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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS The 2nd International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems, May 5-6, 2014, Paris, FRANCE


In conjunction with AAMAS 2014


The engineering of multi-agent systems (MAS) is a complex activity, for these 
systems consist of multiple autonomous and heterogeneous agents, and the 
system's proper functioning depends on the effective interaction of these 
agents. MAS have been used to a certain extent in the industry, but a wider 
adoption is hindered by the fact that the engineering techniques for building 
them are not as mature as mainstream software engineering techniques. Numerous 
challenges have to be addressed, including:
  - Design and software engineering; for example, how to effectively design 
agents and their interactions?
  - Implementation; how to effectively implement multi-agent coordination or 
  - Verification; how to formally verify (un)desired properties of individual 
agents and MAS?

It is manifest that these challenges can be tackled more effectively when 
considered together within the overarching discipline of MAS engineering. For 
example, design artefacts (e.g., agent or MAS models) can be used to support 
and assist with debugging and testing. Another example is the development of 
agent-oriented programming languages that result in programs that are more 
readily verifiable. A final example is the use of declarative techniques that 
span design and implementation.

The International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS) is the 
ideal venue for papers that relate to all aspects of agent and MAS engineering. 
EMAS was created in 2013 as a merger of three separate workshops (with 
overlapping communities) that focus on software engineering aspects (AOSE), 
programming aspects (ProMAS), and the application of declarative techniques to 
design, programming and verification (DALT). The EMAS community welcomes 
application papers that describe lessons learned and engineering challenges 
identified in building and deploying multi-agent systems.

The EMAS workshop explicitly pursues three goals:
- To progress and further develop the understanding of how to engineer 
multi-agent systems.
- To bring together the communities that are concerned with different aspects 
of engineering multi-agent systems, and by doing so, allow for better 
interchange of ideas between the communities, thus exploiting synergies 
discussed above.
- To attract workshop papers that report on experiences and lessons learned 
from innovative applications of MAS.

We thus call for research papers that are concerned with any aspect of the 
engineering of multi-agent systems. The list of topics includes but is not 
limited to the topics of the three parent workshops.


EMAS welcomes the submission of theoretical, experimental, methodological as 
well as application papers. Each paper will be evaluated by three members of 
the PC.
Papers must not be submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Papers 
should be written in English, formatted according to the Springer LNCS style 
(either in LaTeX or in Word), and not exceed 16 pages. Submission should be 
done via EasyChair (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=emas2014).

Pre-proceedings containing all accepted papers are provided electronically on a 
USB stick as part of the AAMAS workshop registration package. Revised versions 
of accepted papers will be published in a Lecture Notes in Artificial 
Intelligence volume. For this purpose, authors will be given the opportunity to 
revise and re-submit their contributions after the conference.


22 January 2014: Paper submission deadline
19 February 2014: Paper notification
12 March 2014: Camera-ready papers ready for pre-proceedings
5-6 May 2015: Workshop held at AAMAS


M. Birna van Riemsdijk (TU Delft, Netherlands)
Fabiano Dalpiaz (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Jrgen Dix (TU Clausthal, Germany)


Matteo Baldoni (Italy)
Rafael Bordini (Brazil)
Mehdi Dastani (Netherlands)
Jrgen Dix (Germany)
Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni (France)
Paolo Giorgini (Italy)
Jrg Mller (Germany)
M. Birna Van Riemsdijk (Netherlands)
Tran Cao Son (USA)
Gerhard Weiss (Netherlands)
Danny Weyns (Sweden)
Michael Winikoff (New Zealand).


For any question about the workshop, you can contact the organizers via email: