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AISB event Bulletin Item

LAST CFP: MAS 2008 Multi-Agent Systems as Middleware and Architectures for Business Systems

           STRICT Deadline October 14, 2007 

                                 MAS 2008
        International Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems as Middleware and
                        Architectures for Business Systems
                                  As part of
              Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik 2008 MKWI 2008
                    February 26 - 28, 2008, Mnchen, Germany


*** Overview ***

Multi-agent systems (MAS) offer important concepts and technical
solutions for the analysis, design and construction of business
systems, especially regarding more and more complex company
structures.  Therefore, MAS represent a conceptual and technological
foundation for solving typical problems of distributed systems such as
communication, conflict resolution, cooperation and concurrency.

The construction of software using architectures inspired by
agent-oriented concepts has the clear advantage that domain-centered
metaphors such as groups, actors, objects and services can be directly
transferred to the technical side as they are supported on this level
as well. This is an essential point regarding the realization of
organizational structures und workflows within the software
architecture.  The agent-oriented paradigm exhibits an especially high
degree of concept continuity from the domain to the technical

Foundation of an efficient IT-management is the usage of an
appropriate system infrastructure which is in case of distributed
systems often backed by middleware systems and/or services. The
traditional point-of-view that considers middleware as solution for
classical problems of distributed systems is in many cases not
sufficient when complex business applications need to be built,
because advanced functionalities e.g. from software engineering,
artificial intelligence and service orientation need to be taken into
account. Thus, new approaches are needed that offer support domain
centered adjustment of business processes and structures.  In this
respect, MAS can be seen as the underlying paradigm for the
architecture of software systems as well as providing a technical
middleware for their realization. This leads to the question how
middleware and architecture can reflect the business system
entities. Therefore, applications and their analysis with respect to
their requirements for direct IT-support are also of high interest for
the workshop.

*** Topics: ***

The workshop covers a wide range of topics from the area of multi-agent
systems as well as from middleware and architectures of business systems.

This includes  (but is not necessarily limited to) the following genreal

   * Architecture: Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), MDA,
     Event-Driven Systems, Data-Driven Systems, Organizational Patterns

   * Middleware: Standards, Platforms, Peer-to-Peer, GRID, Components,
     Enterprise Service Bus, Web-Services

   * Business Systems: Standards, Business processes, Governance,
     Application Domains, Organizational Structures, Electronic Market
     Places, IT-Risk Management, Project Management, Virtual
     organizations, Semantic Web

and more specifically the orthogonal topics for the integration and
mutual dependencies of middleware, architecture and business systems:

   * Concepts: Teamwork, Problem Solving, Planning, Patterns,
     Adaptation, Self Organization, Autonomic Computing, Behavior,
     Structure, Composition
   * Modeling: Software Engineering, Development Processes and Methods,
     Process Models, Generative Software Development, Standards,
     Verification, Validation, Simulation, Processes, Tools
   * Implementation: Web Services, Programming Languages, MDA, Product


*** Submissions ***

We invite submissions of high quality, original papers,
which are not simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere.
Papers should be formatted according to the GIs LNI style, which can be
obtained from

and not exceed 12 pages including figures, references, etc.

Submissions should be sent by E-mail to the Workshop Chairs.
The message should indicate paper Title, Authors and Abstract,
with the Microsoft Word (.doc) version of the paper in attachment.


*** Important Dates ***

Submission Deadline: October 14, 2007

Notification: November 12, 2007

Camera Ready Copy Due: December 3, 2007

MKWI'08 : February 26 - 28, 2008


*** Proceedings ***

The accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the MKWI
2008 conference.


Best regards,
Lars Braubach,
Daniel Moldt and
Alexander Pokahr