[loginf] CFP: AMAI Special Issue on Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems

João Alexandre Leite jleite at di.fct.unl.pt
Mon Sep 2 19:10:26 CEST 2002


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                         Call for Papers

        Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence

                         Special Issue on

            Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems

Special Issue Editors:
Jürgen Dix (The University of Manchester, UK)
João Alexandre Leite (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)
KenSatoh (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)

           http://centria.di.fct.unl.pt/~jleite/amai03/

              Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2002
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About the Special Issue:

Multi-agent  systems  (MAS)  have become an increasingly important
area  of  research,  not  least  because  of  the  advances in the
Internet and Robotics. However multi-agent systems can become very
complicated,  and,  consequently, reasoning about the behaviour of
such  systems  can  become  extremely  difficult. Therefore, it is
important  to  be able to formalise multi-agent systems and, to do
so  in  such  a  way that allows automated reasoning about agents'
behaviour.  The  purpose  of  this  Special  Issue  is  to present
techniques, based on computational logic (CL), for reasoning about
multi-agent  systems  in a formal way. This is clearly a major and
exciting  challenge  for  computational  logic. We have to develop
techniques  to  deal  with  real world issues and applications. We
solicit  papers  that  address  CL-related  formal  approaches  to
multi-agent  systems . The approaches as well as being formal must
make  a  significant  contribution  to the practice of multi-agent
systems.  Relevant  techniques  include the following (but are not
limited to):

Nonmonotonic reasoning in MAS
Planning in MAS
Adaptability and learning in MAS
Knowledge representation in MAS
Temporal reasoning in MAS
Negotiation, co-operation, competition and communication in MAS
Verification of MAS
Decision theory for MAS
Distributed problem solving in MAS
Significant applications of MAS

Submission  Details:

We  are  expecting  full  papers  to describe original, previously
unpublished   research,   be   written  in  English,  and  not  be
simultaneously   submitted  for  publication  elsewhere  (previous
publication   of   partial  results  at  workshops  with  informal
proceedings  is  allowed). Papers should be formatted according to
the   Instructions   for   AMAI   submissions   (to  be  found  at
http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/1012-2443 ) and should be between
20  and  40 pages long: We also require the following issues to be
addressed:

CL:        An  introduction that includes statements about how the     
           paper addresses the exploitation of CL for MAS;
MAS:       An explanation of which aspect/functionality of MAS the
           paper formalises;
Examples:  Example(s)  which  give  an  intuitive  motivation  and
           explanation of the formalisation.

Please   submit  a  PostScript  or  PDF  file  of  your  paper  to
dix at cs.man.ac.uk by the 1st of October 2002.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2002
Author Notification: December 15, 2002
Final Paper Deadline: February 15, 2003
Special Issue: September 2003

About the Special Issue Editors:

Jürgen Dix  is a Reader at The University of Manchester, UK. He is
also  member  of  the CS Department at the Technical University of
Vienna,  where  he is lecturing regularly. He worked since 1989 in
several  areas  of  Computational  Logic  (nonmonotonic reasoning,
logic  programming, deductive databases, knowledge representation)
and, lately, also in Multi-Agent Reasoning.

João Alexandre Leite  is a researcher at the Center for Artificial
Intelligence (CENTRIA), New University of Lisbon, Portugal. He has
been   doing  research  on  logic  programming  and  non-monotonic
reasoning, with particular emphasis on the problem of representing
and  reasoning  about  dynamic  knowledge,  and its application to
multi-agent systems.

Ken Satoh  is  a  professor of National  Institute of Informatics,
Japan. He has been doing research on theoretical foundations of AI
such  as  nonmonotonic  reasoning, preference-based  reasoning and
case-based  reasoning. He is also  interested  in formalization of
multi-agent systems  and  application  of  the  above reasoning to
multi-agent systems.

About Annals of Math and AI:

Annals  of  Mathematics  and  Artificial  Intelligence  (AMAI)  is
devoted  to reporting significant contributions on the interaction
of   mathematical  and  computational  techniques  reflecting  the
evolving   disciplines   of  artificial  intelligence.  Annals  of
Mathematics  and  Artificial Intelligence publishes edited volumes
of  original  manuscripts,  survey  articles,  monographs and well
refereed conference proceedings of the highest caliber within this
increasingly  important  field.  All papers will be subject to the
peer  reviewing  process  with  at  least  two referees per paper.

Inquiries:
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Please send your inquires to dix at cs.man.ac.uk.





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