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    AGENTLINK UPDATE # 31 --- 12 December 2000 This is the email newsletter of AgentLink -- Europe s Network of Excellence for Agent-based Computing. The AgentLink
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      AGENTLINK UPDATE # 31 --- 12 December 2000

      This is the email newsletter of AgentLink -- Europe's Network of
      Excellence for Agent-based Computing. The AgentLink WWW site is


      IMPORTANT: Please take the time to ensure that every member of your
      group receives a copy of the AgentLink update. If you have a group
      mail alias, why not get this alias to be added to the mailing list?
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      * AgentLink Meetings in Amsterdam (February 22-23, 2001)

      * Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce SIG Meeting

      * Agent Based Social Simulation SIG

      * Structure and Organisation of AgentLink Meetings in AgentLink II

      * Travel/Subsistence support for student authors attending the
      i3net/AgentLink Workshop on Agent Coordination and
      Context-Adaptation in a World of Disappearing Computers (April
      24-25, 2001)

      * Proactive Initiative on Global Computing


      * AgentLink Meetings in Amsterdam (February 22-23, 2001)

      As announced in AgentLink Update #30, AgentLink will hold the
      first major meeting of AgentLink II on 22nd and 23rd February in
      February, 2001, in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam.

      The first day will involve plenary sessions, targetting industrial
      problems and interests in particular, with the second day being given
      over to breakout sessions for more focussed SIG meetings from the
      following SIGs. Please contact the SIG coordinators directly for
      details of the individual SIG programmes, and for participation

      * Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce
      Coordinator: Carles Sierra (mailto:sierra@...)

      * Agent-based social simulation
      Coordinator: Rosaria Conte (mailto:conte@...)

      * Intelligent Information Agents
      Coordinator: Matthias Klusch (mailto:klusch@...)

      Limited travel support is available for those participating in SIG
      meetings and in the plenary sessions. Please contact SIG organisers
      directly for information on how to participate, and/or check the SIG
      web pages at http://www.agentlink.org/activities/ for updates in due

      We would also like to encourage participation from members new to SIGs
      both at the plenary sessions and the breakout sessions. Some support
      may also be available for members to attend the plenary session;
      details of this will be available soon.


      * Agent-Mediated Electronic Commerce SIG Meeting

      Provisional details of the AMEC SIG meeting are available at

      http://www.iiia.csic.es/AMEC/Amsterdam.html. The provision schedule
      includes the following.

      An open discussion about the goals and objectives of AMEC SIG
      within AgentLink II

      An open panel discussion about different views and solutions to
      the power trade market as defined by Julian Padget (powertrade)

      A series of short research presentations containing the latest
      results on the area.

      Participation is by invitation only - that is, participation must be
      confirmed by both the meeting chair and the participant. If you are
      interested in participating please send a short message to
      sierra@... NOT LATER THAN January 14, 2001. Your email should
      include the following.

      1. Your name, exact affiliation (incl. phone, fax, email, web)

      2. Type of participation suggested (you can select more than one)

      a. Participation in the panel 'Industry and AgentLink' - we
      strongly encourage developers from industry to participate
      here in order to have a better orientation of activities
      within AgentLink II.

      b. Presentation of a progress report (send a title and short
      abstract in this case).

      c. Participation in the panel on 'Electronic Institutions and
      Power trade....

      d. Only attending.

      3. An indication as to whether you request funding by AgentLink
      according to the constraints below.

      Limited travel support is possible according to following constraints:

      1. Your company, institute or university is member of AgentLink.

      2. Only one person per AgentLink node participating at the meeting
      may be funded.

      3. The final decision on funding rests with AgentLink.

      AgentLink (AL) will fund a *maximum* of one person from each AL member
      node to attend *each* SIG meeting, provided that these people are
      *actively participating* (e.g. by presenting something, see

      The maximum support that AgentLink can offer is 600EUR per person. All
      claims over this figure will be covered with 600EUR.


      * Agent Based Social Simulation SIG

      Details of the ABSS SIG meeting on 23rd February 2001 will be given
      soon. Please contact the SIG coordinators directly for details of the
      individual SIG programme, and for participation details.

      Coordinator: Rosaria Conte (mailto:conte@...)
      Co-Coordinator: Scott Moss (mailto:s.moss@...)

      The focus of the SIG is described below, with more information at


      Under AgentLink 1, the Agent Based Social Simulation SIG meetings
      concentrated initially on the sharing of work and objectives among the
      various sections of the community. In two SIG meetings held under
      AgentLink 1, they moved towards the identification of issues and
      areas to be developed by the European agent based simulation community.
      Simulation has been found essential to model (and experiment with) (a)
      institutions and norms (and the relative mechanisms of enforcement and
      propagation),(b) to design and manage organisations, and (c) to explore
      the impact of social intelligence and learning mechanisms on the previous

      Two most promising and immediate areas have been identified in which
      agent based simulation can find the most promising basis for further
      development. These areas are the software for large scale complex
      systems and the area of social policy. These areas of work are
      turning out to be closely related. Work by the social simulation
      community in both areas are problem oriented rather than technique

      driven. Both are concerned with software systems in which large
      numbers agents have a dense pattern of interaction. Computer science
      applications include

      (a) regulation of electronic and info societies (see the European
      Project ALFEBIITE (A Logical Framework for Ethical Behaviour between
      Infohabitans in the Information Trading Economy of the Universal
      Information Ecosystem):


      (b) simulation of information markets and electronic commerce systems.
      Social policy applications include the use of ABSS to support
      participatory policy-making. See the European Project FIRMA
      (Freshwater Integrated Resource Management with Agents):


      Both Projects received a strong impulse from their partners' participation
      in the ABSS SIG.

