[ecoop-info] [Lpmas] LPMAS CFP

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LPMAS 2011: International Workshop on Logic Programming and Multi-Agent Systems
Date: July 9 or 10, 2011
Location: Lexington, Kentucky

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.

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.,
            o  Interaction protocols
            o  Negotiation
            o  Argumentation in MAS
            o  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
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

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2011
Notification of Acceptance: May 20th, 2011
Camera-ready Due: June 10th, 2011
Workshop: July 9 or 10, 2011

Chitta Baral, Arizona State University
Chiaki Sakama, Wakayama University
Joao Leite, New University of Lisbon
Francesca Toni, Imperial College
Paolo Torroni, University of Bologna
Andrea Formisano, University of Perugia
Agostino Dovier, University of Udine
Gerhard Brewka, University of Leipzig
Matteo Baldoni, University of Torino
Birna van Riemsdijk, Technical University of Delft

For more information and submission instruction, please see
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