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    *************************** Updated Submission Deadline and Important Dates: Paper Submissions: ------------------------------- February 04, 2013 Acceptance
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 17, 2013
      Updated Submission Deadline and Important Dates:
      Paper Submissions: ------------------------------- February 04, 2013
      Acceptance Notification: ------------------------- February 21, 2013
      Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: -------- March 07, 2013
      Conference Dates: ------------------------------- May 20 - 24, 2013

      The 4th International Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems and Collaborative Technologies
      (I-MASC 2013)


      As part of
      The 2013 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2013)

      May 20-24, 2013
      The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
      San Diego, California, USA

      Extended Submission Deadline: February 04, 2013

      Submissions could be for full papers (8 pages) or short papers (4 pages)

      Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) has grown into an interdisciplinary field that includes various tracks and embraces
      many previously distinctive research areas. Particularly, multi-agent coordination, a sub-area of MAS,
      investigates how multiple intelligent computational agents work together to achieve high-level goals beyond
      the capabilities of single agents. Many different approaches have been investigated, such as the partially
      observable Markov decision process (POMDP), task structure analysis, coordination communication protocols,
      etc. Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS) have evolved significantly as well. These tend to
      investigate the design and development of effective environments or tools that help human users work together
      in a distributed collaborative, possibly virtual, fashion. Some notable examples of CTS include
      Collaboratories, collaborative design/editing, and on-line collaboration tools and environments. CTS is
      beginning to look at the challenges of supporting coordinated, purposive activities. MAS is still facing
      challenges of scaling to large numbers of entities and real-world tasks (see, for example, Hendler's question
      of, "where are all the intelligent agents?"[1]).
      This workshop will explore potential synergy between CTS and MAS/coordination because they share a common
      ground: how multiple entities ? intelligent agents or humans alike - work together to carry out potentially
      related tasks. We will ask questions of whether and how design and development of collaborative systems,
      promoting coordinated human activity, could be enhanced by incorporating insights from MAS. Collaborative
      technologies embody practical considerations from the human users' points of view, allowing users to ignore
      how the underlying (agent) infrastructure is implemented. Meanwhile, MAS/coordination investigates
      intelligent agents' underlying algorithms and mechanisms and, in some cases, how artificial agents can
      interact with people as peers. Conversely, intelligent agents will not see significant acceptance, nor will
      they be able to manage the complexity and knowledge-intensity of meaningful practical applications, without
      developing some understanding of how to make effective use of human contributions throughout the
      specification, execution, evaluation, and refinement stages of the software lifecycle.
      This workshop solicits papers that discuss synergies between MAS and CTS, possible advantages/disadvantages
      of hybrids between them for designing and developing modern distributed collaborative software systems, and
      research and/or real-world experience and/or applications and/or lessons learned that involve both CTS and
      MAS. That is, any paper that addresses both CTS and MAS, preferably in one or a set of applications that
      share similar underlying research challenges, is of interest to this workshop. An example could be: the
      design and development of a collaborative environment (say, a distributed planning tool) that enables
      multiple heterogeneous, human experts and agents to work in combination across computer networks on courses
      of actions in response to cyber attacks. Another example might be systems or interfaces supporting the
      division of labor between CTS and MAS elements during execution.

      The Workshop topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
      * MAS: Coordination of and by Computational Agents
      - Agent Communication, Languages and Protocols
      - Agent Models and Architectures
      - Multi-Agent Coordination and Cooperation
      - Human-Agent Interaction
      - Multi-User/Multi-Agent Interaction
      - Teamwork, Coalition Formation, Coordination
      - Peer to Peer Coordination
      - Modeling the Dynamics of MAS
      - Agent-based System Development
      - Collective Decision Making
      - Bargaining and Negotiation
      - Auction and Mechanism Design
      - Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Agents
      - Complex MAS
      - Virtual Agents Applications
      - Conversational Agents
      - Distributed Task Planning and Execution
      - Cooperation with Humans and Robots
      - Collective Intelligence
      - Agent Reasoning
      - Mining Agents
      - Security Agents

