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911AAMAS-14: Call for Workshops

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  • Matthew Taylor
    Sep 23, 2013
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      Please note changes in the
      submission procedure.

                    AAMAS 2014 -- Call for Workshop Proposals

      The AAMAS-2014 Organizing Committee invites proposals for the Workshop
      Program to be held on May 5-6, 2014 immediately prior to the main
      technical program of the AAMAS conference. The main goal of the
      AAMAS-2014 workshop program is to stimulate and facilitate discussion,
      interaction, and comparison of approaches, methods, and ideas related
      to specific topics, both theoretical and applied, in the general area
      of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems. The AAMAS-2014 workshops
      will provide an informal setting where participants will have the
      opportunity to discuss specific technical topics in an atmosphere that
      fosters the active exchange of ideas.

      The 2014 edition of AAMAS will see, for the first time, an integration
      of workshops and tutorials, traditionally held separately. The
      AAMAS-2014 Organizing Committee asks all workshops to include a
      tutorial session. A tutorial session might include, for example, a
      discussion of the main issues in the research themes of interest to
      the workshop, and give a historical perspective, particularly for
      long-running workshops. It would be an excellent way to attract new
      participants and introduce students to the workshop. There is no
      restriction on the length of the proposed tutorial.

      Members from all areas of the AAMAS community are invited to submit
      workshop proposals for review. Workshops on new and emerging topics,
      applications, and on broader topics of interest to a wider community
      are particularly encouraged. Workshops can vary in length, but most
      will be one full day in duration. Workshop organizers and attendees
      must register for their workshop and preferably also for the main
      AAMAS conference. Attendance is limited to registered participants.

      *** Important Dates ***

      November 06, 2013: Proposal Submission Deadline
      November 25, 2013: Notification of Selected Workshops
      December 04, 2013: Deadline for posting Workshop Call for Papers
      December 04, 2013: AAMAS-2014 Workshop Program Announced
      January  22, 2014: Recommended deadline for Workshop Submissions
      February 19, 2014: Recommended deadline for Workshop Notification
      March    19, 2014: Deadline for complete workshop notes submission
                         to the workshop chairs
      March    19, 2014: Deadline for posting Workshop Call for Participation
      May     5-6, 2014: AAMAS-2014 Workshops

      *** Requirements for Submission ***

      Proposals for workshops should be a maximum of five pages in length
      (in plain ASCII text), and should contain the following information:

      1.  Title of the workshop.

      2.  A technical description of the workshop, specifying the workshop
          goals, the technical issues that it will address, and the
          relevance of the workshop to the main conference.

      3.  A discussion of why and to whom the workshop is of interest.

      4.  A brief description of a proposal for a tutorial session to be
          held as part of the workshop.

      5.  A list of related workshops held within the last three years, if
          any, and their relation to the proposed workshop.  Information
          about previous offerings of the proposed workshop: when and where
          it has been offered in the past (i.e., with AAMAS or another
          conference), organizers names and affiliations, number of
          submissions, acceptances and registered attendees, and follow-up
          publications, if any (e.g., journal special issues).

      6.  For workshops that have had previous editions (even if they had
          different titles and were not held with AAMAS), include a list of
          URLs of the websites of the previous editions.

      7.  A preliminary workshop agenda and a proposed schedule for
          organizing the workshop. This should include a brief description
          of how the organizers intend to encourage an atmosphere
          appropriate for a workshop.

      8.  Description of the paper review process and acceptance standards.

      9.  If available, a list of tentatively confirmed attendees.

      10. The names, affiliations, postal addresses, phone numbers, and
          email addresses of the proposed workshop organizing
          committee. This committee should consist of three or four people
          knowledgeable about the technical issues to be addressed.  The
          organizing committee should include individuals from multiple

      11. The name of the primary contact for the organizing committee (this
          person must reply promptly to email messages).

      12. A description of the qualifications of the individual committee
          members with respect to organizing an AAMAS workshop, including a
          list of workshops previously arranged by any members of the
          proposed organizing committee, if any.

      13. List of potential program committee members, including their title
          and affiliations.

      14. Expected duration of the workshop (usually a full day).

      15. A list of places (distribution lists, web sites, journals, etc.)
          where the workshop is planned to be advertised.

      All proposals should be submitted by electronic mail, in plain ASCII
      text, to the AAMAS-2014 Workshop Chairs, email address
      aamas2014.workshops@..., as soon as possible and no later than
      Wednesday November 6th, 2013.

      The selection of the workshops to be included in the final AAMAS
      program will be done by the general chairs of AAMAS 2014 based on the
      advice of the workshop chairs. The selection is based upon multiple
      factors, including: the scientific/technical interest of the topics,
      the clarity of the proposal in addressing the requested information,
      the innovative character of workshop topics, the cross-disciplinary
      nature of the workshop, the proposed tutorial session, and the
      capacity of the conference workshop program.

      *** Responsibilities of AAMAS and workshop organizers ***

      For all accepted proposals, AAMAS will be responsible for:
      - Providing publicity for the workshop series as a whole.
      - Providing logistic support and a meeting place for the workshop.
      - Together with the organizers, determining the workshop date and time.
      - Provide one free workshop registration when the workshop has more
        than 15 registrations.
      - AAMAS reserves the right to cancel workshops, for example in case
        of low number of registrants.

      Workshop organizers will be responsible for:
      - Setting up a website for the workshop.
      - Advertising the workshop and issuing a call for papers (by December
        4, 2012) and a call for participation (by March 19, 2013).
      - Collecting and evaluating submissions, notifying authors of
        acceptance or rejection on a timely basis, and ensuring a
        transparent and fair selection process.
      - All workshop organizers are strongly advised to adopt the same
        deadlines for paper submissions and notifications of acceptance,
        i.e., January 29, 2014 for submissions of contributions to
        workshops, and February 26, 2014 for notifications.
      - Creating the PDF file with the whole workshop notes and making it
        available to the workshops chair by March 19, 2014, as well as a
        list of audio-visual requirements and any special room
        requirements. The workshops notes will only be given to participants
        in electronic form, so please include the following sentence in your
        call for papers: "Workshop notes including all accepted papers will
        be distributed to AAMAS-2014 registrants in electronic form. Printed
        workshop notes will NOT be made available to workshop participants."
      - Ensuring that the workshop organizers and the participants register
        for the workshop and are invited to register to the main conference
        (at least one author must register for the workshop in order for a
        paper to appear in the workshop proceedings). AAMAS reserves the
        right to cancel any workshop if the above responsibilities are not

      *** Submissions and Inquiries ***

      Please send proposals and inquiries to: aamas2014.workshops@...

      *** Workshop Co-Chairs ***

      Rafael H. Bordini
      PUCRS, Brazil

      José M. Vidal
      University of South Carolina, SC, USA