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AISB event Bulletin Item

CFP: Computational Social Choice (COMSOC-2008)

  Call for Papers

     2nd International Workshop on Computational Social Choice

                    Liverpool, 3-5 September 2008



Computational social choice is  an interdisciplinary field of study at
the interface  of social  choice theory and  computer science.   It is
concerned  with the  application  of computational  techniques to  the
study of social choice mechanisms,  and with the integration of social
choice paradigms into computing. The aim of the COMSOC workshops is to
bring  together the  different communities  that have  been addressing
such issues: computer scientists interested in computational issues in
social   choice;  people  working   in  artificial   intelligence  and
multiagent systems  who are using  ideas from social choice  theory to
organise societies of artificial software agents; logicians interested
in  the logic-based  specification and  analysis of  social procedures
(social software);  and last but  not least people coming  from social
choice theory itself.

COMSOC-2008 is funded by an  EPSRC research grant, which will allow us
to  bring in  a number  of prominent  scientists as  invited speakers,
whilst keeping registration fees very low.


COMSOC-2008   will   feature  invited   talks   by  Salvador   Barbera
(Barcelona),  Rohit  Parikh   (CUNY),  Tuomas  Sandholm  (CMU),  Moshe
Tennenholtz (Technion), and William Thomson (Rochester).


Submissions of  full papers describing original  or recently published
work on all aspects of computational social choice are invited. Topics
of interest include, but are not limited to:

o complexity-theoretic analysis of voting procedures
o computational aspects of fair division
o cake-cutting algorithms
o distributed negotiation in multiagent system
o preference representation in combinatorial domains
o computational aspects of preference aggregation rules
o preference elicitation
o social choice and constraint programming
o social choice and the web: ranking systems
o belief and judgement aggregation
o computational aspects of coalition formation
o social choice under uncertainty
o logics for collective decision making
o logic-based verification of social procedures
o communication complexity of social choice mechanisms
o computational issues in mechanism design

Paper submission  is electronic  via the workshop  website (submission
deadline: 3rd  June 2008).   Papers (of around  5000 words)  should be
formatted according to  the instructions soon to be  made available at
the workshop  website. All  submitted papers will  be reviewed  by the
programme committee.   Accepted papers  will be collected  in informal
workshop  notes, printed  copies of  which  will be  available at  the
workshop.  To accommodate the publishing needs of different scientific
communities, we stress that authors will retain the copyright of their
papers  and   that  submitting   to  COMSOC-2008  does   not  preclude
publication  of  the  same  material  in  a  journal  or  in  archival
conference  proceedings.  Submission  is restricted  to one  paper per
principal  author  (each  accepted  paper  should be  presented  by  a
different author).  Please contact  either one of the programme chairs
in case of any questions:

o Ulle Endriss  (
o Paul Goldberg (


COMSOC-2008 will  take place immediately  after a workshop  on "Market
Based Control",  supported by the EPSRC-funded  "Market Based Control"
project   (    This  meeting   will
feature talks by several  guest speakers (inlcuding Sarit Kraus, David
Parkes and  Peter Stone),  and COMSOC-2008 participants  are cordially
invited to attend.


o Paper submission deadline: 3 June 2008
o Notification of authors: 7 July 2008
o Camera-ready papers due: 1 August 2008
o Workshop dates: 3-5 September 2008


o Felix Brandt                  o Wiebe van der Hoek
o Vincent Conitzer              o Peter McBurney
o Edith Elkind                  o Michael Wooldridge
o Ulle Endriss (co-chair)
o Paul Goldberg (co-chair)
o Lane Hemaspaandra
o Sebastien Konieczny
o Jerome Lang
o Christian List
o Vangelis Markakis
o Vahab Mirrokni
o Gabriella Pigozzi
o Francesca Rossi
o Remzi Sanver
o Arkadii Slinko
o Michael Trick
o Berthold Voecking
o William S. Zwicker