Agents, Norms and Institutions
July 25th, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Multi-agent systems are often understood as complex entities where a multitude of agents interact, usually with some intended individual or collective purpose. Such a view usually assumes some form of structure, or set of norms or conventions that articulate or restrain interactions in order to make them more effective in attaining those goals, more certain for participants or more predictable. The engineering of effective regulatory mechanisms is a key problem for the design of open complex multi-agent systems, so that in recent years it has become a rich and challenging topic for research and development.
Of the many possible ways of looking at the problem of regulating multi-agent systems, this workshop focuses on a normative approach, based on the use of Norms in Artificial Institutions. Lately there has been an explosion of new approaches, both theoretical and practical, exploring the use of norms as a flexible way to constrain and/or impose behaviour and these are reflected in specifications of norm languages, agent-mediated electronic institutions, contracts, protocols and policies.
The workshop invites specialists from various fields to discuss conceptual, formal and technical aspects that bear upon the formalization, design, construction and deployment of regulated multi-agent systems. The workshop intends to bring together active researchers to present and debate recent developments.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
We particularly encourage authors to submit innovative and original papers that report on
Position papers and papers describing ongoing work are welcome as well.
Proceedings will be available at the workshop. Revised and extended versions of selected papers will be published as part of a Springer LNCS volume.
|Paper submission deadline:||March 18, 2005|
|Notifications of acceptance/rejection:||April 18, 2005|
|Camera-ready copies due:||May 22, 2005|
|Workshop Date:||July 25, 2005|
For preparation of papers to be submitted please follow the instructions for authors available at the Springer LNCS Web page: http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html. For those not using the Springer LNCS style files: The paper must be formatted in A4 size using 10 point Times. (If Times is not available, please use one of the similar fonts widely used in phototypesetting.) Printing area should be 12.2 x 19.3 cm, and the interline distance should be arranged in such a way that some 42 to 45 lines occur on a full-text page.
The length of each paper including figures and references may not exceed 12 pages. All papers must be written in English and submitted in PDF or PS format.
Authors should submit their paper by attaching it to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email should also contain paper title, author name(s), affiliation(s), contact information of the main author, and a few keywords describing the topic (eg. from the list above).
|SESSION 1: INVITED TALK (chair:
|09.10 - 10.00
||Fencing the open fields -- Empirical
considerations about the design and use of electronic institutions.
Pablo Noriega (IIIA-CSIC, Spain)
|SESSION 2: NORMS, CONTRACTS & PROTOCOLS (chair: Sascha Ossowski)|
|10.30 - 11.00
normative behaviour by the use
Davide Grossi, Javier Vazquez-Salceda, Frank Dignum and Huib Aldewereld
|11.00 - 11.30
Deliberation during Norm-Governed Practical Reasoning
Timothy Norman and Martin Kollingbaum
|11.30 - 12.00
and Describing Agent Contracts and Norms
Carlos Lucena and Viviane Torres da Silva
|12.00 - 12.30
Javier Vazquez-Salceda, Frank Dignum, John-Jules Ch. Meyer and Huib Aldewereld.
|SESSION 3: FORMAL LANGUAGES & LOGICS (chair: Javier Vázquez Salceda)|
|13.30 - 14.00
modelling and monitoring social expectations in multi-agent systems
|14.00 - 14.30
Open Multi-Agent Systems
Gustavo Carvalho, Carlos Lucena, Paolo Alencar, Hyggo Almeda, Viviane Silva and Rodrigo Paes.
|14.30 - 15.00
Contract Deontic Design Language for Multiagent
Christophe Garion and Leendert van der Torre
|SESSION 4: E-INSTITUTIONS & VIRTUAL ORGANIZATIONS (chair: Gabriela Lindemann)|
|15.30 - 16.00
Analysing Agent-based Social Institutions
using Answer Set Programming
Owen Cliffe, Marina DeVos and Julian Padget.
|16.00 - 16.30||Applying Normative Multiagent Systems
-- A Case Study
Joris Hulstijn, Yao-Hua Tan, Leendert van der Torre and Guido Boella
|16.30 - 17.00
Institutions for modelling Norm-Regulated
MAS: an approach based on coordination artifacts
Andrea Omicini, Enrico Denti and Rossella Rubino
|17.00 - 17.30
Driven Approach to Norms in
Nicoletta Fornara, Marco Colombetti and Francesco Viganó
|Gabriela Lindemann.||Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany|
|Sascha Ossowski.||University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain|
|Julian Padget.||University of Bath, UK|
|Javier Vázquez Salceda.||Utrecht University, The Netherlands|
|Cristiano Castelfranchi||NRC Rome, Italy|
|Rosaria Conte||NRC Rome, Italy|
|Ulises Cortes||Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain|
|Paul Davidsson||BTH, Sweden|
|Marina De Vos||University of Bath, UK|
|Frank Dignum||University of Utrecht, The Netherlands|
|En Hong Chen||University of Science and Technology, China|
|Tom van Engers||Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
|Fabiola Lopez||Autonomous University of Puebla, Mexico|
|Mike Luck||University of Southampton, UK|
|Thomas Malsch||Tech. University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany|
|John-Jules Meyer||University of Utrecht, The Netherlands|
|Pablo Noriega||IIIA, CSIC, Spain|
|James Odell||Agentis, USA|
|Andrea Omicini||University of Bologna, Italy|
|Mario Paolucci||ISTC/CNR, Rome, Italy|
|Paolo Petta||Austrian Research Institute for AI, Austria|
|Juan-Antonio Rodriguez-Aguilar||IIIA, CSIC, Spain|
|Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer||Tech. University of Berlin, Germany|
|Juan-Manuel Serrano||University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain|
|Phillip Sheu||University of California, USA|
|Jaime Sichman||University of Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Carles Sierra||IIIA, CSIC, Spain|
|Mihaela Ulieru||University of Calgary, Canada|
|Wamberto Vasconcelos||University of Aberdeen, UK|
|Harko Verhagen||Stockholm University, Sweden|