[Elsnet-list] Last CFP: 2nd International Workshop on Coordination and Organisation (CoOrg 2006)

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==================== Call for Submissions ===========================

                      CALL FOR PAPERS

  2nd International Workshop on Coordination and Organisation
                        (CoOrg 2006)

                    in conjunction with
         Distributed Computing Techniques (DisCoTec06)

                        June 13 2006
                       Bologna, Italy


Workshop goals
The aim of the workshop is to study the role of coordination in
organisations, for example, the models recently developed in the
field of multi-agent systems. Organisations embody a powerful way to
coordinate complex behaviour in human society. Different models of
organisations exist, from bureaucratic systems based on norms to
competitive systems based on markets. Moreover, organisational
concepts allow to structure the behaviour of complex entities in a
hierarchy of encapsulated entities: departments structured in roles,
organisations structured in departments, and societies structured in
organisations. Organisations specify the interaction and
communication possibilities of each of these entities, abstracting
from the implementation of their behaviour.

Organisational models have been studied in the last years in agent  
with the goal of modelling coordination in open systems. This is also  
to the need to ensure social order within multi-agent system  
like Electronic Institutions, Supply Chain Management, social  
Workflow Management, and Web Services. In these applications, openness,
heterogeneity, and scalability pose new challenges on traditional
multi-agent system organisational models. It becomes necessary to
integrate organisational and individual perspectives and to promote the
dynamic adaptation of models to organisational and environmental  

Organisational concepts are used frequently for coordination purposes in
different areas of computer science. For example, roles are used in  
control, conceptual modelling, programming languages and patterns.
Contracts are used in design by contract, and services are used in web
services and service level agreements. Message-based communication is  
in networking. Finally, coordination techniques are used in formal  
of organisations to analyse or simulate them. In contrast, most
coordination languages refer mostly to different kinds of metaphors,  
blackboards, shared dataspaces, component composition and channels.

Special attention will be devoted this year to the notion of role. Roles
are of particular importance for coordination as they are used to model
the interaction among agents in a context. The attention of the computer
science community towards roles is witnessed by events like the AAAI  
Symposium 2005 on Roles (<http://normas.di.unito.it/zope/roles05>) and
the ECOOP'05 Workshop Views, Aspects and Roles
Although coordination is usually said to be of a multidisciplinary  
the links between organisations and coordination have never received
proper attention at the coordination conferences. CoOrg 2006, as part of
Coordination 2006, will provide an excellent opportunity to meet
researchers studying coordination and organisations in cognitive  
social sciences, agent theory, computer science, philosophy, etc., to
discuss the current state of the art and identify potential future
directions and research issues.

Topics of interest
The topics of this symposium include, but not restricted to, the  

* implementation of coordination and organisation models for multi-agent
      o organisation-oriented programming
      o programming languages for coordination and organisation
      o organisation based software engineering
      o organisational patterns
* organisational concepts and methods for coordination
      o role-based coordination
      o contract-based coordination
      o coordination in normative multi-agent systems
      o service-oriented coordination
* coordination techniques for organisations
      o normative systems
      o markets
      o authority and power
      o trust
* interorganisational coordination
      o control of autonomy in coordination
      o integration and coordination of organisations
      o dynamic reconfiguration of multi-agent system organisations
* applications of coordination and organisation
      o multi-agent social simulation models
      o disaster management
      o supply chain management
  o workflow management

Invited speaker
To be announced

The papers accepted for the symposium will be available at the workshop.
Moreover, selected work will be published in a volume of ENTCS.

Important Dates
  * March 31, 2006: Submissions deadline
  * May    8, 2006: Notification of authors
  * May   22, 2006: camera ready copies deadline
  * June  13, 2006: Workshop

The length of each paper including figures and references must be
between 10 and 15 ENTCS style pages. All papers must be submitted in
PDF or postscript format. Papers are to be submitted through the
following web address:
Submissions should explicitly state their contribution and their
relevance to the theme of the workshop. Other criteria for selection
will be originality, significance, correctness, and clarity.
Simultaneous or similar submissions to other conferences or journals
are allowed, when this is indicated on the first page of the submitted

Guido Boella, Universita' di Torino, Italy
Mehdi Dastani, Intelligent Systems Group Utrecht University
Andrea Omicini, Universita' di Bologna in Cesena.
Leon van der Torre, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Program committee
- Farhad Arbab, CWI Amsterdam and University Leiden, The Netherlands
- Olivier Boissier, Systemes Multi-Agents G2I, ENSM.SE Saint-Etienne,  
- Cristiano Castelfranchi, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and  
Technologies, Italy
- Kevin Crowston, Syracuse University, USA
- Jean-Marie Jacquet, University of Namur, France
- Vasant Honavar, Iowa State University, USA
- Joris Hulstijn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Victor Lesser, University of Massachussets, USA
- Sascha Ossowski, University Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
- Alessandro Ricci, Universita' di Bologna, Italy
- Luigi Sauro, University of Torino, Italy
- Pierre-Yves Schobbens, Institut d'Informatique University of Namur,  
- Carles Sierra, IIIA of the Spanish Research Council, Barcelona, Spain
- Mirko Viroli, Universita' di Bologna, Italy
- Franco Zambonelli, Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
- Gianluigi Zavattaro, Universita' di Bologna, Italy

Prof. Andrea Omicini
mailto:andrea.omicini at unibo.it

DEIS, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
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