      The ABSS community in Europe is uniquely well placed to make progress in
      this area of complex systems populated by intensively interacting
      agents. On the basis of existing work, we hope to draw "industrial"
      collaborators from government environmental agencies, from companies in
      environmentally sensitive areas such as water supply and waste disposal,
      and from companies developing software for such inherently complex
      applications as datamining in federated databases or the internet.


      * Structure and Organisation of AgentLink Meetings

      The AgentLink Management Committee has agreed a provisional schedule
      of meetings for AgentLink II as follows:

      o Amsterdam, SIGs, February 2001
      o Prague, SIGs and Summer School, July 2001
      o SIGs, Winter 2001/2
      o Bologna, Summer School, 2002
      o SIGs, Winter 2002/3

      While the structure of the February 2001 meeting is relatively
      well-defined, we would welcome feedback on the ways in which you would
      like to see AgentLink move forward with future meetings. Please send
      comments and suggestions to coordinator@.... AgentLink is
      here to support its members and can only address the needs of its
      members if you contribute to the discussion.


      * Travel/Subsistence support for student authors attending the
      i3net/AgentLink Workshop on Agent Coordination and
      Context-Adaptation in a World of Disappearing Computers (April
      24-25, 2001)

      AgentLink has agreed to provide limited travel & subsistence support
      to student authors with papers accepted at the workshop on Agent
      Coordination and Context-Adaptation in a World of Disappearing
      Computers, to be held in Porto, Portugal in April 2001.

      More detailed information about the workshop is available at

      http://aos2.uniba.it:8080/ws7-i3.html. Details of the application
      procedure will be given early next year.


      * Proactive Initiative on Global Computing

      The Future and Emerging Technologies unit of the IST programme is
      launching a proactive initiative on Global Computing (GC) in 2001. A
      web page has been set up (http://www.cordis.lu/ist/fetgc.htm) where

      you can find all the information available related to GC, and the
      dates of local information days in several countries.

      Note that there will be a GC specific information day in Brussels on
      the 31/1/2001. The programme will include an overview of the FET
      Programme, an introduction to the initiative, and invited talks by
      experts in the field who will present their own visions of the
      challenges of Global Computing. In addition, participants interested
      in submitting a proposal under the initiative are given the
      opportunity to present (in not more than one slide) a brief overview
      of their organisation and the type of project they wish to
      propose. There will be ample time for questions and for discussions
      with representatives of the European Commission. Details are available
      at http://www.cordis.lu/ist/fetgc-br.htm

      The scientific goals of the programme are to harness the flexibility
      and power of rapidly evolving interacting systems, radically new
      foundational ideas and principles are required. The aim of this
      research action is to develop the theoretical foundations needed to
      enable the design of these systems in the future and to cope with the
      many complex issues raised by their construction.

      The goal of this initiative as a whole is to obtain techniques
      (models, frameworks, methods, algorithms) for constructing systems
      that are flexible, dependable, secure, robust and efficient. The
      dominant concerns are not those of representing and manipulating data
      efficiently but rather those of handling the co-ordination and
      interaction, security, reliability, robustness, failure modes, and
      control of risk of the entities in the system and the overall design,
      description and performance of the system itself. Completely different
      paradigms of computer science may have to be developed to tackle these
      issues effectively.

      The research should concentrate on systems having the following

      o The systems are composed of autonomous computational entities
      where activity is not centrally controlled, either because
      global control is impossible or impractical, or because the
      entities are created or controlled by different owners.

      o The computational entities are mobile, due to the movement of
      the physical platforms or by movement of the entity from one
      platform to another.

      o The configuration varies over time. For instance, the system
      is open to the introduction of new computational entities and
      likewise their deletion. The behaviour of the entities may
      vary over time.

      o The systems operate with incomplete information about the
      environment. For instance, information becomes rapidly out of
      date and mobility requires information about the environment
      to be discovered.

      The ultimate goal of the research action is to provide a solid
      scientific foundation for the design of such systems, and to lay the
      groundwork for achieving effective principles for building and
      analysing such systems.


      Dr Michael Luck Electronics and Computer Science
      voice: +44 23 8059 6657 University of Southampton

      fax: +44 23 8059 3313 Highfield
      email: mml@... Southampton SO17 1BJ

      http://www.iam.ecs.soton.ac.uk United Kingdom
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