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COIN @ WI-IAT 2011 : 13th International Workshop on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems


When Aug 22, 2011 - Aug 22, 2011
Where Lyon, France
Submission Deadline Mar 21, 2011
Notification Due Jun 1, 2011
Final Version Due Jun 10, 2011
Categories    multi-agent systems   artificial intelligence   coordination

Call For Papers

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13th International Workshop on Coordination, Organizations,
Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems

Held at WI-IAT'11 in Lyon, France on August 22nd 2011


The pervasiveness of open systems raises a range of challenges and
opportunities for technologies in the area of autonomous agents and
multi-agent systems. Open systems comprise loosely coupled entities
interacting within a society that usually has some overall measures of
quality or efficiency. However, achieving and maintaining a "good"
society is difficult to achieve as the participating entities, their
modes of interaction or the intended purpose of the system may change
over time. Moreover, in the case of open multi-agent systems, the
autonomy of the agents can work against the effectiveness of the
society. There is therefore a need of theories, tools and techniques
for articulating and/or regulating interactions in order to make the
system more effective in attaining collective goals, and providing
guarantees (or predictability) for components/participants of open

Coordination, organizations, institutions and norms are four key
governance elements for the regulation of open multi-agent systems,
and the COIN workshop creates a space for lively debate and
exploration of these four elements that are central to the design and
deployment of open systems. Furthermore, in the last three years there
has been much interest from the Service Engineering community to adopt
agent-based coordination and organisational approaches in order to
bring flexibility and adaptiveness to new generations of
Service-Oriented applications. Thus the workshop topics are also very
relevant to the broader Service Engineering and Semantic Web


We seek to attract high-quality papers addressing mathematical,
logical, computational and pragmatic aspects of the workshop themes,
including reports on experiences with agent-oriented systems that
have been adapted for service-oriented environments.

Of particular interest are those papers reporting on challenging or
innovative views on issues within the workshop themes, papers
proposing new ideas, and position papers.


These include, but are not limited to:

* formal methods, logics, languages and tools for the specification,
verification, implementation and simulation of norms, coordination,
organizational structures and institutions;

* law of open distributed systems: regulatory compliance;

* agent societies, social networks, electronic institutions and
virtual organizations;

* formation, maintenance, evolution and dissolution of organizations,
institutions and normative multi-agent systems;

* autonomic institutions and self-organization in multi-agent systems;

* frameworks and protocols for organized and organizational

* mechanisms for flexible and adaptive governance in service-oriented

* discovery, openness and inter-operation in organizations and

* mixed human-agent coordination and institutions in virtual worlds;
participatory simulation.

* reports on implemented systems


paper submission: March 21, 2011
notification: June 1, 2011
camera-ready: June 10, 2011
workshop: August 22, 2011


The workshop will be part of the WI-IAT'11 (IEEE/WIC/ACM International
Conference on Web Intelligence & IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference
on Intelligent Agent Technology) workshop programme, and will take
place at the Campus Scientifique de la Doua, Lyon, France.


Preliminary workshop proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer
Society Press. As with previous COIN workshops, revised and extended
versions of selected papers will published in a Springer LNCS volume in
combination with the post-proceedings of the COIN@AAMAS workshop to be
held in May 2011. That volume is published as part of The Coordination,
Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems book series,
with all the indexing, referencing and follow-up benefits associated
with an established line of publication. Revised papers must take into
account the discussion held during the workshop, hence, only those
papers that are presented during the workshop will be considered for
inclusion in the post-proceedings volume.


Papers are to be submitted through the WI/IAT 2011 Workshop Paper
Submission system. The length of submitted papers should not exceed 4
pages in the IEEE-CS format. All papers must be written in English and
submitted in PDF format. Submission of a paper should be regarded as an
undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the
authors will attend the workshop to present the work.

For submission of papers, please use:


COIN Steering Committee:

Alexander Artikis (Bational Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Greece)
Eric Matson (Purdue University, USA)
Nicoletta Fornara (University of Lugano, Switzerland)
George Vouros (University of the Aegean, Greece)
Jeremy Pitt (Imperial College London, UK)
Julian Padget (University of Bath, UK)
Javier Vazquez Salceda (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain)
Viviane Torres da Silva (Fluminense Federal University, Brazil)
Wamberto Vasconcelos (University of Aberdeen, UK)

COIN@WI-IAT'11 Co-Chairs:

M. Birna van Riemsdijk (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Javier Vazquez Salceda (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain)

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