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AAMAS 2003



Technical Program (Last update: 1 July)

See the workshop page and tutorial page for fuller details.

Monday July 14, 2003 (Workshops & Tutorials)

  • Morning
    • Workshops:
      • W2: Web-services and agent-based engineering
      • W3: Deception Fraud and Trust
      • W6: Multi-agent based simulation
      • W7: Agent communication languages and conversation policies
      • W8: Game theoretic and decision theretic agents
      • W9: Agents and peer to peer computing
      • W13: Agent-oriented information systems
      • W18: Humans and multi-agent systems
      • W20: Autonomy, delegation and control
      • W21: Safe agents
    • Tutorials:
      • T2: Learning of Behaviour in Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
      • T4: Methodologies for Agent-Oriented Software Engineering
      • T7: Theory and Practice of Agent Communication in the Semantic Web Era
  • Afternoon
    • Workshops:
      • W2: Web-services and agent-based engineering (continued)
      • W3: Deception Fraud and Trust
      • W6: Multi-agent based simulation (continued)
      • W7: Agent communication languages and conversation policies (continued)
      • W8: Game theoretic and decision theoretic agents (continued)
      • W9: Agents and peer to peer computing (continued)
      • W13: Agent-oriented information systems (continued)
      • W18: Humans and multi-agent systems (continued)
      • W19: Computational autonomy: potential, risks, solutions
      • W21: Safe agents (continued)
    • Tutorials:
      • T3: Framing Coordination
      • T5: Engineering Self-Organizing Applications
      • T6: Rational Action in Autonomous Agents

Tuesday July 15, 2003 (Workshops & Tutorials)

  • Morning
    • Workshops:
      • W1: Agentcities: Challenges in open agent environments
      • W4: Agent-oriented software engineering
      • W5: Agents at work: Deployed applications...
      • W10: Embodied conversational characters as individuals
      • W11: Ontologies in agent systems
      • W12: Agent mediated electronic commerce
      • W14: Programming multi-agent systems: languages, frameworks, techniques and tools
      • W16: Engineering Self-Organising Applications
      • W22: Resources, role and task allocation in multi-agent systems
    • Tutorials:
      • T1: Web Service Composition & Service Composition Techniques
      • T8: Teamwork among Agents, Humans and Robots: Theory and Practice
      • T9: Robotics for Beginners; Using Robot Kits to Build Embodied Agents
      • T10: Designing Effective Pedagocial Agents
  • Afternoon
    • Workshops:
      • W1: Agentcities: Challenges in open agent environments (continued)
      • W4: Agent-oriented software engineering (continued)
      • W5: Agents at work: Deployed applications (continued)
      • W10: Embodied conversational characters as individuals (continued)
      • W11: Ontologies in agent systems (continued)
      • W12: Agent mediated electronic commerce (continued)
      • W15: Declarative agent languages and technologies
      • W16: Engineering Self-Organising Applications (continued)
      • W17: Evolutionary game theory for learning in MAS
      • W22: Resources, role and task allocation in multi-agent systems (continued)
    • Tutorials:
      • T9: Robotics for Beginners; Using Robot Kits to Build Embodied Agents (continued)
      • T8: Teamwork among Agents, Humans and Robots: Theory and Practice (continued)

6pm-8pm: Welcome Reception, including Aboriginal welcome and dance performance

Wednesday July 16, 2003 (Conference Technical Sessions)

Session 1A: Coalition Formation (8:50am Weds July 16th)
Chair: David Parkes

  • Coalition Formation with Uncertain Heterogeneous Information
    Sarit Kraus, Onn Shehory, Gilad Tasse
  • Fuzzy Kernel Based Coalitions Between Rational Agents
    Bastian Blankenburg, Matthias Klusch, Onn Shehory
  • Coalition formation through motivation and trust
    Nathan Griffiths, Michael Luck
  • Coalition Formation in Proportionally Fair Divisible Auctions
    Rajiv T. Maheswaran, Tamer Basar

