Collaborative Agents -- REsearch and Development 2009 (CARE 2009)

Venue: Melbourne University

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Event Date/Time: Dec 01, 2009 End Date/Time: Dec 01, 2009
Registration Date: Nov 30, 2009
Early Registration Date: Oct 30, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Oct 27, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Oct 30, 2009
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Collaboration is required when multiple agents achieve complex goals that are difficult or impossible to attain for an individual agent. This collaboration takes place under conditions of incomplete information, uncertainty, and bounded rationality, much of which has been previously studied in economics and artificial intelligence. However, many real world domains are characterised by even greater complexity, including the possibility of unreliable and non-complying collaborators, complex market and incentive frameworks, and complex transaction costs and organisational structures. This workshop's thematic focus is on collaborative and autonomous agents that plan, negotiate, coordinate, and act under this complexity.

This workshop aims to foster discussions on computational models of collaboration in distributed systems, addressing a range of theoretical and practical issues. We seek contributions of members in research and industry that use the agent paradigm to approach their problems.

Some issues of interest of this workshop are:

* How to enable agents to reach and maintain joint agreements in complex organisational and market driven domains.
* How to develop a comprehensive agreement formation/maintenance framework applicable to many application domains.
* How to build and extend MAS that work efficiently in partially regulated markets (instead of free or fully regulated markets).
* How to identify and represent conceptual/formal components of organisational structures (e.g., health care and other service-oriented domains).
* How organisational structures influence the negotiation of agents and the distribution/execution of tasks.
* Similarly, what are the implications of a partially regulated market on negotiation/distribution/execution of tasks.
* How to design markets that are adequate for agents to act with incomplete and uncertain information of the behaviour of collaborating agents.
* How to cope with unreliable and non-conformant collaborators, where agreements are made but are not always conformed with.
* Which measures of optimality and efficiency are useful in evaluating models of collaboration by means of theory and simulation.
* How can interventions and incentive structures assist in reaching and maintaining agreements.
* How to assign transaction costs to actions in the planning, assignment, and execution stages (e.g., costs incurred by reaching and maintaining agreements).
* How can transaction costs influence the social outcome of the system which is further influenced by the organisational context under which the collaboration takes place.
* Can lessons learnt in game theoretic computation inform collaborative agent settings.
* How can agents collectively acquire knowledge about their environment, and their collaborative tasks.

The one day workshop will feature a mixture of invited talks, discussions and submitted contributions describing current work or work in progress in collaborative agent research and technology. The workshop environment fosters open discussions among all participants, particularly encouraging students to discuss their research topics and seek feedback from senior agent researchers.


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Important Dates

Abstract submission: October 27, 2009
Full paper submission: October 30, 2009

Notification: November 10, 2009
Camera ready: November 20, 2009


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