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Subject:

CfP: ENGINEERING SELF-ORGANISING APPLICATIONS (ESOA'2003)

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Nigel Gilbert <[log in to unmask]>

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Nigel Gilbert <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 25 Jan 2003 16:02:45 +0000

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            C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S


        The First International Workshop on

    ENGINEERING SELF-ORGANISING APPLICATIONS (ESOA'2003)

    -- http://www.co.umist.ac.uk/~mcaihak2/esoa-cfp.html --


                   to be held in conjunction with
     The Second International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents &
Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2003) Melbourne, Australia

                           and the
     Tutorial on Engineering Self-Organizing Applications
(http://www.erim.org/~sbrueckner/AAMAS_ESOA_tutorial/index.html)


                  14 or 15 July 2003
           -------------------------------


INTRODUCTION

Self-organising applications (SOAs) take inspiration from biology, the
physical world, chemistry, or social systems. Typical examples of
SOAs are systems that reproduce socially-based insect behaviour, such as
robots or Artificial Life. Furthermore, due to the autonomy of their
components, and the locality of their interactions, multi-agent systems
also exhibit self-organising behaviour. The global behaviour of these
complex systems emerges from the interactions between the different
entities or agents that form the whole system. The main characteristic
of all these applications is their ability to achieve complex collective
tasks with relatively simple individual behaviour, without central
control or hierarchy.

The spread of the Internet, mobile communications, and the change of
traditional market models, such as in e-commerce, result in the whole
information infrastructure operating as a global dynamic system.
Therefore, software must adapt to personal requirements, by providing
highly customised services to a huge user population. New maintenance
requirements have to be met, i.e. software that cannot be stopped must
still evolve. In a large interconnected system, this is a task beyond
centralised management techniques.

A way to meet these requirements is to utilise the emergent properties
of distributed interacting software -- to utilise concepts such as
self-organising and self-regulation. However in artificial systems,
environmental pressures, local interactions and control may lead to
unpredicted or undesirable behaviour. Understanding how to engineer
self-organisation is thus central to the development of SOAs on a large
scale, and consequently to the development of complex multi-agent
systems. From one hand, multi-agent simulations and analytic modeling
can be used to study emergent behaviour in real systems. Conversely,
results issued from complexity theory can be applied for engineering
both multi-agent systems, and self-organising systems.

The goal of this workshop is to open a dialog among practitioners from
diverse fields, including: agent based systems, information systems,
distributed systems, complex systems, optimisation theory and non-linear
systems, neural networks, and evolutionary computation.  The workshop
will focus on multi-agent systems as self-organising systems, and on new
techniques for modeling, shaping, measuring, and maintaining emergent
behaviour in large scale distributed software applications. The workshop
represents an important opportunity for those active or interested in
self-organisation and emergent behaviour research, to hear about current
work, discuss future directions and priorities, and form invaluable
research contacts.


TOPICS OF INTEREST:

The main topics of interest include but are not restricted to:

    Self-organisation in MAS
      * Self-organising behaviour in multi-agent systems
      * Emergent behaviour in multi-agent systems
      * Spontaneous formation of coalition in multi-agent systems
      * Coordination mechanisms in self-organising agent communities


    Methodologies, Models, Tools
      * Methodologies for engineering self-organisation
      * Models, methods and tools for achieving global coherent behaviour
      * Self-organising theories, methods and algorithms applied to
        multi-agent systems
      * Designing complex agent systems
      * Designing self-organising systems with agents
      * Formal approaches to handling local/global agent behaviour
      * New approaches for modeling emergence in agent societies
      * Self-organising software characterisation frameworks
      * Self-organising assessment metrics
      * Approaches to handling scalability and maintenance in
        emergent computing systems
      * Performance engineering for emergent computing systems
      * Game theoretic approaches to emergence in multi-agent systems
      * Cellular automata approaches to emergence in multi-agent systems
      * Self-organisation to support multi-agent scalability


    Applications/Simulations
      * Agent-based simulations of self-organising societies
      * Industrial self-organising applications
      * Simulations and analytic models of emergent behaviour
      * Applications of self-organising multi-agent systems
        to networks, or e-commerce
      * Self-organisation in business
      * Emergent information systems
      * Self-organising networks
      * Self-organisation in P2P and Grid systems
      * Autonomic computing systems