Session 1B Planning in MAS(8:50am Weds July 16th)
Chair:Victor Lesser

  • Searching for an Alternative Plan
    Ariel Felner, Alex Pomeransky, Jeffry S. Rosenschein
  • Transition-Independent Decentralized Markov Decision Problems
    Raphen Becker, Shlomo Zilberstein, Victor Lesser, Claudia V. Goldman
  • Limiting Disruption in Multiagent Replanning
    Thomas Bartold, Edmund Durfee
  • Continual Coordination of Shared Activities
    Bradley J. Clement, Anthony C. Barrett

Session 1C Social Networks and Trust (8:50am Weds July 16th)
Chair: Charlie Ortiz

  • Searching social networks
    Bin Yu, Munindar P. Singh
  • Detecting deception in reputation management
    Bin Yu, Munindar P. Singh
  • A System of Exchange Values to Support Social Interactions in Artificial Societies
    Maira Ribeiro Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos da Rocha Costa, Rafael Heitor Bordini
  • Trust in Information Sources as Source for Trust: A Fuzzy Approach
    Cristiano Castelfranchi, Rino Falcone, Giovanni Pezzulo

Session 1D Software Engineering (8:50am Weds July 16th)
Chair: David Kinny

  • Programming Agent Deliberation
    M. Dastani, F. de Boer, F. Dignum, J.-J. Meyer
  • Capturing agent autonomy in roles and XML
    Gerhard Weiss, Michael Rovatsos, Matthias Nickles, Christian Meindl
  • Customizing AOSE Methodologies by Reusing AOSE Features
    Thomas Juan, Leon Sterling, Maurizio Martelli, Viviana Mascardi
  • Single-Model Method for Specifying Multi-Agent Systems
    Arnon Sturm, Dov Dori, Onn Shehory

Break: 10:30am-11:00am

Session 2A Game theory (I) (11:00am Weds July 16th)
Chair:Shigeo Matsubara

  • Optimal Agendas for Multi-Issue Negotiation
    Shaheen Fatima, Michael Wooldridge, Nicholas R. Jennings
  • Optimizing Information Exchange in Cooperative Multi-agent Systems
    Claudia V. Goldman, Shlomo Zilberstein
  • Resource Allocation Games with Changing Resource Capacities
    Aram Galstyan, Shashikiran Kolar, Kristina Lerman
  • Learning Pareto-optimal solutions in general-sum games
    Sandip Sen, Rajatish Mukherjee, Stephane Airiau

Session 2B Distributed Constraint Satisfaction/Optimization (11:00am Weds July 16th)
Chair: Ed Durfee

  • An Asynchronous Complete Method for Distributed Constraint Optimization
    Pragnesh Jay Modi, Wei-Min Shen, Milind Tambe , Makoto Yokoo
  • A Multiagent Diffusion Model for Optimization
    Kwok Ching Tsui, Jiming Liu
  • On Optimal Outcomes of Negotiations over Resources
    Ulrich Endriss, Nicolas Maudet, Fariba Sadri, Francesca Toni
  • An Analysis and Application of Distributed Constraint Satisfaction and Optimization Algorithms in Sensor Networks
    Weixiong Zhang, Xing Zhou, Guandong Wang, Lars Wittenburg

Session 2C Logic/Learning (11:00am Weds July 16th)
Chair: Ken Satoh

  • Concurrent Layered Learning
    Shimon Whiteson, Peter Stone
  • Concurrent Dynamic Epistemic Logic for MAS
    H.P. van Ditmarsch, W. van der Hoek, B.P. Kooi
  • Verifying Epistemic Properties of Multi-agent Systems via Bounded Model Checking
    Wojciech Penczek, Alessio Lomuscio
  • First order heterogeneous agent computations
    Bogdan Stroe, V.S. Subrahmanian

