Agents (adaptive or intelligent agents and multi-agent systems) are one of
the most prominent and attractive technologies in Computer Science at the
beginning of the new century.
Agent and MAS technologies, methods,and theories are currently contributing
to many diverse domains such as information retrieval, user interface
design, robotics, electronic commerce, computer mediated collaboration,
computer games, education and training, smart environments, ubiquitous
computers, social simulation, etc.
They are not only a very promising technology, they are emerging as a new
way of thinking, a conceptual paradigm for analyzing problems and for
designing systems, for dealing with complexity, distribution and
interactivity, and perhaps a new perspective on computing and intelligence.
Yet to realize this promise further advances are required in agent
architectures, languages, theories, and design techniques.
To accept this challenge, three very successful and high level events
— AA (the International Conference on Autonomous Agents), ICMAS
(theInternational Conference on Multi-Agent Systems), and ATAL (the
International Workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages)
— have decided to build on their past successes and converge in 2002
ina Joint Conference.
The aims of this joint venture are:
- to strengthen the relationships within the broader Agent
- to enhance quality while promoting innovation,
- to encourage richer exchanges between theoretical and experimental
research and applications, modelling and engineering, and between the
micro and the macro levels of agent design, and
- to foster collaboration between information science and technology
and the cognitive and social sciences.