5th Multi-Agent Systems: Theory and Applications (MASTA_09)

Venue: University of Aveiro

Location: Aveiro, Portugal

Event Date/Time: Oct 12, 2009 End Date/Time: Oct 15, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Apr 15, 2009
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5th Multi-Agent Systems: Theory and Applications - MASTA'2009
October, 12-15, 2009, Aveiro, Portugal

The 5th Multi-Agent Systems: Theory and Applications (MASTA'2009) will
be held as a Thematic Track of the 14th Portuguese Conference on
Artificial Intelligence (EPIA'2009), October, 12-15, 2009, in Aveiro,

Aims and Scope and Topics
The purpose of this thematic track is to provide a discussion forum
on the most recent and innovative work in the areas of multi-agent
systems and autonomous agents.

Some topics of special interest are:
* 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
* Communication: languages, semantics, protocols and conversations
* Cooperation, Coordination and teamwork in MAS
* Electronic Institutions
* Ethical and Legal issues raised by Agents and MAS
* Formal Methods for Modelling Agent-Based Systems
* Industrial and Commercial Applications
* Multi-Agent Evolution, Adaptation and Learning
* Multi-Agent Simulation & Modelling
* Scalability and Performance of MAS
* Trust and Reputation in MAS

Important Dates
Deadline for paper submission: April 15, 2009
Notification of paper acceptance: May 31, 2009
Deadline for final versions: July 15, 2009
Conference dates: October 12-15, 2009

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 subject of research in the scientific area
of Artificial Intelligence, the 5th Edition on Multi-Agent Systems:
Theory and Applications – MASTA'2009 thematic track will be, in the
context of EPIA'2009, 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 Artificial Intelligence 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.

Submission and Reviewing Process
Submission of papers is made electronically through the Conference
website. Authors must remove their names from the submitted papers,
and should take reasonable care not to indirectly disclose their
identity. Papers should be no longer than 12 pages including figures
and references, and should be formatted according to the Springer's
LNCS/LNAI format, following the instructions on Springer’s site.

All papers will be reviewed by, at least, three members of the
Program Committee.

Papers of higher quality will be selected for publication in a book
published by Springer, in the LNAI series. All other accepted papers
will be published in the local thematic track proceedings.

Registration in the EPIA Conference is mandatory to attend MASTA
thematic track.

Thematic Track Organizers
Ana Paula Rocha, arocha@fe.up.pt (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Paulo Urbano, pub@di.fc.ul.pt (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Cesar Analide, analide@di.uminho.pt (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)

Program Committee
Ana Lucia Bazzan (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Ana Paula Rocha (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Andrea Omicini (DEIS, Italy)
Andreia Malucelli (Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Curitiba, Brazil)
Antonio Rocha Costa (Universidade Catolica de Pelotas, Brazil)
Carlos Martinho (IST, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal)
Cesar Analide (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Edmund Durfee (University of Michigan, USA)
Eugenio Oliveira (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
F. Amilcar Cardoso (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
Graca Gaspar (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Helder Coelho (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Isabel Praca (ISEP/IPP, Portugal)
Jaime Sichmann (Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Joao Balsa (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
John-Jules Meyer (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Jordi Sabater (IIIA, CSIC, Spain)
Jorg Muller (Clausthal Unversity of Technology, Germany)
Jorge Louca (ISCTE, Portugal)
Jose Machado (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Julian Padget (University of Bath, UK)
Luis Antunes (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Luis Botelho (ISCTE, Portugal)
Luis Macedo (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
Luis Nunes (ISCTE, Portugal)
Luis Paulo Reis (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Marie-Pierre Gleizes (Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III, France)
Michael Fisher (University of Liverpool, UK)
Mikhail Prokopenko (CSIRO ICT Centre, Sidney, Australia)
Nuno Lau (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal)
Oliver Obst (CSIRO ICT Centre, Sidney, Australia)
Paolo Petta (Austrian Research Institute for AI, Austria)
Paulo Leitao (IP Braganca, Portugal)
Paulo Novais (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Paulo Urbano (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Reinaldo Bianchi (FEI - Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Rosaldo Rossetti (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Virginia Dignum (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Wojtek Jamroga (Clausthal University of Technology, Germany)
Yves Demazeau (LIG, CNRS, France)


Additional Information

Additional information about the 5th MASTA thematic track can be found at the Conference website (http://epia2009.appia.pt/masta) or asked for by e-mail, using the address masta2009@appia.pt