Call for Papers

Agreement Technologies refer to computer systems in which autonomous  software agents negotiate with one another, typically on behalf of  humans, in order to come to mutually acceptable agreements. An agent  may choose whether to fulfil an agreement or not, and it should fulfil  it when there is an obligation to do so derived from the standing  agreements. Autonomy, interaction, mobility and openness are key  concepts studied within the AT approach. Semantic alignment, Semantic Services Coordination, Collective deliberation & Judgement, Negotiation, Argumentation, Agreements in Virtual Organizations, are part of the sandbox to define, specify and verify such systems. 

The first International Conference on Agreement Technologies is an  interdisciplinary forum that brings together researchers and  practitioners working on the various topics comprising this emergent  and vibrant field. It provides an avenue to discuss and exchange new  ideas and techniques for the design, implementation and verification  of next generation open distributed systems centered on the notion of  agreement among computational agents. The conference is supported by COST Action IC0801 on Agreement Technologies.    

The conference will take place in Dubrovnik, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in Europe. Dubrovnik is a city with a unique political and cultural history (Dubrovnik Republic, Dubrovnik Statute from 1272), and world famous monumental heritage and beauty (inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List). It is located on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Dalmatia.

Topics of interest:

  •  Argumentation, negotiation
  •  Trust and reputation
  •  Coordination and distributed decision making
  •  Computational Social Choice
  •  Semantic alignment
  •  Intertheory Relations
  •  Decision and game theoretic foundations for agreement
  •  Agent Commitments
  •  Semantic Service Coordination
  •  Normative Systems
  •  Individual reasoning about norm adoption
  •  Collective deliberation about norm adoption
  •  Autonomic Electronic Institutions
  •  Group planning agreements
  •  Deliberative Agreement: social choice and collective judgment
  •  Evolution of organisational structures
  •  Social intelligence
  •  Logics for Agreements
  •  Realtime agreements
  •  Agreement patterns
  •  Agreement technologies architectures, environments and methodologies
  •  Applications of agreement technologies (e.g. web service composition, contract automation, supply chain automation, sensor networks, etc.)

Paper Submission

We encourge submission of original papers from the above-mentioned or other related areas.

Each submission should be in one of the following categories:

Full Papers:
Papers in this category should represent original and previously unpublished work that is currently not under review in any conference or journal. Both basic and applied research papers are welcome. Papers should not exceed 15 pages including references and figures.

Position Papers:
Contributions in this category may represent either a summary of original work that has already been published in a conference or journal (in this case submissions must include explicitly a reference to the already published work), or a summary of original results obtained as a product of STSMs funded by the Agreement Technologies Cost Action, or ongoing research that can lead to important contributions to Agreement Technologies. Submissions in this category should not exceed 2 pages.

All submissions must  be written in English and formatted according to the Springer LNCS style, which can be obtained from http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html.

Submissions must be done via easychair at  https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=at2012

All papers will be reviewed.

The conference proceedings will be published with CEUR-WS.org.

We also plan a special issue of an ISI ranked Journal for extended versions of high-quality papers describing original, novel research.

Further details will be announced soon.

Additional information