the abstracts will not be reviewed and full (8 page) papers must be submitted for 
the review process to start.  All work must be original (must not have appeared in a conference 
proceedings, book, or journal).

* Submission Instructions *

To register and submit your paper (in PDF format), please go to the submission
website: and follow the instructions.

Please keep in mind that you must submit an abstract by October 7, 2011 to be able to upload your 
paper (abstract submission is required to submit a paper, but abstracts will NOT be reviewed). The
abstract and paper submissions close at 11:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time (HST = GMT - 10:00) on
Oct 7 and Oct 12 respectively.

If any substantial part of your work appeared previously, please provide the citation and a one 
sentence description of the differences in the box provided. It is OK to submit work that has 
previously appeared in a workshop (without an associated archival publication). For such papers 
simply fill in the paper and workshop info. For papers that build on earlier work that appeared 
in an archival publication, please provide the citation and a one sentence description of the key 
advances/differences. This information will be kept from the reviewers to ensure a double-blind 
review and will only be used by the program chairs.

* Formatting Instructions *

The page limit for AAMAS 2012 submissions is 8 pages.  The format follows the ACM proceedings guidelines and consists of balanced double columns, 9 pt text, 1"
(2.54cm) margins top and bottom, and 0.75" (1.9cm) margins left and right. Each column is 3.33" 
(8.45cm) wide with a separation of 0.33" (0.83cm). A LaTeX style file and a Microsoft Word template
 will be available soon on the conference Web site ( Please do not 
modify the style files, or any layout parameters.

To ensure the effectiveness of the double-blind review process, make sure to put paper numbers 
(provided upon paper registration) instead of author names.  In addition, please ensure that any 
references to your own previous work is made in a way that does not disclose author identity 
(for example, instead of "in previous work, we have shown X [ref]" use "X was shown in [ref]"). 
In some cases where the work is clearly a continuation of your earlier work, you may consider 
removing citations to your own work until the final version (for example, "we have shown X [ref]" 
where [ref]= "Anonymous, 200X"). Please also check that the PDF file submitted does not contain 
embedded identifying information.

* Mandatory Sections *

The mandatory sections of the ACM styles are also mandatory for AAMAS 2012 submissions. Not only 
will these sections help select the reviewers, but according to ACM: "these index terms effect 
the ease and accuracy of retrieval within the Digital Library which ultimately benefits authors 
by allowing for greater distribution of their work". Thus, although it may not be trivial to find
the appropriate classification information, you should make an effort filling these

1. Categories and Subject Descriptors:
   Details of the ACM Computing Classification Scheme are available at

2. General Terms:
   This section is limited to the following 16 terms: Algorithms, Management,
   Measurement, Documentation, Performance, Design, Economics, Reliability,
   Experimentation, Security, Human Factors, Standardization, Languages, Theory,
   Legal Aspects, Verification.

3. Keywords:
   This section is your choice of terms you would like to be indexed by.  Please
   refer to the Call for Paper page for a list of keywords.


In addition to submissions in the main track, AAMAS-2012 will be soliciting papers in three special
 tracks.  The review process for the special tracks will be similar to the main track, but with 
program committee members specially selected for that track.

* Special Track on Robotics (Chair: Daniele Nardi) *

Papers that advance theory and applications of single and multiple robots are welcome, specifically
those focusing on real robots that interact with their environment. Papers should clearly explain 
how the work addresses challenges in robotics, opportunities for novel applications, and 
fundamental research issues in autonomous robotic systems. The goal is to demonstrate the synergy 
achieved from integration of research in agents and robotics.

Keywords for Robotics Track:

1.  Cognitive robotics
2.  Formal methods
3.  Integrated perception, cognition, and action 4.  Intelligence for human-robot interaction 
5.  Machine learning for robotics 6.  Mapping (including exploration, coverage, and SLAM) 
7.  Networked robot/sensor systems 8.  Robot planning (including action and motion planning) 
9.  Robot teams, multi-robot systems 10. Robot coordination 11. Robotic agent languages and 
middleware for robot systems

* Special Track on Virtual Agents (Chair: Stefan Kopp) *

Virtual agents are embodied agents in interactive virtual or physical environments that emulate 
human-like behavior. We encourage papers on the design, implementation, and evaluation of virtual 
agents as well as challenging applications featuring them. The goal is to provide an opportunity 
for interaction and cross-fertilization between the AAMAS community and researchers working on 
virtual agents and to strengthen links between the two communities.

Keywords for Virtual Agents Track:

1.  Modeling cognition and socio-cultural behavior 2.  Conversational agents 
3.  Verbal and non-verbal expression 4.  Affect and personality 5.  Multimodal agent interaction 
6.  Computational models of narrative 7.  Pedagogical, companion, and coaching agents 
8.  Culturally-aware agents 9.  Virtual character modeling and animation in games, education, 
training, and
    virtual environments
10. Empirical studies

* Special Track on Innovative Applications (Chairs: Klaus Fischer & Alex Rogers) *

The Innovative Applications Track is a continuation of the tradition started by the Industry Track in past years. Due to the growing maturity of the field there are now agent-based applications in widespread use across many domains, responsible for the generation of significant revenues, or the saving of major costs, or for supporting important public policy and business strategy decision-making. This special track provides the ideal forum to present and discuss your work: to inform and inspire the largest international gathering of agent technology researchers and practitioners with presentations and demonstrations of your compelling applications, agent system deployment experiences, and new business ideas. The goal is to promote the fostering of mutually beneficial relationships between members of the AAMAS community who are engaged in foundational scientific research and those who are working to make autonomous agents and multi-agent systems a commercial or public policy reality. Due to the special review process for the Innovative Applications track, papers accepted in this track may be designated in the proceedings as belonging to this track.

For submissions to the special track on innovative applications, authors are particularly 
encouraged to address the following questions: What is the rationale for using agent-based 
technology in this application domain, as opposed to other approaches? If you have deployed 
your technology, what insights have you gained from the experience?  For instance, what lessons 
do you have for anyone pitching, designing, implementing, deploying, using, or evaluating 
similar agent systems or working in similar domains? What improvements or external factors (such 
as technology standards) might facilitate wider-spread adoption of your technology? What 
improvements in fundamental agent technology might improve your application, or enable it to be 
adopted more broadly, or support its better use?

Keywords for Innovative Applications Track:

1.  Telecommunications and media
2.  Energy and emissions
3.  Bio-technology and health care
4.  Financial markets
5.  Manufacturing and logistics
6.  Transportation and telematics
7.  Ambient intelligence
8.  Surveillance and security
9.  Aerospace and defense
10. Business strategy and marketing
11. e-Government and e-Democracy
12. Public policy and Economics
13. Simulation
14. Implementation lessons
15. Business cases for MAS