Call for Papers: 9th International Workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies

9th International Workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies (DALT 2011)
2 or 3 May 2011
Taipei, Taiwan
(held in conjunction with AAMAS 2011)


The workshop  on Declarative Agent Languages  and Technologies (DALT), in  its ninth  edition this  year,  is a  well-established forum  for researchers  interested  in  sharing  their experiences  in  combining declarative  and  formal approaches  with  engineering and  technology aspects  of agents  and  multiagent systems.   Building complex  agent systems calls for models  and technologies that ensure predictability, allow for  the verification of properties,  and guarantee flexibility.
Developing  technologies  that can  satisfy  these requirements  still poses  an  important   and  difficult  challenge.   Here,  declarative approaches  have the  potential of  offering solutions  satisfying the needs   for  both  specifying   and  developing   multiagent  systems.
Moreover,  they  are gaining  more  and  more  attention in  important application   areas  such  as   the  semantic   web,  service-oriented computing, security,  and electronic contracting.

DALT 2011 will be held as a satellite workshop of AAMAS 2011, the 10th International  Joint Conference  on Autonomous  Agents  and Multiagent Systems,  in May  2011 in  Taipei, Taiwan.   Following the  success of
eight previous editions, DALT will again aim at providing a discussion forum to  both (i) support  the transfer of declarative  paradigms and techniques  to   the  broader  community  of   agent  researchers  and practitioners, and (ii) to bring  the issue of designing complex agent systems  to  the  attention  of  researchers  working  on  declarative languages and technologies.


DALT topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

General themes:

  • specification of agents and multiagent systems
  • declarative approaches to engineering agent systems

Formal techniques:

  • (constraint) logic programming approaches to agent systems
  • distributed constraint satisfaction
  • modal and epistemic logics for agent modelling
  • game theory and mechanism design for multi-agent systems
  • semantics of agent communication
  • model checking agents and multi-agent systems

Declarative models:

  • declarative models of agent beliefs, goals and capabilities
  • declarative models of bounded rationality
  • declarative approaches for agent-based grid computing
  • declarative paradigms for the combination of heterogeneous agents
  • declarative approaches to organizations and electronic institutions
  • agent-inspired declarative approaches to Web services and service-oriented architectures

Applications of declarative techniques to:

  • agents and the semantic web
  • multi-agent systems for service-oriented computing
  • agent-based grid computing
  • agent communication and coordination languages
  • protocol specification and conformance checking
  • declarative description of contracts and negotiation policies
  • security and trust in multiagent systems

Evaluation of declarative approaches:

  • experimental analysis of declarative agent technologies
  • industrial experiences with declarative agent technologies

We  welcome and  encourage  the submission  of high-quality,  original papers, which  are not being submitted  simultaneously for publication elsewhere.  Papers  should be written in  English, formatted according to the Springer LNCS style,  and not exceed 16 pages. Paper submission is electronic via the conference website.

Printed copies of  the proceedings will be available  at the workshop. Assuming a sufficient number of high-quality submissions, we are again going to  consider the publication of formal  post-proceedings with an
international  publisher.   The post-proceedings  of  DALT 2003  (LNAI 2990), DALT 2004  (LNAI 3476), DALT 2005 (LNAI  3904), DALT 2006 (LNAI 4327),  DALT 2007 (LNAI  4897), DALT  2008 (LNAI  5397) and  DALT 2009 (LNAI  5948) have  been published  by Springer-Verlag  in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.

The dates below are tentative;  please check the workshop Web page for confirmed dates.
Submission Deadline:             23 January 2011
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection:     25 February 2011
Camera Ready Due:             7 March 2011
Workshop:                 2 or 3 May 2011


  • Thomas Agotnes, Bergen University College, Norway
  • Marco Alberti, University of Ferrara, Italy
  • Natasha Alechina, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Cristina Baroglio, University of Torino, Italy
  • Rafael Bordini, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Jan Broersen, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Federico Chesani, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Amit Chopra, University of Trento, Italy
  • Francesco M. Donini, University of Tuscia, Italy
  • James Harland, RMIT University, Australia
  • Andreas Herzig, Paul Sabatier University, France
  • Koen Hindriks, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Shinichi Honiden, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Joao Leite, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Yves Lesperance, York University, Canada
  • Viviana Mascardi, University of Genova, Italy
  • Nicolas Maudet, University of Paris-Dauphine, France
  • John-Jules Meyer, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Peter Novak, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
  • Fabio Patrizi, University of Rome, Italy,
  • Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University, USA
  • David Pym, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Michael Rovatsos, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Flavio Correa da Silva, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Guillermo Simari, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
  • Tran Cao Son, New Mexico State University, USA
  • Eugenia Ternovska, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Francesca Toni, Imperial College London, UK
  • Marina De Vos, University of Bath, UK

Chiaki Sakama (Wakayama University, Japan)
Sebastian Sardina (RMIT University, Australia)
Wamberto Vasconcelos (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Michael Winikoff (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Matteo Baldoni (University of Torino, Italy)
Andrea Omicini (University of Bologna-Cesena, Italy)
M. Birna van Riemsdijk (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
Tran Cao Son (New Mexico State University, USA)
Paolo Torroni (University of Bologna, Italy)
Pinar Yolum (Bogazici University, Turkey)
Michael Winikoff (University of Otago, New Zealand)