MASTA 2007 - 4th Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems: Theory and Applications (MASTA 2007)

Venue: Guimaraes

Location: Guimaraes, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Dec 03, 2007 End Date/Time: Dec 07, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Jun 30, 2007
Paper Submission Date: Jun 30, 2007
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4th Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems: Theory and Applications

Since 1993 the area of Multi-Agent Systems/Distributed Artificial Intelligence has been present in the EPIA conferences, both as individual tracks in the main conference and as autonomous workshops. Focusing on a fundamental area of research in Artificial Intelligence, the 4th MASTA workshop will be, in the context of EPIA’07, the forum for presenting and discussing the most recent and innovative work in the area of multi-agent systems.

Departing, from the end of the 1980’s, from the two main branches of Decentralized AI and Distributed Problem Solving, research in Distributed Artificial Intelligence/Multi-Agent Systems has developed in areas of increase specialisation and autonomy as diverse as: agent-oriented programming and software engineering; cognitive modelling; swarm intelligence; coordination in MAS; social organisation modelling; social simulation; agent architectures; and many more.

Today, besides the existence of countless application areas, theoretical research in these topics has also a great activity and development. Being a young research area, a lot of work is still to be done, both on its foundations and on the methodological approaches that will allow for a better grounding of the results obtained.

Topics of Interest

- Agent Architectures
- Agent Programming Languages
- Agent-Based Applications
- Agent-Oriented Software Engineering
- Automated Negotiation and Decision Making
- Artificial Social Systems
- Cognitive models, including emotions and philosophies
- Cooperative Information Agents
- Communication: languages, semantics, protocols, and conversations
- Cooperation, Coordination and teamwork in MAS
- Ethical and legal issues raised by Agents and MAS
- Multi-Agent Evolution, Adaptation and Learning
- Multi-Agent Simulation & Modelling
- Formal Methods for Modelling Agent-Based Systems
- Scalability and Performance of MAS
- Industrial and Commercial Applications

Scope - Technical Description

Following the previous workshops on autonomous software agents and multi-agent systems that have been organized in the context of the EPIA conferences (MASTA in 1997, 2001 and 2005), the purpose of this workshop is to provide a high-profile, internationally respected discussion forum on the most recent and innovative scientific research and applications in the areas of multi-agent systems and autonomous agents. As in previous occurrences of MASTA, the unifying focus of the workshop will be on the methodological aspects. Both theoretical research and more practical one should be situated in the context of existing/new methodologies for agent-oriented software engineering. This framework is not intended to preclude any specific topic, but preference will be given to research work establishing some connection with the methodological aspects or to successful applications built upon some existing or developing methodology. Theoretical papers should make clear the significance and relevance of the theoretical results to the Multi-Agent community, while more practical, applied ones, should clearly relate to the state of the art and make clear their own contribution.

Paper Submission

Submissions must follow the guidelines specified in the conference site.
Authors must remove their names from the submitted papers, and should take reasonable care not to indirectly disclose their identity. The Springer LNCS format must be used (instructions in

Paper submissions will be made in PDF format, through the submission page available in EPIA 2007 website.

More detailed and up-to-date information, including types and maximum lengths of submissions, may be found in


Workshop papers of higher quality will be selected for publication in the main volume of the conference proceedings, to be published by Springer, in the LNAI series. The remaining accepted papers will be published in local workshop proceedings, in hard-copy, in CD-ROM and in the web.

Conference Site

Further and up-to-date information can be found in the official site of the conference at:

Important Dates

30-Jun-07 Paper Submission Deadline
28-Jul-07 Author Notification
01-Set-07 Deadline for Final Camera-Ready Copies
03/07-Dec-07 EPIA Conference

Organising Committee

Luis Paulo Reis
LIACC – Laboratório de Inteligência Artificial e Ciência de Computadores, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465, Porto, Portugal Tel. +351 91 9455251 / Fax. +351 22 5081443

João Balsa
Departamento de Informática,
Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, Bloco C6, Piso 3, Campo Grande, 1700 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: +351 21 7500508 / Fax: +351 21 7500084

Paulo Novais
Departamento de Informática,
Universidade do Minho
Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga
Tel: +351 253 604437 / Fax: +351 253 604471

Eugénio Oliveira
LIACC – Laboratório de Inteligência Artificial e Ciência de Computadores, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n, 4200-465, Porto, Portugal Tel. +351 22 5081829 / Fax. +351 22 5081443

Program Committee

Ana Paiva (IST, Univ. Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal) Ana Paula Rocha (Universidade do Porto, Portugal) Andrea Omicini (DEIS, Italy) Andreia Malucelli (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Curitiba, Brazil) António Rocha Costa (Univ. Católica de Pelotas, Brazil) Cristiano Castelfranchi (ISTC/CNR ,Italy) David Hales (Università di Bologna, Italy) Eugénio Oliveira (Universidade do Porto, Portugal) Hélder Coelho (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) Isabel Praça (ISEP/IPP, Portugal) Sherief Abdallah (British Univ.Dubai, UAE) Jaime Sichmann (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil) João Balsa (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) João Leite (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal) John-Jules Meyer (University of Utrecht, Netherlands) Jordi Sabater (IIIA, CSIC, Spain) Jorg Muller (Siemens AG, Germany) Jorge Louçã (ISCTE, Portugal) Julian Padget (University of Bath, UK) Klaus Fischer (DFKI, Germany) Luis Antunes (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) Luís Moniz (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) Luís Nunes (ISCTE, Portugal) Luís Paulo Reis (Universidade do Porto, Portugal) Marie-Pierre Gleizes (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III, France) Mark d'Inverno (Westminster University, UK) Mikhail Prokopenko (CSIRO ICT Centre, Sidney, Australia) Nikos Vlassis (Technical University of Crete, Greece) Nuno Lau (Universidade de Aveiro,
Portugal) Oliver Obst (University of Koblenz, Germany) Paolo Petta (Austrian Research Institute for AI, Austria) Paul Guyot (NII, Tokyo, Japan) Paul Valckenaers (Katholic University Leuven,
Belgium) Paulo Leitão (IP Bragança, Portugal) Paulo Novais (Universidade do Minho, Portugal) Reinaldo Bianchi (FEI – São Paulo, Brazil) Virginia Dignum (University of Utrecht, Netherlands) Wojtek Jamroga (Clausthal University of Technology, Germany) Yves Demazeau (IMAG, Grenoble, France)