RELATED EVENTS

Tutorial on Engineering Self-Organizing Applications
http://www.erim.org/~sbrueckner/AAMAS_ESOA_tutorial/index.html

Evolutionary Game Theory for Learning in MAS, workshop at AAMAS'03,
Melbourne, 2003

Spray Computers: Explorations in Self-Organization for Pervasive
Computing,
tutorial at PerCom'03, Dallas-Fort Worth, 2003.
http://www.percom.org/tutorials.htm

Challenges in Open Agent Systems'03, workshop at AAMAS'03, Melbourne,
2003
http://www.agentcities.org/Challenge03/





SUBMISSIONS

Papers are solicited for any of the topics of interest listed above. We
invite contributions of different kinds. We solicit regular research
papers which may report on:

      * completed work;
      * description of current, but mature, work in progress;
      * discussion papers comparing different approaches, or account of
        practical experiences of using self-organisation in industrial or
        research applications.

The submission should not exceed 10 pages in the ACM conference
proceedings style (http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html).
It must be sent either in PostScript format or in PDF format.
(submission procedure to be announced).



PUBLICATION

All accepted papers will be available on the day of the workshop in a
set of working notes. Accepted papers will also made available in
electronic format before the day of the workshop.  We subsequently aim
to publish a common volume collecting the best papers from this workshop
and additional contributions in a volume titled: "Self-Organising
Applications: Issues, challenges and trends". The goal is to produce a
comprehensive update on today's active research in the field.


IMPORTANT DATES

Paper submission deadline: 31st March, 2003
Notification of acceptance: 30th April, 2003
Camera ready due: 15th May, 2003
Workshop: July 14 or 15, 2003


LOCATION

This Workshop will be held in Melbourne together with the AAMAS 2003
conference.


ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Enquiries should be directed to the workshop organisers:

Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo
University of Geneva
Centre Universitaire d'Informatique
24, rue General-Dufour
CH-1211 Geneva 4, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 705 76 69
Fax: +41 22 705 77 80
email: [log in to unmask]


Anthony Karageorgos
Emergent Information Systems Group
Department of Computation
UMIST
Sackville Street, Manchester M60 1QD, UK
Tel: +44 (0)161 2003306
Fax: +44 (0)161 2003324
email: [log in to unmask]


Omer F. Rana
Department of Computer Science and Welsh E-Science/Grid Centre 5 The
Parade, Cardiff University PO Box 916 Cardiff CF24 3XF, UK
Tel: +44 (0)2920 875542
Fax: +44 (0)2920 874598
email: [log in to unmask]


Franco Zambonelli
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Via Allegri 13 - 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)522-406356
Fax: +39 (0)59-2056126
email: [log in to unmask]



PROGRAM COMMITTEE

* Karl Aberer, EPFL, Switzerland
* Yaneer Bar-Yam, New England Complex Systems Institute, USA
* Rene te Boekhorst, University of Hertfordshire, UK
* Sven Brueckner, Altarum, USA
* Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
* Noria Foukia, University of Geneva, Switzerland
* Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey, UK
* Maria Gini, University of Minnesota, USA
* Salima Hassas, University of Lyon, France
* Jeff Kephart, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA
* Mark Klein, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
* Ghita Kouadri Mostefaoui, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
* Soraya Kouadri Mostefaoui, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
* Marco Mamei, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
* Philippe Massonet, CETIC, Belgium
* Evaggelos Milios, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
* Radhika Nagpal, MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, MIT, USA
* N. C. Narendra, Hewlett-Packard, India
* Andrea Omicini, University of Bologna, Italy
* H. Van Dyke Parunak, Altarum, USA
* Daniel Polani, University of Hertfordshire, UK
* David Servat,  Laboratoire d'Informatique Appliquee, LIP6, Paris,
France
* Simon Thompson, BT Exact Technologies, UK
* Mihaela Ulieru, University of Calgary, Canada
* Chris Van Aart, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
* Tom Wagner, Honeywell Laboratories, USA
* David Wolpert, NASA Ames Research Center, USA



*********************************************************************

--
Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo      http://cui.unige.ch/~dimarzo

________________________________________________________________________
__
Professor Nigel Gilbert, FREng, AcSS, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor
of
Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, UK. +44 (0)1483
689173

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