      * CTS: Agent Technologies and Systems Supporting Collaboration Among Humans
      - Architectures and Design of Collaborative Systems
      - Frameworks and Methodologies for Collaboration
      - Cognitive and Psychological Issues in Collaboration
      - Collaborative Human-Centered Systems
      - Cultural Aspects & Human Factors in Collaboration
      - Interfaces for Collaborative Work
      - Social Software Based Collaboration
      - Visualization of Collaborative Processes
      - Web Infrastructure for Collaborative Applications
      - Information Infrastructure for Collaboration
      - Management of Metadata for Collaboration
      - Mobile and Wireless Collaboration Systems
      - Modeling and Simulation of Collaboration
      - Platforms for Collaboration
      - Collaboration in Domain Applications

      Important: A submitted paper must have keywords from BOTH lists of MAS and CTS!

      Synergies of CTS and MAS topics are of interest with respect to any phase of a human or software systems
      lifecycle: specification, implementation, testing, evaluation, and deployment.

      You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on the above and other topics related to
      Collaborative Technologies and Multi-Agent Systems. Submitted papers must not have been published or
      simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation
      addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding
      author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words.
      We welcome prospective participants to submit either full papers (up to 8 pages) or short papers (up to 4
      pages). The manuscript should use the two-column IEEE format. Additional pages will be charged at additional
      fee. In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence must be
      indicated. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to
      provide helpful comments. Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the Workshop paper submission site at
      the link:

      Notably, (1) only PDF files will be accepted; (2) papers should have the following name format for easy
      identification: `Surname_Initial_1.PDF', where the Surname is that of the first author; and (3) follow the
      Easy Chair website instructions to login into the system (or create your account if necessary) and upload
      your paper accordingly.

      Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality,
      relevance, technical clarity and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the
      authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their
      papers will be registered and presented at the workshop.

      Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format
      and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2013 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the
      proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The
      proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed accordingly.
      If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the workshop organizers.

      Paper Submissions: ------------------------------------------- February 04, 2013
      Acceptance Notification: ------------------------------------- February 21, 2013
      Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: -------------- March 07, 2013
      Conference Dates: -------------------------------------------- May 20 - 24, 2013


      Dr. Myriam Abramson
      Naval Research Laboratory,
      Washington, DC 20375-5337, USA
      Phone: +1 (202) 404-7342
      Email: Myriam.Abramson@...

      Dr. Wei Chen
      Intelligent Automation, Inc.
      15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD 20855, USA
      Phone : +1 (301) 294-5278, Email: wchen@...

      Dr. Edmund Durfee
      Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
      2260 Hayward Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109-2121, USA
      Phone: +1 (734) 936-1563, Email: durfee@...

      Dr. Robert Neches
      Washington, DC 20301-3040, USA
      Phone: + (571) 256-7031
      Email: Robert.Neches@...

      International Program Committee
      All submitted papers will be reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar
      criteria used in CTS 2013.
      * Christopher Amato Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
      * Giacomo Cabri University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
      * Kerstin Dautenhahn University of Hertfordshire, UK
      * Zhi Jin Peking University, China
      * Frank Liu Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
      * Peng Liu Pennsylvania State University, USA
      * Christopher Lynnes NASA, USA
      * Priya Ranjan Human Development Foundation, India
      * Waleed W. Smari University of Dayton, USA
      * Haibin Zhu Nipissing University, Canada
      * Bradley Clement NASA JPL, USA
      * Kevin Cousin AFIT, USA
      * Geoffrey Fox Indiana University, USA

      For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special
      sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information
      about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference's web site
      at URL: http://cts2013.cisedu.info/ or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs: Geoffrey C.
      Fox at gcf@... and Waleed W. Smari at Smari@....
      1 "The Challenge of Finding Intelligent Agents," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 3-5, 7,
      July/Aug. 2007, doi:10.1109/MIS.2007.78
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