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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: 12th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, May 6-10, 2013, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

http://aamas2013.cs.umn.edu/

AAMAS 2013

** ABOUT AAMAS **

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 2013 is the twelfth conference in the AAMAS series, following enormously successful previous 
conferences, and will be held at the Crowne Plaza, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, May 6-10, 2013.

See http://www.ifaamas.org for more information on the AAMAS conference series.


** WHAT?S 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. The special track Challenges and Visions is new and includes 
perspectives papers.

2. Please make sure you are aware of the policy regarding prior 
publication and simultaneous submission, see 
http://aamas2013.cs.umn.edu/node/31.

3. Reviewing: after the AAMAS 2012 community discussion about double blind 
reviewing a committee looked into the matter and adviced the IFAAMAS board 
that then decided not to change the policy about blind reviewing.

** TOPICS OF INTEREST **

Please visit the online CfP at http://aamas2013.cs.umn.edu/node/4.

** KEY DATES **

Electronic Abstract Submission:     October 8, 2012 (11:59 PM HST)
Full Paper Submission:              October 12, 2012 (11:59 PM HST)
Rebuttal Phase:                     November 27 - November 29, 2012 (11:59 PM HST)
Author Notification:                December 20, 2012 (11:59 PM HST)
Conference:                         May 6?10, 2013

** SUBMISSION **

AAMAS 2013 seeks high-quality submissions of 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 submitting 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). In 
addition to submissions in the main track, AAMAS 2013 will be soliciting 
papers in four 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. All accepted papers for the special 
tracks will be included in the proceedings.

* Submission Instructions *

To register and submit your paper (in PDF format), please go to the 
submission website: http://aamas2013.confmaster.net/ and follow the 
instructions.

Please keep in mind that you must submit an abstract by October 8, 2012 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 8 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 2013 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 (http://aamas2013.cs.umn.edu/). 
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 2013 
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 sections:

1. Categories and Subject Descriptors:
    Details of the ACM Computing Classification Scheme are available at 
http://www.acm.org/about/class/1998/.

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 topics.


** SPECIAL TRACKS **

In addition to submissions in the main track, AAMAS-2013 will be 
soliciting papers in four 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 (Chairs: Daniele Nardi and Monica Nicolescu) * 
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.

* Special Track on Virtual Agents (Chairs: Stefan Kopp and Catherine 
Pelachaud) * 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.

* Special Track on Innovative Applications (Chairs: Bo An and John 
Thangarajah) * 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, discuss and demonstrate your compelling applications, agent 
system deployment experiences, and new business ideas. The goal is to 
promote the fostering of mutually-beneficial relationships between those 
doing foundational scientific research and those making autonomous agents 
and multi-agent systems a commercial or public policy reality.

* NEW Special Track on Challenges and Visions (Chair: Jeff Rosenschein) * 
In cooperation with the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), AAMAS 2013 
invites submissions to a special Challenges and Visions track. The 
emphasis of this track is on visionary ideas, long term challenges, and 
new research opportunities that are outside the current mainstream of the 
field. This track is designed to overcome the constraints of the 
traditional review process, and will serve as an incubator for innovative 
approaches, risky and provocative ideas, and to propose challenges and 
opportunities for the field in the near future. To encourage researchers 
to present truly visionary concepts, the CCC is offering prizes for up to 
3 top papers in this special track: first prize 00, second prize 0, 
and third prize 0, to be awarded as travel grants.