May 13, 2008, Estoril, Portugal (EU)
Chairs: Bernhard Jung, Fabien Michel, Alessandro Ricci and Paolo Petta
at2ai6 (aT( ofai.at
Held at the
Seventh International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
Petta P., Müller J.P. (ed.): Best of "From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation 4",
Applied Artificial Intelligence, 20(2-4), 2006.
Petta P., Müller J.P. (ed.): Best of "From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation 3",
Applied Artificial Intelligence, 16(9-10), 2002.
Petta P., Müller J. (ed.): From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation: Best of AT2AI-1,
Applied Artificial Intelligence, 14(7), 2000.
"From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation" (AT2AI) is a forum to
present and discuss experiences and innovative ideas that help to
strengthen the connection and dialogue between theory and practice of
AT2AI builds upon the success of previous editions that promoted the exchange of ideas and experiences, needs and opportunities between researchers, practitioners and further stakeholders working on and with the whole range of theoretical and application-oriented aspects of agent technology. Of particular relevance to the workshop are reflections that share insights and lessons learnt when applying specific agent theories or technologies to application problems, or, from the recipients' end, when contracting agent technologies to provide a service envisioned. The workshop will critique methods, methodologies, and other tools meant to help system designers to perceive the full range of options offered by the agent-oriented approach and to accomplish the mapping between available agent technology and application needs. Other stakeholders should be rewarded with a better understanding of the current potential of and challenges for agent-oriented systems.
Previous AT2AI editions produced a first blueprint of a layered ecology of technologies for the development of agent based applications (see AT2AI-3 and the editorial: "Engineering Agent Systems: Best of ``From Agent Theory to Agent Implementation (AT2AI-3)'' " of Applied Artificial Intelligence 16(9-10):671-676, 2002). This perspective considers middleware, tools, off-the shelf platforms, integrated development environments (IDEs), and the like, with respect to their practical value to improve the application performance delivered. The qualities of these support technologies can in turn be improved and better exploited with the design of architectural frameworks and the deployment of standards. The evolution of these in turn can be assisted by the development of sound theoretical foundations and related formal methods. Methodologies are considered as working know-that and know-how, capturing and maintaining the best practises how to identify, align, and process application- and environment-derived (bottom-up) and support technology related (top-down) requirements and options.
m ---------------------------------------------------+ e | | t theoretical foundations | | h | | o -----------------------------------------+ | | d | | | | o standards | | | | l | | | | o -------------------------------+ | | | | g | | | | | | i middleware | | | | | | e | | | | | | s ---------------+ | | | | | | | | | | | | | IDEs | APPLICATIONS | tools | | | | | | | | | | | | | | +----------------+ | | | | | | off-the-shelf platforms | | | | | +--------------------------------+ | | | | architectures | | | +------------------------------------------+ | | formal methods | +----------------------------------------------------+
AT2AI also compiled an updated inventory against the maturing agent field: the status of logic-based approaches was addressed in particular; but evidence was also provided for how routine consideration of a multitude of perspectives is finally starting to meet the requirements posed by serious application needs (including e.g. issues of privacy and flexible access right management). These results have been published in the triple issue of Applied AI 20(2-4), 2006.
AT2AI-6 is aimed at pushing the envelope further still, as more substantial experiences with more sizeable and persisting systems deployed become available. In addition to the understanding of what approaches and aspects can contribute in which ways to system resilience, sustainability, and other properties of practical importance, further reflection is now starting to identify inherent dynamical properties that are particular to agent-oriented systems and that may enable to expand the range of application support significantly. This for example includes consideration of the pros and cons of functional and physical approaches to encapsulation, and accepting and devising solutions to cope with limited control over the environment and system coherence at the macro level.
This workshop has strong links to two other AAMAS workshops: Agent Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE) and Programming Multi-Agent Systems (ProMAS). These workshops will coordinate their activities, including the organisation of a joint session. Details will be published on the AT2AI-6 web site in due course.
Topics of interest therefore include, but are not limited to:
|Paper submission deadline:|
|!!! extended deadline !!!|
|Notifications of acceptance/rejection:|
Accepted papers are provided to participants of the workshop
as working notes.
Available for download are the informal workshop working notes as well as individual papers (in the Workshop Schedule, below).
Selected contributions of previous editions AT2AI were
published in the journal Applied Artificial Intelligence.
