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2nd CFP: WSBAE: AAMAS wshop on Web Services and Agent-Based Eng.

From: Lawrence Cavedon <lcavedon@csli.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 12:23:55 -0800
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              2nd  C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S

                     Second Workshop on
                        19 July 2004

                      to be held at the
         The Third International Joint Conference on
           Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems

                         New York City


Prof. Munindar P. Singh (North Carolina State University, USA)


Web services are a rapidly expanding approach to building distributed
software systems across networks such as the Internet. A Web service
is an operation typically addressed via a URI, declaratively described
using widely accepted standards, and accessed via platform-independent
XML-based messages. The development of industry standards, products,
and tools for supporting Web service system development is proceeding
at a very rapid rate. Standards exist for service discovery (UDDI),
description (WSDL), coordination (BPML, BPEL4WS, WSCI), and
communication (SOAP).

While a Web service need not fulfill all characteristics of a strong
definition of agency, the Web services approach to building complex
software systems bears many similarities to the engineering process of
a collection of software agents. In particular, large systems are
assembled from distributed heterogeneous software components providing
specialized services and communicating using agreed-upon protocols.
Similarly to certain multi-agent engineering paradigms, the design
process of such systems focuses on the declarative characterization of
the agents' capabilities and on a message-based paradigm of

The area of Web Services offers much of real interest to the Multi
Agent community, including similarities in system architectures,
powerful tools, and the focus on issues such as security and
reliability. Similarly, techniques developed in the Multi Agent
research community promise to have a strong impact on this fast
growing technology.

This is the second AAMAS workshop, the first having been held at
AAMAS'03 in Melbourne, Australia: see http://agentus.com/WSABE2003.


The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the recent and significant
developments in the general area of Web Services and Software Agents
and to promote cross-fertilization of techniques. We seek original and
high quality submissions that apply Multi Agent research to Web
Service frameworks and vice versa in innovative and interesting ways.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* Architectures and infrastructure for distributed agent- or service-
  based frameworks;
* Agent-based modelling and design techniques to address problems in
  web service system development;
* Process modeling (e.g. workflow-, planning-, logic-based approaches)
  for service/agent composition, orchestration and coordination;
* Multi-agent techniques to describing, organizing, and discovering
  web services;
* Use of context and conversations for Web services composition;
* Ontology or semantic-based approaches to describing and classifying
  services and capabilities;
* Using speech acts, performatives, and conversational models for web
  service specification and coordination;
* Use of agent-based approaches for web service personalization;
* Security support for agents and services, and agent-based approaches
  to service security;
* Transactional integrity for long-running transactions in service-
  or agent-systems;
* Intelligent matchmaking and service brokering;
* Pricing and payment models for Web services;
* Web service agreements, legal contracts, and social commitments
  between trading partners;
* Interoperability of web services;
* In-depth critiques of web service standards, comparison to agent
  community standards, and their adequacy for agent based solutions;
* Services and the semantic web, including initiatives such as OWL-S
  (formerly DAML-S);
* Infrastructure and architectures for M-services;
* Use of web service infrastructure and tools for building multi-agent


Submission is to be done electronically. Initially, authors are
requested to send the following details (title, contact author email,
abstract, and list of keywords) to wsabe2004@zu.ac.ae. Upon receiving
these details, an identifier will be assigned to the submission and
sent back to the contact author. The identifier's purpose is to name
the submission file which will then be sent to wsabe2004@zu.ac.ae

Two types of submissions are available: regular submissions of length
3000-4000 words (approx. 8-12 printed pages) and position papers of
length 1200-2000 words (approx. 4-6 printed pages). Position papers
(and some regular papers) may be presented as part of themed dicussion
panels; preference may be given to position papers that take strong
or challenging positions on important emergent topics.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by multiple reviewers. Selection
criteria will include: relevance, significance, impact, originality,
technical soundness, quality of presentation. Some preference may also
be given to papers which address emergent trends or important common
themes, or which enhance balance of workshop topics.

Since this is associated with the AAMAS conference, accepted papers
must be of real relevance to the multi-agent research community.

Accepted papers will be made available in electronic form prior to the
workshop and a printed collection will be available at the workshop.
The WSABE2003 workshop formed the basis of a volume in Kluwer's MASA
Series (http://www.wkap.nl/prod/s/MASA); the proceedings of WSABE2004
may also be used as the basis of a published volume or journal special
issue, subject to appropriate quality.


The workshop will aim to foster discussion and develop action outcomes
on key issues relating to designing and building systems using Web
Services and Software Agents. As well as regular presentations, a
number of discussion panels on identified important themes are also

Attendance may be restricted by the venue. A separate call for
participation will be distributed at about the time of acceptance
notification. If attendance needs to be limited then preference will
be given first to presenters and next to other authors who submitted.


Submissions due              April 1, 2004
Notifications sent           May 1, 2004
Final papers due             May 20, 2004
Workshop                     July 19, 2004


Organizing committee

Zakaria Maamar       Zayed University, UAE        (point of contact)
Boualem Benatallah   University of New South Wales, Australia
Lawrence Cavedon     Stanford University, USA
Tim Finin            University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
David Martin         SRI International, USA
Katia Sycara         Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Program committee

M. Brian Blake       Georgetown University, USA
Fabio Casati         Hewlett Packard, USA
Adam Cheyer          SRI International, USA
Jonathan Dale        Fujitsu, USA
Marlon Dumas         Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Larbi Esmahi         Athabasca University, Canada
Steve Goschnick      University of Melbourne, Australia
Mike Huhns           University of South Carolina, USA
Jarle Hulaas         Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne
Patrick Hung         Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Ahmed Kamel          North Dakota State University, USA
Manolis Koubarakis   Technical University of Crete, Greece
Mikko Laukkanen      TeliaSonera, Finland
Seng Loke            Monash University, Australia
Margaret Lyell       The MITRE Corporation, USA
Qusay Mahmoud        University of Guelph, Canada
Wathiq Mansoor       Zayed University, UAE
Alan Messer	     Samsung Electronics, USA
S. Kouadri Mostefaoui    University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Nanjangud C Narendra	IBM Software Labs India, India
Anne Ngu             Southwest Texas State University, USA
Julian Padget        University of Bath, UK
Terry Payne          University of Southampton, UK
Giovanna Petrone     University of Torino, Italy
Debbie Richards      Macquarie University, Australia
Elhadi Shakshuki     Acadia University, Canada
Weiming Shen         NRC-London, Canada
Quan Z. Sheng        University of New South Wales, Australia
Munindar Singh       North Carolina State University, USA
Eleni Stroulia       University of Alberta, Canada
Jeff Sutherland      PatientKeeper, Inc., USA
Amund Tveit          Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
W.-J. van den Heuvel   Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Steve Wilmott        Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Soe-Tsyr Yuan        National Chengchi University, Taiwan

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