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    **Abstract Deadline extended to 24th January** **Apologies if you receive this more than once** CALL FOR PAPERS Sixth International Workshop on Agents and
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      **Abstract Deadline extended to 24th January**

      **Apologies if you receive this more than once**

      CALL FOR PAPERS

      Sixth International Workshop on Agents and Peer-to-Peer Computing (AP2PC
      2007)
      http://p2p.ingce.unibo.it/
      held in AAMAS 2007
      International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems
      Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
      from 14 May - 18 May 2007.

      CALL FOR PAPERS
      Peer-to-peer (P2P) computing has attracted enormous media attention,
      initially spurred by the popularity of file sharing systems such as
      Napster, Gnutella, and Morpheus. More recently systems like BitTorrent
      and eDonkey have continued to sustain that attention. New techniques
      such as distributed hash-tables (DHTs), semantic routing, and Plaxton
      Meshes are being combined with traditional concepts such as Hypercubes,
      Trust Metrics and caching techniques to pool together the untapped
      computing power at the "edges" of the internet. These new techniques and
      possibilities have generated a lot of interest in many industrial
      organizations, and has resulted in the creation of a P2P working group
      on standardization in this area. (http://www.irtf.org/charters/p2prg.html).

      In P2P computing peers and services forego central coordination and
      dynamically organise themselves to support knowledge sharing and
      collaboration, in both cooperative and non-cooperative environments. The
      success of P2P systems strongly depends on a number of factors. First,
      the ability to ensure equitable distribution of content and services.
      Economic and business models which rely on incentive mechanisms to
      supply contributions to the system are being developed, along with
      methods for controlling the "free riding" issue. Second, the ability to
      enforce provision of trusted services. Reputation based P2P trust
      management models are becoming a focus of the research community as a
      viable solution. The trust models must balance both constraints imposed
      by the environment (e.g. scalability) and the unique properties of trust
      as a social and psychological phenomenon. Recently, we are also
      witnessing a move of the P2P paradigm to embrace mobile computing in an
      attempt to achieve even higher ubiquitousness. The possibility of
      services related to physical location and the relation with agents in
      physical proximity could introduce new opportunities and also new
      technical challenges.

      Although researchers working on distributed computing, MultiAgent
      Systems, databases and networks have been using similar concepts for a
      long time, it is only fairly recently that papers motivated by the
      current P2P paradigm have started appearing in high quality conferences
      and workshops. Research in agent systems in particular appears to be
      most relevant because, since their inception, MultiAgent Systems have
      always been thought of as collections of peers.

      The MultiAgent paradigm can thus be superimposed on the P2P
      architecture, where agents embody the description of the task
      environments, the decision-support capabilities, the collective
      behavior, and the interaction protocols of each peer. The emphasis in
      this context on decentralization, user autonomy, dynamic growth and
      other advantages of P2P, also leads to significant potential problems.
      Most prominent among these problems are coordination: the ability of an
      agent to make decisions on its own actions in the context of activities
      of other agents, and scalability: the value of the P2P systems lies in
      how well they scale along several dimensions, including complexity,
      heterogeneity of peers, robustness, traffic redistribution, and so
      forth. It is important to scale up coordination strategies along
      multiple dimensions to enhance their tractability and viability, and
      thereby to widen potential application domains. These two problems are
      common to many large-scale applications. Without coordination, agents
      may be wasting their efforts, squander resources and fail to achieve
      their objectives in situations requiring collective effort.

      This workshop will bring together researchers working on agent systems
      and P2P computing with the intention of strengthening this connection.
      Researchers from other related areas such as distributed systems,
      networks and database systems will also be welcome (and, in our opinion,
      have a lot to contribute). We seek high-quality and original
      contributions on the general theme of "Agents and P2P Computing". The
      following is a non-exhaustive list of topics of special interest:

      - Intelligent agent techniques for P2P computing
      - P2P computing techniques for MultiAgent Systems
      - The Semantic Web, Semantic Coordination Mechanisms and P2P systems
      - Scalability, coordination, robustness and adaptability in P2P systems
      - Self-organization and emergent behavior in P2P networks
      - E-commerce and P2P computing
      - Participation and Contract Incentive Mechanisms in P2P Systems
      - Computational Models of Trust and Reputation
      - Community of interest building and regulation, and behavioral norms
      - Intellectual property rights in P2P systems
      - P2P architectures
      - Scalable Data Structures for P2P systems
      - Services in P2P systems (service definition languages, service
      discovery, filtering and composition etc.)
      - Knowledge Discovery and P2P Data Mining Agents
      - P2P oriented information systems
      - Information ecosystems and P2P systems
      - Security issues in P2P networks
      - Mobile P2P
      - Pervasive computing based on P2P architectures (ad-hoc
      networks,wireless communication devices and mobile systems)
      - Grid computing solutions based on agents and P2P paradigms
      - Legal issues in P2P networks

      PANEL
      The theme of the panel will be "Wireless P2P Networks and Agents in the
      Mobile Information Society". Recently, the P2P paradigm is embracing
      mobile computing and ad-hoc networks in an attempt to achieve even
      higher ubiquitousness. The possibility of data and services related to
      physical location and the relation with Agents and sensors in physical
      proximity could introduce new opportunities and also new technical
      challenges. Such dynamic environments, which are inherently
      characterized by high mobility and heterogeneity of resources like
      devices, participants, services, information and data representation,
      pose several issues on how to search and localize resources, how to
      efficiently route traffic, up to higher level problems related to
      semantic interoperability and information relevance. The panel will
      involve short presentations by the panelists followed by a discussion
      session involving the audience.

