[Elsnet-list] Workshop on Formal Models of Communication

A. Herzig esslli2012 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 13 17:26:34 CET 2012

Call for papers
Workshop on Formal Models of Communication
European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) 2012
06-10 August, Opole, Poland

Workshop Co-Chairs: Andrew J I Jones (Department of Informatics, King’s
College London) and Steven O Kimbrough (Wharton Business School, University
of Pennsylvania).

Invited Speakers: to be confirmed.

The workshop is organized in conjunction with the activity in SINTELNET
Working Group No. 2, on Communicative Interaction. (SINTELNET is the
European Network for Social Intelligence, FET Open Coordination Action:

Summary of the three principal workshop themes
1. Critical assessment of approaches to ACLs: in multi-agent systems
research, a number of different approaches have been taken to the
formal-logical characterisation of Agent Communication Languages (ACLs),
including the FIPA [2002] language, the commitment-based models of
Colombetti [2000] and Singh [1998], and the Jones & Parent [2007]
convention-based approach. (For an overview see Chopra et al. [in press].)
2. Theories of signalling: philosophical analyses of communicative action,
in the tradition of Austin, Grice and Searle, formed the principal
background to work on ACLs. However, the prospect of alternative
foundations is emerging from theories of signalling, informed by – in
particular – games theory and evolutionary biology. (See, e.g., Skyrms
3. Deception: there exist a number of philosophical and formal-logical
analyses of deception - see, e.g., Adler [1997], Sakama & Caminada [2010].
It would be of interest to compare these with the accounts offered in
signalling theory, and to raise the question of whether the phenomenon of
deception has been adequately accommodated in models of ACLs.
We invite papers (not exceeding 15-20 pages) on topics relating principally
to one or more of those three themes.

Submission Procedure
papers (pdf) should be submitted to Andrew Jones: andrewji.jones at kcl.ac.uk
Deadline for submissions: 02 March 2012
Notification: by 01 May 2012
Publication: it is possible that the proceedings of the workshop may be
published in the FOLLI subseries of Springer’s LNCS, or in the Journal of
Logic, Language and Information (JOLLI).

FIPA [2002] FIPA Communicative Act Library Specification.
Colombetti [2000] Colombetti, M., "A commitment-based approach to agent
speech acts and conversations", Proceedings of the Workshop on Agent
Languages and Communication Policies, 4th International Conference on
Autonomous Agents (Agents 2000), Barcelona, Spain, pp.21-29, 2000.
Singh [1998]  Singh, M.P., "Agent Communication Languages: Rethinking the
Principles", IEEE Computer 31, 12 (Dec.), pp.40-47, 1998.
Jones & Parent [2007] Andrew J I Jones and  Xavier Parent,  "A
Convention-based Approach to Agent Communication Languages", Group Decision
and Negotiation 16, pp. 101-14, 2007.
Chopra et al. [in press] Amit Chopra, Alexander Artikis, Jamal Bentahar,
Marco Colombetti, Frank Dignum, Nicola Fornara, Andrew J I Jones, Munindar
P. Singh, Pinar Yolum, "Research Directions in Agent Communication", ACM
Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology, 26 pp., in press.
Skyrms [2010] Brian Skyrms, Signals – Evolution, Learning & Information,
Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2010.
Adler [1997]  Adler, J.E., "Lying, deceiving, or falsely implicating",
Journal of Philosophy 94(9), pp.435-452, 1997.
Sakama & Caminada [2010] Chiaki Sakama and Martin Caminada, "The Many Faces
of Deception" in: Proceedings of the Thirty Years of Nonmonotonic Reasoning
(NonMon at 30), Lexington, KY, USA, October 2010.
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