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AISB event Bulletin Item

3rd CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop on Computationally Adapted {laws | policies | norms} for self-Organising Systems, Sep 13, 2013; Philadelphia, USA

Call for Papers
Many systems, as well as organisations, are characterised by having
a set of rules that drive (and limit) the interactions amongst their
components. These rules may range from simple ones to complex legal
systems, norms, contracts or policies, among others. Examples of this
kind of systems may be technical systems such as computing grids or
sensor networks, which have to share limited resources, as well as
socio-technical systems, with humans involved in the functioning of
the system, such as in smart grids. While in many cases these rules
would be fixed, probably set by some authority, there is an increasing
need of flexibility and openness, i.e., participating agents should be
able to be involved in the decision making about how the system is run.
This is the case in self-organising systems, where the components play
a fundamental role in modifying and adapting such rules. This includes
changing existing rules, generating new ones, deciding who makes the
decisions and when these are made, setting what happens when agents do
not follow the rules, or assessing whether a set of rules fits the
system's purpose, among others.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss  based on high quality position
or research papers  the different aspects, effects, and representations
of law, norms, and justice in self-organising systems and to debate the
impact of current and future technical self-organising systems on legal
systems. Therefore, we want to bring together researchers of different
communities such as Multi-Agent Systems, Autonomic Computing, Organic
Computing, Trust Management, Cyber-Physical Systems, Distributed Systems
and social sciences. The workshop is an opportunity to promote a common
understanding of the concept of computational justice, present on-going
research, and identify areas where more attention from the community
is required.
Examples of areas of interest include, but are not limited to,
the following:
- Self-organising norm-governed systems
- Contract-based systems
- Self-organising and evidence-based policies
- Computational justice
- Representation of and reasoning about computational laws
- Impact of technical, self-organising systems on legal systems
- Games with mutable rules
Aim of the Workshop and Audience
The workshop is aimed at researchers that have been investigating
concepts or mechanisms to formalise, incorporate, or reason about
computational justice, rules, laws, or norms in self-organising
systems or that have been looking into self-organising systems
that require such mechanisms to enable efficient, sustainable,
and robust operation. We explicitly encourage participation of
researchers from different communities within computer science
as well as social sciences. The workshop will be set in an informal
and cooperative atmosphere with ample time allotted to discussions. 
Important Dates
* Paper submission: July 11, 2013
* Acceptance Notification: July 25, 2013
* Camera-ready version: August 14, 2013
* Workshop: September 13, 2013
Paper Submission
The workshop organizers solicit both original research papers as well as
position papers on the topics outlined in the Call for Papers. Each
paper will be reviewed in a double-blind process. The decision will be
based on the motivation of the research, the clarity of the claims of
the contribution, the relevance of the research to the domain of
self-organizing systems, its evaluation, and the thoroughness of the
related work comparison. Submitted papers must not have been previously
published or submitted elsewhere.
The proceedings of all SASO workshops will be published by IEEE Computer
Society Press and made available as a part of the IEEE digital library.
Submissions should not exceed 6 pages and formatted according to the
IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide and submitted
electronically in pdf format. Please submit your papers using the
conference management system that will be linked on the website well in
advance of the submission deadline. One of the authors has to register
for the conference and workshop.
Workshop Organization
- Gerrit Anders
  University of Augsburg
  Universittsstr. 6a
  86159 Augsburg, Germany
  Tel. +49 821 598 2187
- Dr. Didac Busquets
  Imperial College London
  Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus, SW7 2BT 
  London, United Kingdom 
  Tel. +44 (0)207 594 6187       
- Dr. Giuseppe Contissa
  European University Institute
  Law Department
  Villa Schifanoia - Via Boccaccio 121, I-50133 Florence, Italy
  Office Tel:  +39 055 4685 406
- Dr. Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu
  Department of Information Science
  University of Otago
  60 Clyde Street
  Dunedin, New Zealand
  Tel. +64 3 4795143
Program Committee
Prof. Dr. Christian Mller-Schloer, Leibniz University Hannover (Germany)
Dr. Tina Balke, University of Surrey (UK)
Dr. Maite Lopez, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Andr, University of Augsburg (Germany)
Dr. Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London (UK)
Dr. Regis Riveret, Imperial College London (UK)
Prof. Antonino Rotolo, Universita di Bologna (Italy)
Dr. Jordi Sabater, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (Spain)
Prof. Giovanni Sartor, Universita di Bologna (Italy)
Dr. Sven Tomforde, University of Augsburg (Germany)
Dr. Wamberto Vasconcelos, University of Aberdeen (UK)
Dr. Daniel Villatoro, Barcelona Digital (Spain)
Prof. Christiano Castelfranchi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology (Italy)