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Call for Papers
Information Sharing in Large Scale Multi-Agent Systems
Workshop in conjunction to AAMAS 2013
Saint Paul, Minnesota
May 6-10, 2013
Scope & Objectives
Agents, devices and information sources connected in large scale
networks have to share information in effective ways, so as the right
information to reach the right agents at the appropriate time, for
agents to integrate and interpret data to perform the necessary tasks.
The diversity of data, the volatility and, in many emerging
applications, ubiquity, make the information sharing task a
challenging task. This is important in many real-world settings, where
voluminous information from different sources need to reach distant
agents. Sometimes, information by multiple sources needs to be fused,
before being propagated to the right agents: The later may need
information to be, for instance, extracted, implied, abstracted, or
somehow aggregated, by the different pieces of information available.
The problem becomes even more challenging when agents have different
"views" for the meaning of the information they share, when they have
to manipulate heterogeneous data from different sources, or when they
have to jointly control actuators.
In all the above cases, semantics play an important role.
Considering to be a decentralized control problem, information
searching and sharing in large-scale systems of cooperative agents is
a hard problem in the general case: The computation of an optimal
policy, when each agent possesses an approximate partial view of the
state of the environment and when agents'•˙ observations and
activities are interdependent, is hard.
The above considerations, has resulted to efforts that either require
agents to have a global view of the systems, to heuristics, to the pre-
computation of agents' information needs and information provision
capabilities for proactive communication, to localized reasoning
processes built on incoming information, to analytical frameworks for
coordination whose optimal policies can be approximated for small
(sub-) networks of associated agents, and to reinforcement learning
algorithms for hierarchical peer-to-peer information retrieval
systems. On the other hand, there is a lot of research on semantic
peer-to-peer search networks and social networks many of which deal
with tuning a network of peers for effective information searching.
Topics of Interest
With the advent of new opportunities in mobile computing, in the
social web and in the context of the internet of smart things, or in
other settings where information is inherently distributed among
several agents who have to share information (e.g. in rescue and large-
scale emergency scenarios), in this workshop we welcome high-quality
contributions with a focus on information sharing, as opposed to mere
information retrieval that happens through locating information
sources and querying.
Specific topics of interest therefore include, but are not limited to:
· Algorithms for information sharing among self-interested agents.
· Formal models of information sharing and formal properties
(e.g. convergence, completeness, optimality)
· Energy/cost-efficient and scalable information sharing methods
· Machine learning methods for "tuning" information sharing in
large scale settings
· Adaptive multi-agent organizations for information sharing
· Distributed semantic coordination for information sharing in
heterogeneous and large scale settings.
· Practical engineering issues for information sharing in large
· Information provenance, trust and reputation for information
· Environment abstractions and facilitators for effective
· Real-world applications of information sharing.
· Agent architectures for energy-efficient and scalable
We aim to foster discussion among researchers from the fields of agent-
based peer-to-peer systems, adapting and self-organized multi-agent
systems, large scale semantic coordination, decentralized control and
game theory interested to information sharing in open, dynamic large
scale settings of heterogeneous and/or mobile agents.
We seek high-quality submissions of full papers, limited to 8 pages in
length, and extended abstracts, limited to 4 pages in length.
All 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
The purpose of an extended abstract is to either (a) give the authors
the chance to present promising work, which is not fully matured as a
full paper, so that it can be polished through the discussion at the
workshop, or (b) present a short version of already published work.
To submit your paper (in PDF format), please go to the submission
The submission closes at 11:59 PM Hawaii Standard Time (HST = GMT -
10:00) on Feb 9.
Authors must follow the AAMAS 2013 proceedings guidelines.
Feb 9, 2013: Submission of contributions
March 1, 2013: Paper acceptance notifications
March 8, 2013: Submission of camera-ready versions
May, 6-10, 2013: Workshop and AAMAS 2013
George Vouros, University of Piraeus, Greece
Paul Scerry, Carnegie Mellon University, USA