For the 2008 edition, we again plan to compile a special issue out of revised and extended versions of selected papers arising out of the workshop discussions. It is to appear with e.g. Applied AI or Multi-agent and Grid Systems (MAGS).
|09:00||Keeping Balance up Sisyphus Path:|
Thoughts on Bringing Innovation in BPM through Agent Technology
|09:45-11:00||Session 01: Agent-oriented control|
|09:45||Implementing a Cognitive Model in Soar and ACT-R: A Comparison|
Tijmen Muller, Annerieke Heuvelink and Fiemke Both
|10:00||Resource Coordination Deployment for Physical Agents|
Bianca Innocenti, Beatriz López Ibáñez and Joaquim Salvi Mas
|10:15||Interaction among agents that plan|
Felipe Meneguzzi and Michael Luck
|10:30||Reactive agent mechanisms for scheduling manufacturing processes|
Ask Just Jensen, Kasper Hallenborg and Yves Demazeau
|11:25-13:00||Session 02: Practice-driven AOSE|
|11:30||A Universal Criteria Catalog for Evaluation of Heterogeneous Agent Development Artifacts|
Lars Braubach, Alexander Pokahr and Winfried Lamersdorf
|11:45||Agent Programming in Practise - Experiences with the JIAC IV Agent Framework|
Benjamin Hirsch, Stefan Fricke, Olaf Kroll-Peters, and Thomas Konnerth
|11:55||From a Generic MultiAgent Architecture to MultiAgent Information Retrieval Systems|
Andrea Addis, Giuliano Armano and Eloisa Vargiu.
|12:05||Enhancing Multi-Agent Systems with Peer-to-Peer and Service-Oriented Technologies|
Marco Mari, Agostino Poggi, Michele Tomaiuolo and Paola Turci
|12:15||Comparative Efficiency and Implementation Issues of Itinerant Agent Language on Different Agent Platforms|
Abdullah Almuhaideb, Kutila Gunasekera, Arkady Zaslavsky and Seng Loke
|12:25||MAMT: an environment for modeling and implementing mobile agents|
Héla Hachicha, Adlèn Loukil and Khaled Ghedira
Lunch Break (at hotel Miragem galeria)
|14:25-15:10||Session 03: Agent Modelling|
|14:30||Modeling Multi-Agent Systems through Event-driven Lightweight DSC-based Agents|
Giancarlo Fortino, Alfredo Garro, Samuele Mascillaro and Wilma Russo
|14:45||Component based models and simulation experiments for multi-agent systems in James II|
Jan Himmelspach, Mathias Röhl and Adelinde Uhrmacher
|15:10-16:00||Session 04: Collaboration&Decision Support|
|15:10||An Agent Model for Collaborative Ubiquitous Environments|
Marco Locatelli, Marco Loregian and Giuseppe Vizzari
|15:20||Implementing reactive BDI agents with user-given constraints and objectives|
Aniruddha Dasgupta and Aditya Ghose
|15:30||Enhance Collaboration in Diabetic Healthcare for Children using Multi-agent Systems|
Peng Zhang, Bengt Carlsson and Stefan J. Johansson
|16:25-17:50||Session 05: Clarifying the notion of "Agent"|
|16:30||Issues for Organizational Multiagent Systems Development|
Emilia García, Estefania Argente, Adriana Giret, Vicente Botti
|16:45||A Verification by Abstraction Framework for organizational Multi-Agent Systems|
Nicolas Gaud, Vincent Hilaire, Stéphane Galland, Abderrafiaa Koukam and Massimo Cossentino
|16:55||A Semantic Description For Agent Design Patterns|
Luca Sabatucci, Massimo Cossentino and Salvatore Gaglio
|17:05||An Executable Activity Theory Based Framework for Early Requirements Analysis|
Rubén Fuentes-Fernández, Jorge Gomez-Sanz and Eva Ullán
Porfírio Silva, Rodrigo Ventura and Pedro Lima
|After & beyond the AT2AI-6 workshop|
|18:20-19:20||Session 06: Joint Session AOSE - AT2AI6 - PROMAS (Room XII)|
|Bernhard||Jung||bernhard.jung @AT@ ofai.at|
|Fabien||Michel||fabien.michel @AT@ univ-reims.fr|
|Alessandro||Ricci||a.ricci @AT@ unibo.it|
|Paolo||Petta||paolo.petta @AT@ ofai.at|
We are also grateful to the following additional reviewers:
Nejla Amara, Yudistira Asnar, Volha Bryl, Ludivine Crepin, Fabiano Dalpiaz, and Marc-Philippe Huget.