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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Adaptive and Learning Agents Workshop 2013, May 6-7, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

AAMAS 2013

* Register at:
ALA 2013: Adaptive and Learning Agents Workshop held at AAMAS 2013 (Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA). 
The ALA workshop has a long and successful history and is now in its 13th edition. The workshop 
is a merger of European ALAMAS and the American ALAg series which is usually held at AAMAS. 
Our technical program will include 19 oral presentations, 2 invited speakers and a joint panel 
held in collaboration with the MSDM workshop ( For 
which, the panelists confirmed so far include Prof. Peter Stone, Prof. Shlomo Zilberstein, and 
Prof. Milind Tambe.
More details may be found on the workshop web site:
* Early Registration Deadline:     March 27, 2013
* Workshop:                              May 6-7, 2013
* Register at:
Adaptive and Learning Agents, particularly those in a multi-agent setting are becoming more and 
more prominent as the sheer size and complexity of many real world systems grows. How to adaptively
control, coordinate and optimize such systems is an emerging multi-disciplinary research area at 
the intersection of Computer Science, Control theory, Economics, and Biology. The ALA workshop 
will focus on agent and multi-agent systems which employ learning or adaptation.
The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness and interest in adaptive agent research, 
encourage collaboration and give a representative overview of current research in the area of 
adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems. It aims at bringing together not only 
scientists from different areas of computer science but also from different fields studying 
similar concepts (e.g., game theory, bio-inspired control, mechanism design). This workshop 
will focus on all aspects of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems with a 
particular emphasis on how to modify established learning techniques and/or create new learning 
paradigms to address the many challenges presented by complex real-world problems.
The topics of interest include but are not limited to:
     * Novel combinations of reinforcement and supervised learning approaches
     * Integrated learning approaches that work with other agent reasoning modules like  
       negotiation, trust models, coordination, etc.
     * Supervised multi-agent learning
     * Reinforcement learning (single and multi-agent)
     * Planning (single and multi-agent)
     * Reasoning (single and multi-agent)
     * Distributed learning 
     * Adaptation and learning in dynamic environments
     * Evolution of agents in complex environments
     * Co-evolution of agents in a multi-agent setting
     * Cooperative exploration and learning to cooperate and collaborate
     * Learning trust and reputation
     * Communication restrictions and their impact on multi-agent coordination
     * Design of reward structure and fitness measures for coordination
     * Scaling learning techniques to large systems of learning and adaptive agents
     * Emergent behaviour in adaptive multi-agent systems
     * Game theoretical analysis of adaptive multi-agent systems
     * Neuro-control in multi-agent systems
     * Bio-inspired multi-agent systems
     * Applications of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems to real world complex 
     * Learning of Co-ordination
Workshop chairs:
Sam Devlin (University of York, UK)
Daniel Hennes (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
Enda Howley (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
If you have any questions about the ALA workshop, please contact Enda Howley at: 
enda.howley AT
Senior Steering Committee Members:
Daniel Kudenko (University of York, UK)
Ann Now (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium)
Peter Stone (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Matthew Taylor (Lafayette College, USA)
Kagan Tumer (Oregon State University, USA)
Karl Tuyls (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)