Call for papers

Important dates
Electronic Abstract Submission: October 8, 2012 (11:59 PM HST)
Full Paper and Extended Abstract Submission: October 12, 2012 (11:59 PM HST)
Rebuttal Phase: November 30 - December 3, 2012 (11:59 PM HST)
Author Notification: December 20, 2012 (11:59 PM HST)

What is new?
If you do not want to read the CFP in detail, please at least read the following highlights of significant changes and decisions.
  • Special track Challenges and Visions is new and includes perspectives and visionary papers. Up to the three best papers will receive a monetary award.
  • In addition to full papers, extended abstracts (2 pages) can be submitted. They will be subject to the same review process as the full papers.
  • Policy regarding prior publication and simultaneous submission
  • The review process will be double blind. After the AAMAS 2012 community discussion about double blind reviewing a committee looked into the matter and recommended no change. The IFAAMAS board decided to maintain the policy about double blind reviewing.

AAMAS 2013 seeks high-quality submissions of full papers, limited to 8 pages in length. Submissions will be rigorously peer reviewed and evaluated on the basis of originality, soundness, significance, presentation, understanding of the state of the art, and overall quality of their technical contribution. Reviews will be double blind; authors must avoid including anything that can be used to identify them. Please note that submitting an abstract is required to submit a full paper. However, the abstracts will not be reviewed and full (8 page) papers must be submitted for the review process to start. All work must be original (must not have appeared in a conference proceedings, book, or journal). In addition to submissions in the main track, AAMAS 2013 will be soliciting papers in three special tracks. The review process for the special tracks will be similar to the main track, but with program committee members specially selected for that track. All accepted papers for the special tracks will be included in the proceedings.

Special tracks

Robotics (Chairs: Daniele Nardi and Monica Nicolescu)
Papers that advance theory and applications of single and multiple robots are welcome, specifically those focusing on real robots that interact with their environment. Papers should clearly explain how the work addresses challenges in robotics, opportunities for novel applications, and fundamental research issues in autonomous robotic systems. The goal is to demonstrate the synergy achieved from integration of research in agents and robotics. For more information, click here.

Virtual Agents (Chairs: Stefan Kopp and Catherine Pelachaud)
Virtual agents are embodied agents that emulate autonomous human-like behavior in simulated interactive or physical environments. We encourage papers on the design, implementation, and evaluation of virtual agents as well as challenging applications featuring them. The goal is to provide an opportunity for continued interaction and cross-fertilization between the AAMAS community and researchers working on virtual agents and to strengthen links between the two communities. For more information, click here.

Innovative Applications (Chairs: Bo An and John Thangarajah)
Due to the growing maturity of the field there are now agent-based applications in widespread use across many domains, responsible for the generation of significant revenues, or the saving of major costs, or for supporting important public policy and business strategy decision-making. This special track provides the ideal forum to present, discuss and demonstrate your compelling applications, agent system deployment experiences, and new business ideas. The goal is to promote the fostering of mutually-beneficial relationships between those doing foundational scientific research and those making autonomous agents and multi-agent systems a commercial or public policy reality.

NEW Special Challenges and Visions (Chair: Jeff Rosenschein)
In cooperation with the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), AAMAS 2013 invites submissions to a special Challenges and Visions track. The emphasis of this track is on visionary ideas, long term challenges, and new research opportunities that are outside the current mainstream of the field. This track is designed to overcome the constraints of the traditional review process, and will serve as an incubator for innovative approaches, risky and provocative ideas, and to propose challenges and opportunities for the field in the near future. To encourage researchers to present truly visionary concepts, the CCC is offering prizes for up to 3 top papers in this special track: first prize $1000, second prize $750, and third prize $500, to be awarded as travel grants. For more information, click here.

Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
    Agent Communication:
  • Agent commitments
  • Communication languages
  • Communication protocols
  • Speech act theory
    Agent Cooperation:
  • Biologically-inspired approaches and methods
  • Collective intelligence
  • Distributed problem solving
  • Human-robot/agent interaction
  • Multi-user/multi-virtual-agent interaction
  • Teamwork, coalition formation, coordination
  • Incentives for Cooperation
  • Implicit Cooperation
    Agent Reasoning:
  • Planning (single and multiagent)
  • Reasoning (single and multiagent)
  • Cognitive models
  • Knowledge representation
    Agent Societies and Societal issues:
  • Artificial social systems
  • Environments, organisations and institutions
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Peer to peer coordination
  • Privacy, safety and security
  • Social and organizational structure
  • Trust, reliability and reputation
    Agent Theories, Models and Architectures:
  • BDI
  • Belief revision
  • Bounded rationality
  • Formal models of agency
  • Logic-based approaches and methods
  • Mobile agents
  • Modeling other agents and self
  • Modeling the dynamics of MAS
  • Reactive vs. deliberative approaches
  • Service oriented architectures
  • Verification of MAS
    Agent-based simulation:
  • Artificial societies
  • Emergent behavior
  • Simulation techniques, tools and environments
  • Social simulation
    Agent-based system development:
  • Agent development techniques, tools and environments
  • Agent programming languages
  • Agent specification or validation languages
  • Design languages for agent systems
  • Development environments
  • Programming languages
  • P2P, web services, grid computing
  • Software engineering (agent- or multi agent-oriented)
    Agreement Technologies:
  • Argumentation
  • Collective decision making
  • Judgment aggregation and belief merging
  • Negotiation
  • Norms
    Economic paradigms:
  • Electronic markets
  • Economically-motivated agents
  • Game Theory (cooperative and non-cooperative)
  • Social choice theory
  • Voting protocols
  • Artificial economies/markets
  • Auction and mechanism design
  • Bargaining and negotiation
    Learning and Adaptation:
  • Computational architectures for learning
  • Reward structures for learning
  • Evolution, adaptation
  • Co-evolution
  • Single agent Learning
  • Multiagent Learning
    Systems and Organisation:
  • Autonomic computing
  • Complex systems
  • Self-organisation

General Information
All full papers accepted to the main track and the special tracks will be presented in parallel technical sessions. All the papers will be published in the conference Proceedings and will be permanently available after the conference at In addition, AAMAS 2013 will include:
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Demonstrations
  • Posters presentations for full papers and extended abstracts
  • Invited talks and panel discussions
The submission processes for the workshops, tutorials and demonstration are separate from the main paper submission process. Look for information on the relevant pages.