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CFP: Service-Oriented Computing and Agent-Based Engineering

From: Lawrence Cavedon <lcavedon@csli.Stanford.EDU>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 10:59:48 -0800
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                C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S

                       The Workshop on



                        to be held at 

         The Fourth International Joint Conference on
           Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems


                   Utrecht, The Netherlands

               25 - 29 July 2005 (SOCABE date TBC)


Service-Oriented Computing (SOC) is a newly emerging paradigm for 
distributed computing and e-business processing that utilizes 
services as fundamental elements to enable building agile networks of 
collaborating business applications distributed within and across 
organizational boundaries. Services are self-contained, platform-
independent computational elements that can be described, published, 
discovered, orchestrated and deployed for the purpose of developing 
distributed applications across networks, including the Internet. 
Service-based approaches include Web services, Semantic Web services, 
and Grid services.

While a service need not fulfill all characteristics of a strong 
definition of agency, the SOC approach for building complex software 
systems bears many similarities to the development of agent-based 
systems. 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 interoperation. Also 
similarly to multi-agent systems, management of the service provision 
processes is dynamic and distributed, and takes into account the 
requirements both at the individual services and system levels of the 
composed application. It also needs to be adaptive in response to the 
changing requirements, services and exceptions in the dynamic Web and 
Grid environments.

The area of Service Oriented Computing offers much of real interest 
to the Multi Agent System community, including similarities in system 
architectures and provision processes, powerful tools, and the focus 
on issues such as quality of service, security and reliability. 
Similarly, techniques developed in the MAS research community promise 
to have a strong impact on this fast growing technology.

It continues the theme of the former WSABE workshops held at AAMAS'03 
(http://agentus.com/WSABE2003) and AAMAS'04 
(http://agentus.com/WSABE2004), with an expanded theme reflecting the 
broader scope encompassed by Service Oriented Computing.  


The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the recent and significant 
developments in the general area of Service Oriented Computing 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-  
  oriented frameworks; 
* Agent-based modeling and design techniques in service-oriented 
  system development; 
* Multi-agent techniques to describing, organizing, and discovering 
* Process modeling and planning for service/agent composition, 
  orchestration and coordination; 
* Security support for agents and services, and agent-based 
  approaches to service security; 
* Intelligent matchmaking, service brokering and service level 
  agreement negotiation; 
* Services and the Semantic Web, including initiatives such as OWL-S; 
* Deployment, packaging, and distribution of services and software 
* Agent-based quality of service management; 
* Intelligent services and service agents; 
* Agent and service interoperability and integration 
* Functional and non-functional aspects of agents and services; 
* Agent-based service business models and applications (e.g. in e-
  Business, e-Science, Enterprise, Telecom etc.)


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
discussion panels; preference may be given to position papers that
take strong or challenging positions on important emergent topics.

Full papers must not exceed 15 pages and follow the author 
instructions of Springer-Verlag that can be found at 
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html . All papers should be 
in Adobe portable document format  (PDF) or PostScript format. The 
paper should have a cover page, which  includes a 200-word abstract, 
a list of keywords, and author's e-mail address. Authors should submit 
a full paper via electronic submission to imueller@it.swin.edu.au.

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 former WSABE2003 workshop formed the basis of a volume
in Kluwer's MASA Series (http://www.wkap.nl/prod/s/MASA); the
proceedings of SOCABE2005 may also be used as the basis of a published
volume, subject to appropriate quality.


Submission due:		March 14, 2005
Notification sent:	April 18, 2005
Final papers due:	May 20, 2005
Workshop:		July 25-26, 2005 (TBC)


* Ryszard Kowalczyk (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
* Zakaria Maamar (Zayed University, UAE) 
* Lawrence Cavedon (Stanford University, USA)
* David Martin (SRI International, USA)

* Ingo Mueller (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)


* Stanislaw Ambroszkiewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
* Djamal Benslimane (Lyon 1 University, France)
* M. Brian Blake (Georgetown University, USA)
* Peter Braun (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
* Bernard Burg (Panasonic Research, USA)
* Jonathan Dale (Fujitsu, USA)
* Steve Goschnick (University of Melbourne, Australia)
* Jun Han (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
* W.J. van den Heuvel (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
* Ying Huang (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA)
* Patrick Hung (University of Ontario, Canada)
* Mikko Laukkanen (TeliaSonera, Finland)
* Seng Loke (Monash University, Australia)
* Anne Ngu (Southwest Texas State University, USA)
* Julian Padget (University of Bath, UK)
* Lin Padgham (RMIT University, Australia)
* Terry Payne (University of Southampton, UK)
* Giovanna Petrone (University of Torino, Italy)
* Andreas Polze (HPI, Germany)
* Debbie Richards (Macquarie University, Australia)
* Quan Z. Sheng (University of New South Wales, Australia)
* Kwang Mong Sim (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
* Eleni Stroulia (University of Alberta, Canada)
* Jeff Sutherland (PatientKeeper, Inc., USA)
* Philippe Thiran (Eindhoven University of Technology, the 
* Hua Tianfield (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK)
* Steve Wilmott (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain)
* Jun Yan (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
* Jian Yang (Macquarie University, Australia)
* Yun Yang (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
* Soe-Tsyr (Yuan National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
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