CfP 2nd Int. German Conference on Multi-agent System Technologies (MATES'04) 29.-30. Sept. Erfurt Germany

      Second International German Conference on  
      Multi-agent System Technologies (MATES'04)
                   Erfurt, Germany
              Fair and Convention center
                  29.-30. Sept. 2004


Submission of papers: May, 21, 2004  
Submission of tutorial proposals: June 18, 2004
Submission of exhibit/demo proposals: July 9, 2004
Notification of authors: June 21, 2004
Camera-ready papers: July 9, 2004

The German conference on Multi-agent system
TEchnologieS (MATES) provides an interdisciplinary
forum for researchers, users (members of business and
industry) and developers, to present and discuss
latest advances in research work, as well as
prototyped or fielded systems of intelligent agents.
The conference covers the whole range from theory to
application of agent- and multi-agent technologies in
order to promote theory and application of agents and
multi-agent systems. The conference features an
exhibition of practical applications with an advanced
concept of agency, as well as introductory and expert
keynotes/tutorials on practical aspects of agent-based
For the second time the German special interest group
on Distributed Artificial Intelligence jointly with
the steering committee of MATES organizes this
international conference in order to promote theory
and application of agents and multi-agent systems.
Building on the sequence of agent-related events in
Germany in the past such as VDI 1998 (Chemnitz),
VertIS 2001 (Bamberg), and KI 2002 (Aachen), the MATES
conference series now is exclusively devoted to agents
and multi-agent systems, and the cross-fertilization
between agent theory and application. MATES’04 is
conducted as an integral part of the fifth
international conference NetObject Days 2004 in an
exciting joint event. The conference language is
Moreover, it is co-located with other agent-related
events, especially the 8th International Woprkshop on
Cooperative Information Agents (CIA) 2004
(<>), and
the autumn FIPA (Foundation of Intelligent Physical
Agents ( <>)) meeting.
Finally, it is intended to exhibit and present the
most relevant agent platforms and real-world
agent-based applications.

The topics of interest for MATES'04 include, but are
not limited to:
Agent architectures and multi-agent platforms
Agents for e-business and e-government
Agents in novel applications, e.g. bioinformatics and
the semantic web
Agent to non-agent interoperability, mobile agents,
agent-based services
Agent-oriented software engineering 
Autonomous robots and robot teams
Coordination, collaboration, and agent communication
Interface agents, believable agents and user modelling
Modelling of teams, groups, and organizations
Commitment, delegation, responsibility, and
obligations in artificial and hybrid societies
Semantic of the dynamics of  organizational models
Roles and structures, adaptive learning and cognition
in organizational models
Multi-agent learning and planning
Negotiation, auctions, argumentation, and conflict
Robustness, fault tolerance, scalability and
performance measurement
Social simulation and cognitive modelling with agents
Standards for agents and multi-agent systems

Submission of papers: May, 21, 2004  
Submission of tutorial proposals: June 18, 2004
Submission of exhibit/demo proposals: July 9, 2004
Notification of authors: June 21, 2004
Camera-ready papers: July 9, 2004

Integral part of the technical program will be an
exhibition of a variety of tools for the development,
especially agent platforms, and prototypes of all
kinds of practical applications of agent and
multi-agent technology at the conference venue.
Introductory and advanced courses given by experts in
the field will particularly focus on practical aspects
of agent technology including the engineering and
effective use of software agents and multi-agent
systems in industrial applications in different
domains. Those who wish to present a course should
specify the topic, contents, and length of their

The proceedings of MATES'04 will be published as a
volume in the Springer series of Lecture Notes on
Artificial Intelligence (LNAI). 

For preparation of papers to be submitted please
follow the instructions for authors available at the
Springer LNCS Web page:
<>. For
those not using the Springer LNCS style files: The
paper must be formatted in A4 size using 10 point
Times. (If Times is not available, please use one of
the similar fonts widely used in phototypesetting.)
Printing area should be 12.2 x 19.3 cm, and the
interline distance should be arranged in such a way
that some 42 to 45 lines occur on a full-text page.
The length of each paper including figures and
references should not exceed 12 pages. All papers must
be written in English and submitted either in
postscript or PDF format. Papers that have been
accepted or are under review by other conferences,
workshops, or journals are not eligible for
submission. Submissions not conforming to the above
requirements may be rejected without review. In case
you submit a postscript file please check whether it
is printable on a standard postscript-level-2 printer.