      IMPORTANT DATES
      Abstract submission(EXTENDED: 24th January 2007
      Paper submission: 5th February 2007
      Acceptance notification: 5th March 2007
      Camera-ready submission: 19th March 2007
      Workshop: 14-15th May 2007
      Camera ready for post-proceedings: 20th July 2007

      REGISTRATION
      Accomodation and workshop registration will be handled by the AAMAS 2007
      organization along with the main conference registration.

      SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
      Previously unpublished papers should be formatted according to the
      LNCS/LNAI author instructions for proceedings and they should not be
      longer than 12 pages (about 5000 words including figures, tables,
      references, etc.).

      Please submit your papers through the Microsoft conference management
      system: https://msrcmt.research.microsoft.com/AP2PC07/CallForPapers.aspx

      Particular preference will be given to those papers that build upon the
      contributions of papers presented at previous AP2PC workshops. In
      addition, please carefully consider the issues that our reviewers will
      be considering. Some of the issues our reviewers will be considering can
      be seen in this form:

      http://www.neurogrid.net/ap2pc2007/review-form.html

      At the very least we would encourage all authors to read the abstracts
      of the papers submitted to previous workshops - available from the links
      below:

      http://p2p.ingce.unibo.it/2002/
      http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-40109-22-2991818-0,00.html
      http://p2p.ingce.unibo.it/2003/
      http://www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-40109-22-37060961-0,00.html
      http://p2p.ingce.unibo.it/2004/
      http://www.springer.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-147-22-90285401-0,00.html

      http://p2p.ingce.unibo.it/2005/

      Particular preference will be given to both novel approaches and those
      papers that build upon the contributions of papers presented at previous
      AP2PC workshops.

      PUBLICATION
      Accepted papers will be distributed to the workshop participants as
      workshop notes. As in previous years post-proceedings of the revised
      papers (namely accepted papers presented at the workshop) will be
      submitted for publication to Springer in Lecture Notes in Computer
      Science series.

      ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
      Program Co-chairs

      Sonia Bergamaschi,
      Dept. of Science Engineering,
      University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia,
      via Vignolese, 905 - 41100 Modena Italy
      Tel. +39 059 2056132 - Fax +39 059 2056126
      E-mail: bergamaschi.sonia@...

      Zoran Despotovic
      Future Networking Lab,
      DoCoMo Communications Laboratories Europe,
      Landsberger Str. 312
      80687 Munich, Germany
      E-mail: despotovic@...

      Sam Joseph
      Dept. of Information and Computer Science,
      University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
      1680 East-West Road, POST 309, Honolulu, HI 96822
      E-mail: srjoseph@...

      Gianluca Moro
      Dept. of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems (DEIS)
      University of Bologna
      Via Venezia, 52
      I-47023 Cesena (FC), Italy
      Tel. +39 0547 339237, Fax +39 0547 339208
      Email: gmoro@...


      PROGRAM COMMITTEE
      Karl Aberer, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
      Alessandro Agostini, ITC-IRST, Trento, Italy
      Makoto Amamiya, Kyushu University, Japan
      Djamal Benslimane, Universite Claude Bernard, France
      Sonia Bergamaschi, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy
      M. Brian Blake, Georgetown University, USA
      Costas Courcoubetis, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece
      Alfredo Cuzzocrea, University of Calabria, Italy
      Vasilios Darlagiannis, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
      Zoran Despotovic, DoCoMo Communications Laboratory, Germany
      Maria Gini, University of Minnesota, USA
      Francesco Guerra, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
      Chihab Hanachi, University of Toulouse, France
      Sam Joseph, University of Hawaii, USA
      Frank Kamperman, Philips Research, The Netherlands
      Tan Kian Lee, National University of Singapore, Singapore
      Birgitta Ko"nig-Ries, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
      Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University, UAE
      Alberto Montresor, University of Bologna, Italy
      Gianluca Moro, University of Bologna, Italy
      Jean-Henry Morin, Korea University, South Korea
      Elth Ogston, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
      Andrea Omicini, University of Bologna, Italy
      Thanasis Papaioannou, Athens University of Economics & Business, Greece
      Paolo Petta, Austrian Research Institute for AI, Austria,
      Dimitris Plexousakis, Institute of Computer Science, FORTH, Greece
      Martin Purvis, University of Otago, New Zealand
      Omer F. Rana, Cardiff University, UK
      Douglas S. Reeves, North Carolina State University, USA
      Thomas Risse, Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany
      Claudio Sartori, University of Bologna, Italy
      Heng Tao Shen, University of Queensland, Australia
      Francisco Valverde-Albacete, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
      Maurizio Vincini, University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Italy
      Fang Wang, British Telecom Group, UK
      Steven Willmott, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
      Bin Yu, North Carolina State University, USA
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