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Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems
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Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms in Agent
Workshop of ECAI'06
COIN @ ecai'06
Riva del Garda, Italy
August 28, 2005
Call For Papers
Aims and Scope
In recent years, social and organizational aspects of agency have become
a major issue in MAS research. Recent applications of MAS on Web
Services, Grid Computing and Ubiquitous Computing enforce the need for
using these aspects in order to ensure social order within these
environments. Openness, heterogeneity, and scalability of MAS pose new
demands on traditional MAS interaction models. Therefore, the view of
coordination and control has to be expanded to consider not only an
agent-centric perspective but societal and organization-centric views as
The overall problem of analyzing the social, legal, economic and
technological dimensions of agent organizations within the co-evolution
of agent interactions provide theoretically demanding and
interdisciplinary research questions at different levels of abstraction.
The MAS research community has addressed these issues from different
perspectives that have gradually become more cohesive around the four
notions that give title to the workshop: coordination, organization,
institutions and norms.
In order to reach those different research communities working in
related topics, COIN will facilitate and coordinate the organization of
twin yearly events co-located with large international conferences,
diverse in focus and geographically.
While this year’s twin event (in AAMAS ‘06) will focus on the
complementary normative or prescriptive aspects involved in agent
coordination, this workshop will focus on the organizational aspects of
agent interactions, such as those involved in:
* Modeling multi-agent organizations
* Models and architectures for social agents
* Social science background for regulated MAS: Roles, authority,
motivation, social power and other social relationships and
* Coordination and interaction conventions, technologies and artifacts.
* Electronic institutions and virtual organizations.
* Coordination in emergent agent organizations
* Organization design, monitoring and adaptation
* Engineering organizations (validation, implementation and tools
for agent organizations
* Scaling and control issues in agent organizations
* Norms, institutions and organizations: authority, power,
dependence, penalty and sanctions, contracts, trust, reputation as
regulating tools for autonomous agents within organizations
* Application of organizational theory to MAS
* Simulation, analysis and verification of dynamics of multi-agent
* Dynamic, adaptive and emergent organizational structures
* Practical application examples for (aspect of) agent organization
systems: applications of agent organizations to knowledge
management, CSCW, workflow, etc.
* Human-Computer interaction in agent organizations, specifically
balancing authority between agents and users
* Additional topics related to the organization of agent systems
Proceedings will be available at the workshop. It is planned to publish
revised and extended versions of the papers as a Springer LNCS volume
Preparation and submission of papers
Paper submission is possible only by email. Authors are requested to
send a pdf file attached to an email message to Eric Matson at
eric.matson at wright.edu. The message should contain the paper title,
author name(s) and affiliation(s), contact information of one of the
authors, and an abstract of at most 200 words. The abstract must
identify the main topics of the paper. Full papers should have a maximum
of 5 pages and must be formatted using the ECAI style.
* April 15, 2006 Workshop paper submission deadline.
* May 10, 2006 Notification of workshop paper acceptance.
* May 24, 2006 Workshop camera ready copy submission.
* Aug 28-29, 2006 Workshop date August 28th
University of Torino
Dipartimento di Informatica
ENS Mines Saint-Etienne
Wright State University
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Knowledge Engineering and Machine Learning Group
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