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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: IFAAMAS Award for Influential Papers

In 2006 The International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems established an 
award to recognize publications that have made influential and long-lasting contributions to the 
field.  Candidates for this award are papers that have proved a key result, led to the development 
of a new subfield, demonstrated a significant new application or system, or simply presented a 
new way of thinking about a topic that has proved influential. A list of previous winners of this 
award is appended below.

This award is presented annually at the AAMAS Conference, in this case
AAMAS-2012 in Valencia in June.  Winning papers must have been published at least 10 years before 
the award presentation, therefore this year's eligible set comprises papers published in 2002 or 
earlier, in any recognized forum (journal, conference, workshop).

To nominate a publication for this award, please send the full reference plus a brief statement 
(150 words or fewer) about the significance of the paper to Jeff Rosenschein (chair of the 2012 
committee for this award), (Please put NOMINATION in the subject line.)

Nominations are due by February 3, 2012.

2012 Influential Paper Award Committee:
Ed Durfee, Carles Sierra, Liz Sonenberg, Jeff Rosenschein (chair)


Previous Award Winners

Agent-oriented programming, Artificial Intelligence, 60, pp. 51-92.

YOKOO, M. DURFEE, E. H., ISHIDA, T. & KUWABARA, K. (1998) The Distributed Constraint Satisfaction 
Problem: Formalization and Algorithms. IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering 10:673-685.


YOKOO, M. & HIRAYAMA, K. (1996)
Distributed Breakout Algorithm
for Solving Distributed Constraint Satisfaction Problems Second International Conference on 
Multiagent Systems (ICMAS-96), pp.401-408.

The award was given to the series of edited collections of papers on Distributed AI published in 
the late 1980s:

HUHNS. M. H. (Ed.) (1987)
Distributed Artificial Intelligence. London, Pitman.

BOND, A. & GASSER, L. (Eds.) (1988)
Readings in Distributed Artificial Intelligence. San Mateo, CA, Morgan Kaufmann.

GASSER L. & HUHNS, M. H. (Eds.) (1989)
Distributed Artificial Intelligence (Volume II). Pitman and Morgan Kaufmann.

BRATMAN, M. E., ISRAEL, D. J. & POLLACK, M. E. (1988) Plans and resource-bounded practical 
reasoning. Computational Intelligence, 4, 349-355.

DURFEE, E. H. & LESSER, V. R. (1991) Partial global planning: A coordination framework for 
distributed hypothesis formation. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, 21, 1167-1183.

GROSZ, B. J. & KRAUS, S. (1996) Collaborative plans for complex group action. Artificial 
Intelligence, 86, 269-357.

RAO, A. S. & GEORGEFF, M. P. (1991) Modeling rational agents within a BDI-architecture. 
Second International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.

ROSENSCHEIN, J. S. & GENESERETH, M. R. (1985) Deals among rational agents.
Ninth International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

COHEN, P. R. & LEVESQUE, H. J. (1990) Intention is choice with commitment.
Artificial Intelligence, 42, 213-261.

DAVIS, R. & SMITH, R. G. (1983) Negotiation as a metaphor for distributed problem solving. 
Artificial Intelligence, 20, 63-109.