January 19, 2011

  Call For Papers

The area of Multi Agent Systems (MAS) has gained popularity, as a viable problem solving paradigm in a variety of domains. MAS are viewed as communities or societies of computing and problem-solving engines that can operate either individually or as part of the society, interacting with both the environment as well as the other engines to achieve their own individual goals and/or joint goals of the society. Research in MAS has expanded to embrace contributions from a variety of communities, including artificial intelligence, natural language processing, distributed computing, and philosophy.

Logic, in general, and logic programming, in particular, continue playing an important role in both the modeling as well as the implementation and deployment of MASs. Logic programming offers a powerful paradigm for the construction of individual intelligent agents, enabling the formalization of knowledge, beliefs, goals, and in the development of models and algorithms for several reasoning and problem solving tasks, such as planning and diagnosis.

Moreover, logic and logic programming can play a part in the representation of features that are specific to the interactions among agents, such as ability to reason about other agents’ goals and knowledge, communication and communication protocols, negotiation, cooperation and competition, and analysis of agent groups and emergent cooperative behavior.

The aim of this workshop is to explore the application of Logic Programming to MAS. The focus of the workshop will be on multi-agent rather than single agent issues, with emphasis on co-operative and conflicting agents, where there could be common and joint goals as well as goals for individual agents. In such contexts, reasoning about other agents' goals and beliefs, communication, negotiation, belief revision and conflict resolution could be essential for the achievement of the goals of the agents.

Scope

The workshop will provide a forum for presentation of ongoing research and new ideas and initiatives in the area of logic programming support and applications in MAS. As a forum of discussion, we welcome contributions from both established as well as preliminary and ground-breaking new projects. The workshop is designed not only as a venue for discussing current research, but also as an open forum for the identification of promising directions and discussion of possible collaborations among groups with complementary expertise. We plan to include in the program of the workshop a round-table discussion, which we hope will converge on the development of a challenge paper to the LP/MAS community.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
  • Logic programming to formalize agents in MAS, e.g.,
    • Interaction protocols
    • Negotiation
    • Argumentation in MAS
    • Representation of knowledge and beliefs
  • MAS reasoning tasks in LP, e.g., planning, diagnosis, prediction
  • Logic programming platforms for MAS
  • Evaluation and empirical studies of LP-based MAS systems
  • Investigation of extensions of LP to meet the needs of MAS systems

We solicit submissions in the following forms
  • Technical papers: a technical paper is limited in length to 15 pages;
  • System paper: a system paper is limited in length to 6 pages and it is aimed at highlighting the features of a MAS system or implemented platform, available for the public to download and use.
Both technical papers and system papers are to be prepared using the standard LNCS format  (see also http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). Submissions should be performed using the Easychair submission site located at: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lpmas2011.

Papers will be technically reviewed by the workshop program committee. Authors of papers accepted for presentation are expected to register for the workshop and present their work at the event.
The proceedings of the workshop will be made available on-line in the Computing Research Repository (CoRR). A special issue of a journal with extended versions of selected submissions will be also considered.

Important Dates:
  • Papers Submission: May 31st, 2011
  • Author Notification: June 10th, 2011
  • Camera-Ready: June 18th, 2011
  • LPMAS'11:  July 9th or 10th, 2011