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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Theory and Applications of Formal Argumentation, 3-5 Aug 2013, Beijing, CHINA


TAFA 2013

The Second International Workshop on Theory and Applications of Formal Argumentation (TAFA 2013) 
will be co-located with IJCAI 2013 in Beijing, and builds on the success of TAFA 2011 (co-located 
with IJCAI 2011). The workshop is inspired by the recent rapid growth of interest in formal models 
of argumentation and their application in diverse sub-fields and domains of application of 
Artificial Intelligence. TAFA 2013 aims to further foster uptake of argumentation as a viable 
AI paradigm with wide ranging application by providing a forum for further development of 
existing ideas and for the initiation of new and innovative collaborations.

TAFA 2013 therefore encourages submission of papers on formal theoretical models of argumentation 
and their application in (sub-fields of) AI, and on the evaluation of models of argumentation, 
both theoretical (in terms of formal properties) and practical (in concretely developed 
applications). We particularly encourage work on theories and applications developed through 
inter-disciplinary collaborations. The workshop will also include a demonstration session.


The workshop solicits papers dealing with, but not limited to, the following topics:

* Properties of formal models of argumentation
* Instantiations of abstract argumentation frameworks
* Relationships amongst different argumentation frameworks
* Argumentation applied with other Artificial Intelligence techniques
* Evaluation of formal models of argumentation
* Validation and evaluation of applications of argumentation

Demonstration Track

A session will be organized for the demonstration of innovative working applications and tools. 
Systems of interest include (but are not limited to):

  Innovative applications in law, medicine, e-democracy, risk assessment, intelligent user 
interfaces, recommender systems
  Argumentation-based reasoners
  Systems for generating arguments from knowledge bases
  Systems for editing, presenting and judging arguments and counterarguments
  Collaborative and social systems based on argumentation
  Simulations of dialogue-based argumentation
  Argumentation-based agents and multi-agent systems
  Decision support systems based on argumentation

All those intending to demonstrate a system will be required to submit for review a two page 
extended abstract about the system. Accepted extended abstracts will be published in the 
conference proceedings.

Submission Guidelines

Submission to the workshop will take place via the EasyChair system, and will be anonymously 
reviewed. Contributors must submit papers (no longer than 15 pages) in the Springer Lecture 
Notes in Computer Science style. Formatting instructions, as well as the style and sample files 
can be found here:




As with the TAFA 2011 proceedings,  accepted papers will be published in Springer LNAI  following 
the workshop.

Important Dates

April 20, 2013: Submission Deadline
May 20, 2013: Notifications of Acceptance
May 30, 2013: Camera Ready Copy Due
August 2013: The workshop will run over one and an half days (final dates to be confirmed).

Organising Committee (Co-chairs)

  * Elizabeth Black
    Department of Informatics,
    Kings College London
    elizabeth.black [at] kcl.ac.uk

  * Sanjay Modgil
    Department of Informatics,
    Kings College London
    sanjay.modgil [at] kcl.ac.uk

  * Nir Oren
    Department of Computer Science,
    University of Aberdeen
    n.oren [at] abdn.ac.uk

Program Committee
Leila Amgoud, IRIT, Toulouse, France
Katie Atkinson, University of Liverpool, UK
Pietro Baroni, University of Brescia, Italy
Floris Bex, Universiy of Utrecht, Netherlands
Elizabeth Black, Kings College London, UK
Guido Boella, Universita di Torino, Italy
Elise Bonzon, Universit Paris Descartes, France
Richard Booth, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Gerhard Brewka, University of Leipzig, Germany
Katarzyna Budzynska, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Martin Caminada, University of Aberdeen, UK
Federico Cerruti, University of Aberdeen, UK
Carlos Chesnevar, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Sylvie Doutre, University of Toulouse 1, France
Phan Minh Dung, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Paul Dunne, University of Liverpool, UK
Massimilliano Giacomin, University of Brescia, Italy
Tom Gordon, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
Anthony Hunter, Univeristy College London, UK
Souhila Kaci, University of Montpellier II, France
Antonis Kakas, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Nicholas Maudet, Universite Paris Dauphine, France
Peter McBurney, King's College London, UK
Sanjay Modgil, King's College London, UK
Pavlos Moraitis, Paris Descartes University, France
Timothy J. Norman, University of Aberdeen, UK
Nir Oren, University of Aberdeen, UK
Simon Parsons, City University of New York, USA
Henry Prakken, Utrecht University, & University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Iyad Rahwan, Masdar Institute, UAE, & Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Chris Reed, University of Dundee, UK
Tjitze Rienstra, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Chiaki Sakama, Wakayama University, Japan
Hajime Sawamura, Niigata University, Japan
Guillermo Simari, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Yuqing Tang, Carnegie Mellon University, UK
Francesca Toni, Imperial College, London, UK
Serena Villata, University of Turin, Italy
Simon Wells, University of Aberdeen, UK
Stefan Woltran, TU Vienna, Institute of Information Systems, Austria
Leon van der Torre, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Bart Verheij, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Srdjan Vesic, Centre de Recherche en Informatique de Lens, France
Serena Villata, INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France
Toshiko Wakaki, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
Adam Wyner, University of Aberdeen, UK
Stefan Woltran, Vienna University of Technology, Austria