Session 2D Robotics (11:00am Weds July 16th)
Chair: Maria Gini

  • Automated Derivation of Behavior Vocabularies for Autonomous Humanoid Motion
    Odest Chadwicke Jenkins, Maja J Mataric
  • Locating Moving Entities in Dynamic Indoor Environments with Teams of Mobile Robots
    Matthew Rosencrantz, Geoff Gordon, Sebastian Thrun
  • Natural Methods for Robot Task Learning: Instructive Demonstrations, Generalization and Practice
    Monica Nicolette Nicolescu, Maja J. Mataric
  • Self-organising Impact Boundaries in Ageless Aerospace Vehicles
    Howard Lovatt, Geoff Poulton, Don Price, Mikhail Prokopenko, Philip Valencia, Peter Wang

Lunch: 12:40pm-2:00pm

Invited talk: Hugh Durrant-Whyte
"Control in Decentralised Sensor Networks"
2:00pm-3:00pm (plenary session)
Chair: Liz Sonenberg

Break: 3:00pm-3:30pm

Session 3A Game Theory (II) (3:30pm Weds July 16th)
Chair: Wiebe van der Hoek

  • Trade of a Problem-solving Task
    Shigeo Matsubara
  • A Language for Modelling Agents` Decision Making Processes in Games
    Ya`akov Gal, Avi Pfeffer
  • Miscomputing Ratio: Social Cost of Selfish Computing
    Kate Larson, Tuomas Sandholm

Session 3B Cooperation in MAS (3:30pm Weds July 16th)
Chair: Michael Winikoff

  • Discovering and Exploiting Synergy Between Hierarchical Planning Agents
    Jeffrey S. Cox, Edmund H. Durfee
  • Helping based on future expectations
    Sandip Sen, Sabyasachi Saha, Partha Sarathi Dutta
  • Performance Model for Large Scale Multiagent Systems
    Hyuckchul Jung, Milind Tambe

Session 3C Emotion (3:30pm Weds July 16th)
Chair: Cristiano Castelfranchi

  • Emotional Advantage For Adaptability and Autonomy
    EugNinio Oliveira, Luis Sarmento
  • Modeling Coping Behaviors in Virtual Humans: Don`t worry, be happy
    Stacy Marsella, Jonathan Gratch
  • Behaviors that Emerge from Emotion and Cognition: Implementation and Evaluation of a Symbolic-Connectionist Architecture
    Amy E. Henninger, Randolph M. Jones, Eric Chown

Break: 4:45pm-5.15pm

Panel (plenary session): 5:15pm-6:15pm

Thursday July 17, 2003 (Conference Technical Sessions)

Session 4A Auctions (8:50am Thurs July 17th)
Chair: Jose Vidal

  • A False-name-Proof Double Auction Protocol for Arbitrary Evaluation Values
    Yuko Sakurai, Makoto Yokoo
  • False-name-proof Multi-unit Auction Protocol utilizing Greedy Allocation based on Approximate Evaluation Values
    KENJI Terada, MAKOTO Yokoo
  • Scheduling Tasks with Precedence Constraints to Solicit Desirable Bid Combinations
    Alexander Babanov, John Collins, Maria Gini
  • Risk-Averse Auction Agents
    Yaxin Liu, Richard Goodwin, Sven Koenig

Session 4B Simulation (8:50am Thurs July 17th)
Chair: Nancy Reed

  • Social Navigation: Modeling, Simulation, and Experimentation
    Mark O. Riedl, Robert St. Amant
  • Scenario Description for Multi-Agent Simulation
    Yohei Murakami, Tomoyuki Kawasoe, Reiko Hishiyama, Toru Ishida
  • Selection of Information Types Based on Personal Utility - a Testbed for Traffic Information Markets
    Ana Lucia C. Bazzan, Franziska Kluegl, Joachim Wahle
  • A Multi-Agent System for the Quantitative Simulation of Biological Networks
    Salim Khan, Ravi Makkena, Foster Mcgeary, William Gillis, Carl Schmidt, Keith Decker

Session 4C Agent Decision Making (8:50am Thurs July 17th)
Chair: David V. Pynadath

  • Agent Programming in Dribble: from beliefs to goals with plans
    M.B. van Riemsdijk, W. van der Hoek, J.-J. Ch. Meyer
  • Detecting and Exploiting Positive Goal Interaction in Intelligent Agents
    John Thangarajah, Lin Padgham, Michael Winikoff
  • Model Checking AgentSpeak
    Rafael H. Bordini, Michael Fisher, Carmen Pardavila, Michael Wooldridge
  • Rational Action in Agent Programs with Prioritized Goals
    Sebastian Sardina, Steven Shapiro

Session 4D Teamwork (8:50am Thurs July 17th)
Chair: Milind Tambe

  • LOTTO: Group Formation by Overhearing in Large Teams
    FranNgois Legras, Catherine Tessier
  • A Prototype Infrastructure for Distributed Robot-Agent-Person Teams
    Paul Scerri, David V. Pynadath, Lewis Johnson, Paul Rosenbloom, Nathan Schurr, Milind Tambe
  • Negotiation over tasks in hybrid human-agent teams for simulation-based training
    David Traum, Jeff Rickel, Jonathan Gratch, Stacy Marsella
  • MONAD: A Flexible Multi-Agent Control Architecture
    Thuc Vu, Jared Go, Gal Kaminka, Manuela Veloso, Brett Browning

Break: 10:30am-11:00am

Session 5A Trading Agents (11:00am Thurs July 17th)
Chair: William E. Walsh

  • Bidders` strategy for Multi-Attribute sequential English auction with a deadline
    Esther David, Rina Azulay-Schwartz, Sarit Kraus
  • Walverine: A Competition-Analytic Trading Agent
    Shih-Fen Cheng, Evan Leung, Kevin M. Lochner, Kevin O`Malley, Daniel Reeves, L. Julian Schvartzman
  • A Principled Study of the Design Tradeoffs for Autonomous Trading Agents
    Ioannis A. Vetsikas, Bart Selman
  • Toward a Combinatorial Auction Protocol among Experts and Amateurs: The Case of Single-Skilled Experts
    Takayuki Ito, Makoto Yokoo, Shigeo Matsubara

Session 5B Groups and Organizations (11:00am Thurs July 17th)
Chair: Onn Shehory

  • Role-assignment in open agent societies M. Dastani, V. Dignum, F. Dignum
  • Flexible social rationality without loss of autonomy using "tags"
    David Hales, Bruce Edmonds
  • Learning to Form dynamic Committees
    Santiago OntaNqNsn, Enric Plaza
  • Rich service description for a smarter lifestyle
    Patricia Charlton, Myriam Ribiere

Session 5C Semantics and Pragmatics of Interaction(11:00am Thurs July 17th)
Chair: Simon Parsons

  • Defining Interaction Protocols using a Commitment-based Agent Communication Language
    Nicoletta Fornara, Marco Colombetti
  • A Logical Model of Social Commitment for Agent Communication
    Mario Verdicchio, Marco Colombetti
  • Interaction is Meaning: A New Model for Communication in Open Systems
    Michael Rovatsos, Matthias Nickles, Gerhard Weiss
  • Agent communication pragmatic : the cognitive coherence theory
    Philippe Pasquier , Brahim Chaib-draa

Session 5D Role and resource Allocation in MAS (11:00am Thurs July 17th)
Chair: Steven Wilmott

  • Role Allocation and Reallocation in Multiagent Teams: Towards A Practical Analysis
    Ranjit Nair, Milind Tambe, Stacy Marsella
  • Multiagent Planning for Agents with Internal Execution Resource Constraints
    Haksun Li, Edmund H. Durfee, Kang G. Shin
  • Cooperative Negotiation in a Multi-Agent System for Real-Time Load Balancing of a Mobile Cellular Network
    John Bigham, Lin Du
  • Cooperative Negotiation for Soft Real-Time Distributed Resource Allocation
    Roger Mailler, Victor Lesser

Lunch: 12:40pm-2:00pm

Invited talk: David Parkes
"Computational Mechanism Design: Taming the Strategic Dragon without Invoking the Complexity Monster"
2:00pm-3:00pm (plenary session)
Chair: Tuomas Sandholm/Makoto Yokoo

Break: 3:00pm-3:30pm

Session 6A Applications (3:30pm Thurs July 17th)
Chair: Peter Stone

  • A Multiagent Approach for Musical Interactive Systems
    Rodolfo Daniel Wulfhorst , Lauro Yasumasa Nakayama, Rosa Maria Vicari
  • Emergent Properties of Referral Systems
    Pinar Yolum, Munindar P. Singh
  • Recommender Systems: A Market-Based Design
    Yan Zheng WEI, Luc Moreau, Nicholas R. Jennings

Session 6B Dialogue (3:30pm Thurs July 17th)
Chair: Wamberto Vasconcelos

  • Optimal Utterances in Dialogue Protocols
    Paul E. Dunne, Peter McBurney
  • On the outcomes of formal inter-agent dialogues
    Simon Parsons, Michael Wooldridge, Leila Amgoud
  • Posit Spaces: a performative model of e-commerce
    Peter McBurney, Simon Parsons

Session 6C Ontologies (3:30pm Thurs July 17th)
Chair: Leon Sterling

  • A Lightweight Ontology Repository
    Jin Pan, Stephen Cranefield
  • O3F: an Object-Oriented Ontology Framework
    Luis Mota, Luis Botelho, Hugo Mendes, AntNsnio Lopes
  • Local Consensus Ontologies for B2B-Oriented Service Composition
    Andrew B. Williams, Anand Padmanabhan, M. Brian Blake

Break: 4:45pm-5.15pm

ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award Winner: Nick Jennings
"Negotiation Technologies"
5:15pm-6:15pm (plenary session)

7:00pm-late: Dinner and Gallery Viewing

Friday July 18, 2003 (Conference Technical Sessions)

Session 7A Distributed Awareness in MAS (8:50am Fri July 18th)
Chair: Paolo Torroni

  • A protocol for Multi-Agent Diagnosis with spatially distributed knowledge
    Nico Roos, Annette ten Teije, Cees Witteveen
  • Ensuring Consistency in the Joint Beliefs of Interacting Agents
    Shamimabi Paurobally, Jim Cunningham, Nicholas R. Jennings
  • Multi-agent coordination based on tokens: reduction of the bullwhip effect in a forest supply chain
    Thierry Moyaux, Brahim Chaib-draa, Sophie D`Amours
  • Minimizing Communication Cost in a Distributed Bayesian Network Using a Decentralized MDP
    Jiaying Shen, Victor Lesser, Norman Carver

Session 7B Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning (8:50am Fri July 18th)
Chair: Sandip Sen

  • Adaptive Policy Gradient in Multiagent Learning
    Bikramjit Banerjee, Jing Peng
  • A Selection-Mutation model for Q-learning in Multi-Agent Systems
    Karl Tuyls, Katja Verbeeck, Tom Lenaerts
  • Multi-agent Learning in Extensive Games with Complete Information
    Pu Huang, Katia Sycara
  • Coordination in Multiagent Reinforcement Learning: A Bayesian Approach
    Georgios Chalkiadakis, Craig Boutilier

Session 7C Interfaces (8:50am Fri July 18th)
Chair: W. Lewis Johnson

  • Can Software Agents Influence Human Relations? - Balance Theory in Agent-mediated Communities -
    Hideyuki Nakanishi, Satoshi Nakazawa, Toru Ishida, Katsuya Takanashi, Katherine Isbister
  • Authoring Scenes for Adaptive, Interactive Performances
    Patrick Gebhard, Michael Kipp, Martin Klesen
  • Introducing Human-like Hearing Perception in Intelligent Virtual Agents
    Pilar Herrero, Angelica de Antonio
  • Managing interaction between users and agents in a multi-agent storytelling environment
    Mark Riedl, C.J. Saretto, R. Michael Young

Break: 10:30am-11:00am

Session 8A Coordination in MAS (11:00am Fri July 18th)
Chair: Andrea Omicini

  • Commitments and Causality for Multiagent Design
    "Feng Wan, Munindar P. Singh
  • A Key-based Coordination Algorithm for Dynamic Readiness and Repair Service Coordination
    Tom Wagner, Valerie Guralnik, John Phelps
  • Distribution of goals adressed to a group of agents
    Laurence Cholvy, Christophe Garion
  • Towards Interest-Based Negotiation
    Iyad Rahwan, Liz Sonenberg, Frank Dignum

Session 8B Adaptation/Load balancing (11:00am Fri July 18th)
Chair: Hideyuki Nakashima

  • Resource-Aware Exploration of the Emergent Dynamics of Simulated Systems
    Sven A. Brueckner, H. Van Dyke Parunak
  • A Method for Decentralized Clustering in Large Multi-Agent Systems
    Elth Ogston, Benno Overeinder, Maarten van Steen, Frances Brazier
  • Agent Memory and Adaptation in Multi-Agent Systems
    Kristina Lerman, Aram Galstyan
  • Macroscopic Model of Agent-based Load Balancing on Grids
    Yuanshi Wang, Jiming Liu, Xiaolong Jin, Tang Yi

Session 8C Web Technologies (11:00am Fri July 18th)
Chair: Andrew B. Williams

  • Using Web Helper Agent Profiles in Query Generation
    Gabriel L. Somlo, Adele E. Howe
  • Enabling conversations with Web Services
    Liliana Ardissono, Anna Goy, Giovanna Petrone
  • Practical reasoning agents for the semantic web
    Ian Dickinson, Mike Wooldridge
  • Representation and reasoning about DAML-based policy and domain services in KAoS
    Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Andrzej Uszok, Pat Hayes, Renia Jeffers, Niranjan Suri, Mark Burstein

Lunch: 12:40pm-2:00pm

Invited talk: Lewis Johnson
"Social interaction with agents"
2:00pm-3:00pm (plenary session)

Break: 3:00pm-3:30pm

Session 9A Tools/Platforms (3:30pm Fri July 18th)
Chair: Frank Dignum

  • Tools and Techniques for Performance Measurement of Large Distributed Multiagent Workflow Management Systems
    Aaron Helsinger, Richard Lazarus, William Wright, John Zinky
  • A configurable mobile agent data protection protocol
    Paolo Maggi, Riccardo Sisto
  • Modelling Secure Multiagent Systems
    Haralambos Mouratidis, Paolo Giorgini, Gordon Manson

Session 9B Learning/Self-organzation/Argumentation (3:30pm Fri July 18th)
Chair: Adele Howe

  • Self-organization through bottom-up coalition formation
    Mark Sims, Claudia V. Goldman, Victor Lesser
  • Automatic Generation of an Agent`s Basic Behaviors
    Olivier Buffet, Alain Dutech, Iadine ChadNhs, FranNgois Charpillet
  • Argumentation Based Decision Making for Autonomous Agents
    Antonis KAKAS, Pavlos MORAITIS

Session 9C Temporal Issues (3:30pm Fri July 18th)
Chair: Michael Huhns

  • Engineering Commitment-Based Multiagent Systems:A Temporal Logic Approach
    Jie Xing, Munindar P. Singh
  • Distributing Control of a Temporal Network among a Group of Agents
    Luke Hunsberger
  • Distributed Enactment of Multiagent Workflows
    Munindar P. Singh