Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Programming frameworks, languages, models and abstractions for all aspects of MAS
    • cognitive notions such as beliefs, goals, plans
    • social, organizational and normative aspects
    • agent coordination
    • agent communication, trust, commitments and reputation
    • contracts, negotiation policies
    • mobile agents
  • Formal methods and declarative technologies for specification, verification and engineering of MAS
    • semantics for multi-agent programming languages
    • model checking agents and multi-agent systems
    • modal and epistemic logics for agent modeling
    • game theory and mechanism design for multi-agent systems
    • semantics of agent communication
    • (constraint) logic programming approaches to agent systems
    • distributed constraint satisfaction
    • declarative approaches to engineering agent-based systems
    • high-level executable multi-agent specification languages
    • algorithms for multi-agent programming (e.g., coordination, cooperation, negotiation)
  • MAS software engineering methodologies and techniques, and development concerns
    • software architectures for multi-agent systems
    • qualities and tradeoffs of agent-based architectures
    • goal-oriented design
    • reusable design knowledge: patterns and reference architectures
    • modeling languages for agents and MAS
    • testing of agent-based software
    • fault tolerance and load balancing for mobile MAS
    • safety and security for mobile MAS deployment
    • autonomy vs. dependability and robustness
    • security and trust in multi-agent systems
  • Interoperability and integration
    • interoperability and standards for MAS
    • standardization efforts for multi-agent systems
    • integration of multi-agent and mainstream technologies
    • integration of agents with legacy systems
    • middleware integration of agent-based software
    • implications of introducing agent-based solutions on the development organization
  • Tools and testbeds
    • benchmarks and testbeds for comparing multi-agent programming languages and tools
    • CASE tools to support agent-oriented software development in practice
    • agent/environment/interaction/organization development tools and platforms
    • generic tools and infrastructures for multi-agent programming
    • coordination infrastructures for multi-agent systems
  • Using MAS techniques for
    • engineering self-organizing or self-adaptive systems
    • systems of systems engineering
    • service-oriented computing and semantic web
    • multi-agent based simulation
    • social engineering
    • concurrent and distributed systems
    • grid computing
    • pervasive computing
  • Empirical studies and (industrial) experience reports on engineering MAS applications for domains:
    • e-health
    • e-commerce
    • e-learning
    • socio-technical systems
    • social networks
    • (human-)robot systems
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