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AAMAS 2015 Call for Papers


ACM SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award Best Papers Nominees
IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award Jay Modi Best Student Paper Nominees
IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award Blue Sky Ideas Best Paper Nominees

ACM SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award

The ACM SIGART Autonomous Agents Research Award is an annual award for excellence in research in the area of autonomous agents. The award is intended to recognize researchers in autonomous agents whose current work is an important influence on the field. The award is an official ACM award, funded by an endowment created by ACM SIGART from the proceeds of previous Autonomous Agents conferences. Candidates for the award are nominated through an open nomination process. Previous winners of the SIGART Autonomous Research Award were Jeffrey S. Rosenschein (2013), Moshe Tennenholtz (2012), Joe Halpern (2011), Jonathan Gratch and Stacy Marsella (2010), Manuela Veloso (2009), Yoav Shoham (2008), Sarit Kraus (2007), Michael Wooldridge (2006), Milind Tambe (2005), Makoto Yokoo (2004), Nick Jennings (2003), Katia Sycara (2002), and Tuomas Sandholm (2001).

The selection committee for the ACM/SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award is pleased to announce that Prof. Michael Wellman of the University of Michigan is the recipient of the 2014 award. Prof. Wellman has had a profound and broad impact across an array of research challenges in autonomous agents and multiagent systems. Prof. Wellman's contributions range from his pioneering work that helped introduce economic paradigms in multiagent systems, to significant contributions to computational game theory and electronic commerce, including mechanism design and market-based systems. Additionally, Prof. Wellman played an instrumental role in launching the annual Trading Agent Competition (TAC), one of the oldest and most well-known research competitions in multi-agent systems.

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IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award

This award was started for dissertations defended in 2006 and is named for Professor Victor Lesser, a long standing member of the AAMAS community who has graduated a large number of outstanding PhD students in the area. To be eligible for the 2013 award, a dissertation had to have been written as part of a PhD defended during the year 2013, and had to be nominated by the supervisor with three supporting references.

Selection is based on originality, depth, impact and written quality, supported by quality publications. Previous winners of this award were Birgit Endrass (2012), Daniel Villatoro (2011), Bo An (2010), Andrew Gilpin (2009), Ariel Procaccia (2008), Radu Jurca (2007), and Vincent Conitzer (2006).

The 2013 IFAAMAS Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award recipient is Dr. Manish Jain, whose thesis titled "Thwarting Adversaries with Unpredictability: Massive-scale Game-Theoretic Algorithms for Real-World Security Deployments" was supervised by Prof. Milind Tambe. The committee also wanted to recognize two other nominees: Dr. Iolanda Leite, whose thesis titled "Long-term Interactions with Emphatic Social Robots" was supervised by A/Profs Carlos Martinhos and Ana Paiva; and Dr. Reshef Meir, whose thesis titled "Mechanisms for Stability and Welfare: Increasing Cooperation among Self-interested Agents" was supervised by Prof. Jeffrey S. Rosenchein.

IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award

The International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems set up an influential paper award in 2006 to recognize publications that have made seminal contributions to the field. Such papers represent the best and most influential work in the area of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. These papers might, therefore, have proved a key result, led to the development of a new sub-field, demonstrated a significant new application or system, or simply presented a new way of thinking about a topic that has proved influential. The award is open to any paper that was published at least 10 years before the award is made. The paper can have been published in any journal, conference, or workshop. The award is sponsored by the Agent Theories, Architectures and Languages foundation.

Onn Shehory and Sarit Kraus are the winners of the 2013 IFAAMAS Influential Paper Award, in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the field as exemplified by the following influential paper:

  • Onn Shehory and Sarit Kraus. Methods for task allocation via agent coalition formation. Artificial Intelligence, vol. 101 (1-2).

Runner ups for the award are:

  • Littman, Michael L., Markov games as a framework for multi-agent reinforcement learning. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML-94), New Brunswick, NJ, pp.157-163, 1994.
  • Justine Cassell, Catherine Pelachaud, Norman Badler, Mark Steedman, Brett Achorn, Tripp Becket, Brett Douville, Scott Prevost, and Matthew Stone. Animated conversation: Rule-based generation of facial expression, gesture & spoken intonation for multiple conversational agents. 21st Annual Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, pp. 413-420, 1994.
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Best Paper Nominees

SimSensei Kiosk: A Virtual Human Interviewer for Healthcare Decision Support (Page 1061)
David DeVault (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Ron Artstein (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Grace Benn (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Teresa Dey (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Ed Fast (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Alesia Gainer (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Kallirroi Georgila (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Jon Gratch (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Arno Hartholt (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Margaux Lhommet (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Gale Lucas (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Stacy Marsella (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Fabrizio Morbini (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Angela Nazarian (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Stefan Scherer (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Giota Stratou (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Apar Suri (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
David Traum (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Rachel Wood (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Yuyu Xu (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Albert Rizzo (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)
Louis-Philippe Morency (USC Institute for Creative Technologies)

Characterizing Conflicts in Fair Division of Indivisible Goods using a Scale of Criteria (Page 1321)
Sylvain Bouveret (LIG - Grenoble INP)
Michel Lemaître (Formerly Onera)

Exploiting Separability in Multiagent Planning with Continuous-State MDPs (Page 1281)
Jilles S. Dibangoye (INRIA - Université de Lorraine)
Christopher Amato (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Olivier Buffet (INRIA - Université de Lorraine)
François Charpillet (INRIA - Université de Lorraine)

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Jay Modi Best Student Paper Nominees

Clustering Objects with Robots That Do Not Compute (Page 421)
Melvin Gauci (The University of Sheffield)
Jianing Chen (The University of Sheffield)
Wei Li (The University of Sheffield)
Tony J. Dodd (The University of Sheffield)
Roderich Gross (The University of Sheffield)

Constraining Information Sharing to Improve Cooperative Information Gathering (Page 237)
Igor Rochlin (Bar-Ilan University)
David Sarne (Bar-Ilan University)

Evaluating Coverage Based Intention Selection (Page 957)
Max Waters (RMIT)
Lin Padgham (RMIT)
Sebastian Sardina (RMIT)

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Blue Sky Ideas Best Paper Nominees

Computational Epidemiology as a Challenge Domain for Multiagent Systems (Page 1173)
Samarth Swarup (Virginia Tech)
Stephen G. Eubank (Virginia Tech)
Madhav V. Marathe (Virginia Tech)

Multiagent Systems for Social Computation (Page 1165)
Michael Rovatsos (The University of Edinburgh)

From Autistic to Social Agents (Page 1161)
Frank Dignum (Utrecht University)
Rui Prada (INESC-ID and Instituto Superior Tecnico)
Gert Jan Hofstede (Wageningen University)