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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: 13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, May 5-9, 2014, Paris, FRANCE

Electronic Abstract Submission: October 8, 2013 (11:59 PM HST)
Full Paper and Extended Abstract Submission: October 11, 2013 (11:59 PM HST)
Rebuttal Phase: November 29 - December 2, 2013 (11:59 PM HST)
Author Notification: December 20, 2013

AAMAS-14 encourages the submission of theoretical, experimental, methodological, and applications 
papers. Theory papers should make clear the significance and relevance of their results to the 
AAMAS community. Similarly, applied papers should make clear both their scientific and technical 
contributions, and are expected to demonstrate a thorough evaluation of their strengths and 
weaknesses in practice. It is strongly encouraged that papers focusing on specific agent 
capabilities do so in the context of autonomous agent architectures or multiagent systems. A 
thorough evaluation, conducted from a theoretical or applied basis, is considered an essential 
component of any submission. Authors are also requested to pay particular attention to discuss 
how their work relates to the state of the art in autonomous agents and multiagent systems 
research as evidenced in, for example, previous AAMAS and related conferences. All submissions 
will be rigorously peer reviewed and evaluated on the basis of the quality of their technical 
contribution, originality, soundness, significance, presentation, understanding of the state of 
the art, and overall quality.

AAMAS 2014, the thirteenth conference in the AAMAS series, seeks high-quality submissions of 
full papers, limited to 8 pages in length.  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 begin. All work must be original, i.e., it
must not have appeared in a conference proceedings, book, or journal and may not be under review 
at another archival conference. In addition to submissions in the main track, AAMAS 2014 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.

AAMAS 2014 will feature the following four special tracks:
Robotics (Chairs: Noa Agmon, Luiz Chaimowicz)

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.

 Virtual Agents (Chairs: Elisabeth Andre', Sarit Kraus)

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

 Innovative Applications (Chairs: Tom Holvoet, Rajiv Maheswaran)

 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 multiagent systems a commercial or public policy 

 Challenges and Visions (Chair: Munindar P Singh)

 In cooperation with the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), AAMAS 2014 will include a 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 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.  All AAMAS 
formatting requirements apply except that submissions for this track are limited to 4 pages.

The full call for papers, along with descriptions of the special tracks and all topics of interest,
can be found at: