COMPUTING, SOFTWARE, AND NEXT DECADE: 60, 30, AND 10

30th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference


Chicago, September 17-21, 2OO6

International Workshop on Engineering Semantic Agent Systems (ESAS 2006)

International Workshop on

Engineering Semantic Agent Systems

(ESAS 2006)

 

In conjunction with

30th IEEE Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2006)

 

And co-located with IEEE CS CoSTEP Conferences

2006 IEEE International Conference on Web Services (ICWS 2006)

 2006 IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2006),

2006 Int. Workshop on Software Technology and Engineering Practice (STEP 2006)

Call For Papers: html  doc txt

WORKSHOP THEME:
Applying Semantic Web Technologies in Research and Development of
Software Agents, Mobile Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

Semantic web technologies render dynamic, heterogeneous, distributed, shared content equally accessible to human reader and software agents. Here the vision is to achieve a synergy with multi-agent systems (MAS) technologies whereby agents will be in the center stage. Distributed agents functioning autonomously can utilize semantic Web content to gather and aggregate knowledge, reason and infer new results towards achieving their goals and generating new knowledge. Such knowledge in turn may be disseminated and used to achieve the shared goal of the agents system.

Other workshops have so far missed to garner the synergy of both technologies by taking up either the semantic web aspect or the agent aspect of the common research issue. Topics of interest span a wide spectrum of both theory and practice of agent architectures, software agents, mobile agents, autonomous semantic agents, context-aware intelligent agents, agents as semantic web services, multi-agent systems, agent communities, cooperation and goal seeking through sharing policy and ontology, safety & security in systems, other QoS issues, ...

Mobile agent and MAS technologies are crucial in realizing multi-party application systems. Semantic Web technologies augment MAS by enabling agents with functioning based on the semantics of their mission and of the world around them. Agents, implemented as Web services in developing distributed control and processing applications, entail interesting consequences such as situation awareness, semantic composition of services, context sensitive long-lasting transactions, effecting service policies and quality levels, etc. Complex applications could become realizable with novel features such as factory floor automation for flexible production, collaborative discovery of uncharted geography (for example, cooperative labyrinth discovery), traffic management and info dissemination with facilitation of emergency services, financial markets forecasting with optimization of portfolio gain, etc.

We envisage a strong undercurrent of intelligent software agents, mobile agents, and MAS running through this workshop. Side by side with the use of semantic Web technologies, several foci of interest are threaded:

  • Software Agents, Mobile Agents, and MAS: issues relating to architecture, implementation, coordination, service levels, etc. of semantic or otherwise agents.
  • Agent, MAS and Semantic Web Technologies: concomitant utilization of specific technologies in agent, MAS, and semantic Web implementations; semantic agent communities & applications; case studies of best-practice MAS applications; projects in the making;
  • Ontologies for Agents and MAS: agent cooperation ontology; ontology of workflow in MAS; ontologies for distributed applications; sharing and semantic interoperability; discovery and operations on ontologies;
  • Platforms for agent and MAS implementation: languages, frameworks, tools, integrated development environments and software engineering practices supporting semantic or otherwise software agent & MAS architectures, coordination, trust & security mechanisms, description, discovery and composition of agent-based services.
  • Other subjects of relevance to software agents, mobile agents, agent-based and multi-agent systems.

IMPORTANT DATES

Apr 1 , 2006: deadline for paper submission. (Deadline Extended to Friday April 14)
May 15, 2006 notification of acceptance
June 25, 2006 camera-ready due

SUBMISSION

Original papers not being submitted to journals or other conferences will be considered. All submitted papers will be reviewed by the program committee according to its originality, significance, correctness, presentation and relevance. We encourage authors to present position papers on practical studies and experiments, critique of existing work, emerging issues, and novel ideas under development.

Papers must be submitted electronically via the ESAS 2006 Submission Page. Manuscripts will be limited to 6 pages including all figures, tables, and references. The format of submitted papers must follow the IEEE conference proceedings guidelines (i.e., 8.5" x 11", Two-Column Format (PDF, DOC); Layout Guide (PDF, DOC).

Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings of the 30th IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2006). At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must register as a full participant of the workshop for the paper to be included in the proceedings.

 

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

Atilla ELCI (Chairman)
Internet Technology Research Center
and Dept. of Computer Engineering,
Eastern Mediterranean University,
Famagusta, Northern Cyprus, Turkey
E-mail

Mamadou Tadiou Kone (Co-Chair)
Dept. of Computer Science,
Faculty of Science and Engineering,
Laval University, Qubec, Canada
E-mail

 

Tharam S. Dillon (Co-Chair)
eXel Lab and Dean,
Faculty of Information Technology,
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
E-mail

 

 

 

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

 

Asuman DOGAC Middle East Technical University,
Turkey
Michal PECHOUCEK Czech Technical University,
Czech Republic
Hasan DAVULCU Arizona State University,
U.S.A.
Marin DIMITROV OntoText Lab,
Bulgaria

 Alex ABRAMOVICH

Gordon College,
Israel

 Vadim ERMOLAYEV

Zaporozhye State University,
Ukraine

 M. Osman UNALIR

 Egean University,
Turkey

M.Adeeb GHONAIMY Ain Shams University,
Egypt
Martin GAEDKE University of Karlsruhe,
Germany
Aleksander PIVK Jozef Stefan Insitute,
Slovenia
Rainer UNLAND University of Essen,
Germany
Stephen J.H. YANG National Central University,
Taiwan
Jan TREUR Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,
The Netherlands
Michael STOLLBERG DERI Innsbruck,
Austria, and
Stanford University, USA
Jiming LIU Hong Kong Baptist University,
Hong Kong
John-Jules Meyer Universiteit Utrecht,
The Netherlands
Schahram Dustdar Vienna University of Technology,
Austria
Goran Zugic Semantion, Inc.,
Canada
Eyal OREN DERI Galway,
Ireland
Brahim Medjahed University of Michigan,
USA
Vijayan Sugumaran Oakland University,
USA
Elizabeth Chang Curtin University of Technology,
Australia
Ismail Khalil Ibrahim Johannes Kepler University,
Austria
Mohamed Aborizka Arab Academy for Science and Technology,
Egypt
Eui-Hyun Jung Anyang University,
Korea
Mustafa Jarrar STARLab, Vrije Universiteit,
Belgium
Giancarlo Guizzardi Laboratory for Applied Ontology (ISTC-CNR),
Italy
Alia Abdelmoty Cardiff University,
UK
Stanislav Pokraev Telematica Instituut,
The Nederlands
Ahmad Kayed Applied Science University, Jordan;
SNC- Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (on leave)
C. Maria Keet University of Bozen-Bolzano,
Italy
Fausto Giunchiglia University of Trento,
Italy
Ibrahim Gokcen General Electric Co. Global Research Center,
USA
Pieter De Leenheer Semantics Technology & Appls Research Lab., Vrije Universiteit,
Belgium
Paolo Giorgini University of Trento,
Italy
Vitaliy Mezhuev Berdyansk State University,
Ukraine
R. Rajesh Bharathiar University,
India
Laurentiu Vasiliu DERI Galway
Ireland
Markus Schaal Bilkent Univ.
Turkey
Khalil A. ABUOSBA Arab Academy- B & F
Jordan
Zeki BAYRAM Eastern Mediterranean Univ.
TRNC
Alexander KOSTIN Eastern Mediterranean Univ.
TRNC
Mustafa RIZA Eastern Mediterranean Univ.
TRNC

 

The Program Committee is being formed. Those interested in joining may contact the workshop chairman by supplying following information:

  • Name, position and affiliation

  • Contact numbers and mailing address

  • E-mail and Web site addresses

  • Research interests and a list of relevant publications

  • A brief biography.

 

LIKELY PARTICIPANTS

We expect researchers and practitioners of software agents, mobile agents, MAS and semantic Web technologies to propose papers and to attend the workshop. Those with interest in agents and agent-based systems, semantic or otherwise, are welcome. Researchers working on the following are especially encouraged to propose papers: realization of multi-agent systems through semantic web technology, ontology-based agent applications, distributed control and processing applications, security, interoperability, service levels and quality issues in such systems. Enterprises and research centers developing languages, IDEs and tools that can be used in the implementation of the above are encouraged to propose demo and tutorial. Our objective is to explore unifying software engineering methodologies used in implementing semantic MAS applications across domains.

 

POST-WORKSHOP ACTIVITY

The authors of a number of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their papers for possible publication in Multiagent and Grid Systems - An International Journal, IOS Press: ISSN 1574-1702 http://www.iospress.nl/flyers_j/15741702.pdf. A special issue may as well be possible.

 

GENERAL INQUIRIES

For updated information, please contact the workshop chair Atilla.Elci@EMU.edu.tr.