CFP: Service-Oriented Computing and Agent-Based Engineering

From: Lawrence Cavedon (lcavedon@csli.Stanford.EDU)
Date: 02/22/05

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                    C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S
                           The Workshop on
                            to be held at 
             The Fourth International Joint Conference on
               Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems
                       Utrecht, The Netherlands
                   25 - 29 July 2005 (SOCABE date TBC)
    Service-Oriented Computing (SOC) is a newly emerging paradigm for 
    distributed computing and e-business processing that utilizes 
    services as fundamental elements to enable building agile networks of 
    collaborating business applications distributed within and across 
    organizational boundaries. Services are self-contained, platform-
    independent computational elements that can be described, published, 
    discovered, orchestrated and deployed for the purpose of developing 
    distributed applications across networks, including the Internet. 
    Service-based approaches include Web services, Semantic Web services, 
    and Grid services.
    While a service need not fulfill all characteristics of a strong 
    definition of agency, the SOC approach for building complex software 
    systems bears many similarities to the development of agent-based 
    systems. In particular, large systems are assembled from distributed 
    heterogeneous software components providing specialized services and 
    communicating using agreed-upon protocols. Similarly to certain 
    multi-agent engineering paradigms, the design process of such systems 
    focuses on the declarative characterization of the agents' 
    capabilities and on a message-based paradigm of interoperation. Also 
    similarly to multi-agent systems, management of the service provision 
    processes is dynamic and distributed, and takes into account the 
    requirements both at the individual services and system levels of the 
    composed application. It also needs to be adaptive in response to the 
    changing requirements, services and exceptions in the dynamic Web and 
    Grid environments.
    The area of Service Oriented Computing offers much of real interest 
    to the Multi Agent System community, including similarities in system 
    architectures and provision processes, powerful tools, and the focus 
    on issues such as quality of service, security and reliability. 
    Similarly, techniques developed in the MAS research community promise 
    to have a strong impact on this fast growing technology.
    It continues the theme of the former WSABE workshops held at AAMAS'03 
    ( and AAMAS'04 
    (, with an expanded theme reflecting the 
    broader scope encompassed by Service Oriented Computing.  
    The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the recent and significant 
    developments in the general area of Service Oriented Computing and 
    Software Agents and to promote cross-fertilization of techniques. We 
    seek original and high quality submissions that apply Multi Agent 
    research to Web Service frameworks, and vice versa, in innovative and 
    interesting ways. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
    * Architectures and infrastructure for distributed agent- or service-  
      oriented frameworks; 
    * Agent-based modeling and design techniques in service-oriented 
      system development; 
    * Multi-agent techniques to describing, organizing, and discovering 
    * Process modeling and planning for service/agent composition, 
      orchestration and coordination; 
    * Security support for agents and services, and agent-based 
      approaches to service security; 
    * Intelligent matchmaking, service brokering and service level 
      agreement negotiation; 
    * Services and the Semantic Web, including initiatives such as OWL-S; 
    * Deployment, packaging, and distribution of services and software 
    * Agent-based quality of service management; 
    * Intelligent services and service agents; 
    * Agent and service interoperability and integration 
    * Functional and non-functional aspects of agents and services; 
    * Agent-based service business models and applications (e.g. in e-
      Business, e-Science, Enterprise, Telecom etc.)
    Two types of submissions are available: regular submissions of length
    3000-4000 words (approx. 8-12 printed pages) and position papers of
    length 1200-2000 words (approx. 4-6 printed pages). Position papers
    (and some regular papers) may be presented as part of themed
    discussion panels; preference may be given to position papers that
    take strong or challenging positions on important emergent topics.
    Full papers must not exceed 15 pages and follow the author 
    instructions of Springer-Verlag that can be found at . All papers should be 
    in Adobe portable document format  (PDF) or PostScript format. The 
    paper should have a cover page, which  includes a 200-word abstract, 
    a list of keywords, and author's e-mail address. Authors should submit 
    a full paper via electronic submission to
    Submissions will be peer-reviewed by multiple reviewers. Selection
    criteria will include: relevance, significance, impact, originality,
    technical soundness, quality of presentation.  Some preference may
    also be given to papers which address emergent trends or important
    common themes, or which enhance balance of workshop topics.
    Since this is associated with the AAMAS conference, accepted papers
    must be of real relevance to the multi-agent research community.
    Accepted papers will be made available in electronic form prior to the
    workshop and a printed collection will be available at the
    workshop. The former WSABE2003 workshop formed the basis of a volume
    in Kluwer's MASA Series (; the
    proceedings of SOCABE2005 may also be used as the basis of a published
    volume, subject to appropriate quality.
    Submission due:		March 14, 2005
    Notification sent:	April 18, 2005
    Final papers due:	May 20, 2005
    Workshop:		July 25-26, 2005 (TBC)
    * Ryszard Kowalczyk (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
    * Zakaria Maamar (Zayed University, UAE) 
    * Lawrence Cavedon (Stanford University, USA)
    * David Martin (SRI International, USA)
    * Ingo Mueller (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
    * Stanislaw Ambroszkiewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
    * Djamal Benslimane (Lyon 1 University, France)
    * M. Brian Blake (Georgetown University, USA)
    * Peter Braun (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
    * Bernard Burg (Panasonic Research, USA)
    * Jonathan Dale (Fujitsu, USA)
    * Steve Goschnick (University of Melbourne, Australia)
    * Jun Han (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
    * W.J. van den Heuvel (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
    * Ying Huang (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA)
    * Patrick Hung (University of Ontario, Canada)
    * Mikko Laukkanen (TeliaSonera, Finland)
    * Seng Loke (Monash University, Australia)
    * Anne Ngu (Southwest Texas State University, USA)
    * Julian Padget (University of Bath, UK)
    * Lin Padgham (RMIT University, Australia)
    * Terry Payne (University of Southampton, UK)
    * Giovanna Petrone (University of Torino, Italy)
    * Andreas Polze (HPI, Germany)
    * Debbie Richards (Macquarie University, Australia)
    * Quan Z. Sheng (University of New South Wales, Australia)
    * Kwang Mong Sim (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
    * Eleni Stroulia (University of Alberta, Canada)
    * Jeff Sutherland (PatientKeeper, Inc., USA)
    * Philippe Thiran (Eindhoven University of Technology, the 
    * Hua Tianfield (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK)
    * Steve Wilmott (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain)
    * Jun Yan (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
    * Jian Yang (Macquarie University, Australia)
    * Yun Yang (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia)
    * Soe-Tsyr (Yuan National Chengchi University, Taiwan)

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