Call for Participation
on Normative Multiagent Systems
15-16 July, 2008
Camera ready upload at website http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=normas2008
with DEON 2008, 15-18 July, 2008
CALL FOR PAPERS
Norms are essential for artificial agents that are to display behaviour comparable to human intelligent behaviour or collaborate with humans. Norms play a central role in many social phenomena such as coordination, cooperation, decision-making, etc. There is an increasing interest in the role of norms in societies, both inside and outside the agent community. NorMAS therefore focuses on normative multiagent systems.
Normative multiagent systems combine theories and frameworks for normative systems with multiagent systems. Thus, these systems provide a promising model for human and artificial agent co-ordination, because they integrate norms and individual intelligence. They are a prime example of the use of sociological theories in multiagent systems, and therefore of the relation between agent theory and the social sciences, e.g., sociology, philosophy, economics, legal science, etc.
Normas08 follows Normas05 and Normas07.
Normas05 was held on April 12 and 13, 2005 at the University of Hertfordshire, England as part of AISB conventions organized by the Society of the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (http://normas.di.unito.it/zope/aisb05/). The best papers were presented in a double special issue of Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory Journal of Springer (http://www.springerlink.com/content/9508t27tr9279617).
Normas07 was held on March 18-23, 2007 as the Dagstuhl Seminar 07122 (http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=07122). The best papers were presented in a forthcoming special issue of Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (Springer).
NorMAS provides an excellent opportunity to meet researchers studying norms in cognitive science, social sciences, agent theory, computer science, philosophy, etc. to discuss the current state and identify potential future directions and research issues.
NorMAS 2008 extends its focus on the traditional view of norms by introducing the topic of commitments, often used in MAS to model protocols.
TOPICS OF INTEREST
The topics of this workshop include, but are not restricted to, the following issues:
- multiagent or society level:
- balancing dynamics and statics at the agent (micro) and agent society (macro) level
- coordination based on normative multiagent systems
- emergence of conventions, norms, roles, and normative multiagent systems
- combining conventions with regulative, permissive, constitutive and other types of norms
- relation between NorMAS and contracts, security, and (electronic) institutions
- commitments vs obligations
- commitments, protocols and Agent Communication Languages
- agent level:
- alternatives to and extensions of the homo economicus and BDI logics
- extending logical frameworks to encompass norms in agent decision making
- how to implement theories of norms in artificial agents
- policies and commitments
- applications of NorMAS:
- multiagent social simulation models containing norms
- mixing artificial and human agents in hybrid social systems
We welcome both theoretical work (formal models, representations, specifications, logics, verification) and implementation-oriented work (architectures, programming languages, design models, simulations, prototype systems) on these specific topics.
Authors are invited to submit an original, previously unpublished, research paper pertaining to any of these topics. The paper should be in English, and should be no longer than 15 pages, or approximately 7500 words. The first page should contain the full name and contact information for at least one of the authors, and it should contain an abstract of no more than ten lines. Authors should submit their papers electronically, in .pdf format at the website : http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=normas2008
Authors should consult the instructions on the website for submitting their papers electronically. (Anyone who is unable to send the paper electronically and wishes to submit hard copies should inquire for details from one of the program co-chairs at the addresses given below.) Authors are especially encouraged to use the Springer LNCS styles if possible; these are available at http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html. The deadline for submission is March 15 2008.
March 15, 2008: submission deadline
April 20: notification of acceptance
May 20: deadline for final, camera-ready versions
July 15 and 16, 2008: NorMAS 2008 workshop
July 16-18, 2008: DEON'08 conference
Publication will be provided to all participants. As in the previous editions, a selection of papers will published in a special issue of a relevant journal.
GENERAL AND PROGRAM CO-CHAIRS
Dipartimento di Informatica
Università di Torino
Individual and Collective Reasoning
Computer Science and Communication
University of Luxembourg
Munindar P. Singh
Department of Computer Science
North Carolina State University
Department of Computer and Systems Sciences
Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University.
Thomas Agotnes, Bergen University College, Norway.
Olivier Boissier, ENS Mines Saint-Etienne, France.
Rafael Bordini, Durham University, UK.
Jan Broersen, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Pompeu Casanovas, UAB-Institute of Law and Technology, Barcelona. Spain
Stephen Cranefield, U. of Otago. New Zealand.
Mehdi Dastani, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Paul Davidsson - BTH, Sweden.
Frank Dignum, Utrecht University. The Netherlands.
Maria Fasli - Essex University, UK.
Nicoletta Fornara, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland.
Aldo Gangemi ISTC-CNR Rome, Italy.
Guido Governatori, The University of Queensland, Australia.
Davide Grossi, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Jomi F. Hübner,
Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), Brasil.
Joris Hulstijn, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Michael Luck, King's College London, UK.
John-Jules Ch. Meyer, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Eric Matson, Wright State University, USA).
Pablo Noriega, IIIA-CSIC, Spain.
Eugenio Oliveira, Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
Andrea Omicini, University of Bologna, Italy.
Ossowski, University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain.
University of Bologna, Italy.
Carles Sierra IIIA-CSIC, Spain.
Luca Tummolini ISTC-CNR, Italy.
Wiebe van der Hoek,
University of Liverpool, UK
Huib Aldewereld, Frank Dignum, Loris Penserini and Virginia Dignum. Norm Dynamics in Adaptive Organisations
Giulia Andrighetto, Marco Campenni, Federico Cecconi and Rosaria Conte. How Agents Find out Norms: A Simulation Based Model of Norm Innovation
Jose Carmo. Collective action, direct action and dynamic operators
Laurence Cholvy and Stéphanie Roussel. Consistency and completeness of regulations
Carolina Felicíssimo, Jean-Pierre Briot, Caroline Chopinaud and Carlos Lucena. DynaCROM: An Approach to Implement Regulative Norms in Normative Multiagent Systems
Valerio Genovese, Roberto Grenna, Leon van der Torre and Matteo Baldoni. Adding Organizations and Roles as Primitives to JADE Framework
Guido Governatori and Antonino Rotolo. Changing Legal Systems: Abrogation and Annulment. Part II: Temporalised Defeasible Logic
Davide Grossi, Dov Gabbay and Leon van der Torre. A Normative View on the Blocks World
Andreas Herzig, Emiliano Lorini, Jomi Fred Hubner, Jonathan Ben-Naim, Cristiano Castelfranchi, Robert Demolombe, Dominique Longin and Laurent Vercouter. Prolegomena for a logic of trust and reputation
Sindhu Joseph, Pilar Dellunde, Marco Schorlemmer and Carles Sierra. Formalizing Deductive Coherence: An Application to Norm Adoption
Tiago de Lima, Lambèr Royakkers and Frank Dignum. Towards a formalization of responsibility
Clara Smith and Antonino Rotolo. Collective trust and normative agents
Allard Tamminga and Barteld Kooi. Conditional Obligations in Strategic Situations
Serena Villata. Institutional Social Dynamic Dependence Networks