You may submit your paper via E-Mail to (strongly preferred;
please send zipped PS, PDF or WinWord files only)
or by normal mail: 
In that case, please send 5 copies (unstapled pages)
of your contribution to

European region: Ingo J. Timm
University of Bremen, Center for Computing
Technologies (TZI), P.O.Box 33 04 40, 28334 Bremen,

American/Australasian/Asian region: Joerg Denzinger
University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

Program co-chairs:
Joerg Denzinger (University of Calgary, Canada)
Gabriela Lindemann (Humboldt University Berlin,
Ingo J. Timm (University of Bremen, Germany)
Rainer Unland (University Essen, Germany)

Program Committee: 
   Elisabeth Andre (University of Augsburg, Germany)
   Bernhard Bauer (University of Augsburg, Germany)
   Wolfgang Benn (Chemnitz University of Technology,
   Michael Berger (Siemens AG, Germany)
   Cherif Branki (University of Paisley, Great
   Hans-Dieter Burkhard (Humboldt University Berlin,
   Wilfried Brauer (Technische Universitaet Muenchen,
   Monique Calisti (Whitestein AG, Switzerland)
   Cristiano Castelfranchi (NRC Rome, Italy)
   Elizabeth Chang (Curtin Business School, Perth,
   En Hong Chen (University of Science and Technology
of China, Hefei, P.R.China)
   Thomas Christaller (FhG AIS Bonn, Germany)
   Paolo Ciancarini (Italy) 
   Rosaria Conte (NRC Rome, Italy)
   Stephen Cranefield (University of Otago, New
   Hanz Czap (Uni Trier)
   Ashok Deshpande (Indian Institute of Environment
Management, India)
   Tharam Dillon (University of Technology, Sydney,
   Torsten Eymann (University of Freiburg, Germany)
   Klaus Fischer (DFKI Saarbruecken, Germany)  
   Norbert Fuhr (University Duisburg-Essen, Germany) 
   Ulrich Fuhrbach (University Koblenz-Landau,
   Otthein Herzog (University of Bremen, Germany)
   Michael Huhns (USA) 
   Heinrich Hussmann (Germany) 
   Matthias Jarke (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
   Catholijn Jonker (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam,
   Liz Kendall (Australia) 
   Stefan Kirn (University of Hohenheim, Germany)
   Franziska Kluegl (University of Wuerzburg, Germany)
   Matthias Klusch (DFKI, Germany)
   Juergen Kluever (University of Duisburg-Essen,
   Ryszard Kowalczyk (Swinburne University of
Technology, Australia)
   Wolfgang Kreutzer (University of Canterbury,
Christchurch, New Zealand)
   Karl Kurbel (University Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)
   Winfried Lamersdorf (Hamburg University, Germany)
   Juergen Lind (Iteratec GmbH, Germany)
   Jiming Liu (Hong-Kong Baptist University, China)
   Mike Luck (University of Southampton, UK)
   Joerg Mueller (Siemens AG, Germany)
   Heinz-Juergen Mueller (BA Mannheim, Germany)
   Masoud Nikravesh (University of Berkeley, USA)
   Marian Nodine (Telcordia, USA)
   James Odell (USA) 
   Gregory O'Hare (University College Dublin, Dublin,
   Lin Padgham (RMIT, Australia)
   Anna Perini (Italy) 
   Paolo Petta (Vienna University of Technology,
   Stefan Poslad (University of Westminster, USA)
   Frank Puppe (University of Wuerzburg, Germany)
   Alois Reitbauer (PROFACTOR, Austria)
   Michael M. Richter (University of Kaiserslautern,
   Giovanni Rimassa (Italy) 
   Michael Schillo (DFKI, Germany)
   Christoph Schlieder (Bamberg University, Germany)
   John Shepherdson (British Telecom, UK)
   Christina Stoica (University of Duisburg-Essen,
   Frieder Stolzenburg (Hochschule Harz, Germany)
   Huaglory Tianfield (Glasgow Caledonian University,
   Robert Tolksdorf (Freie Universitaet Berlin,
   Thomas Uthmann (Uni Mainz, Germany)
   Gerhard Weiss (Technische Universitaet Muenchen,
   Georg Weichart (PROFACTOR, Austria)
   Danny Weyns (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven,
   Mike Wooldridge (University of Liverpool, UK)
   Lotfi A. Zadeh (University of Berkeley, USA)

CONTACT  (America/ Australia/Asia and general
inquiries)  Joerg Denzinger University of Calgary,
Canada Phone: 1-403-220-5574 Fax: 1-403-284-4707 	

CONTACT  (Europe and exhibits inquiries)  Ingo J. Timm
University of Bremen, Germany Phone: +49-421-2189740
Fax:   +49-421-2187196 	

CONTACT  (tutorials inquiries)  Gabriela Lindemann
Humboldt University Berlin, Germany Phone:
+49-30-20933170 Fax:  +49-30-20933168	

CONTACT  (workshops inquiries)  Rainer Unland
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany  Phone:
+49-201-1833421 Fax: : +49-201-1832419

***************************************************************Prof. Dr. Rainer Unland 
University of Duisburg-Essen 
Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems (ICB) 
Practical Computer Science, especially Data Management Systems and Knowledge Representation 
Schuetzenbahn 70, 45117 Essen, Germany 
Tel.: (+49) 201-183 3421, Fax: (+49) 201-183 4460 
WWW: ***************************************************************

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