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Call for Worshop Proposals

The AAMAS-2008 Organizing Committee invites proposals for the Workshop Program to be held on May 12-13 immediately prior to the main technical program of the AAMAS conference. The main goal of the AAMAS-2008 workshops is to stimulate and facilitate active exchange, interaction, and comparison of approaches, methods, and ideas related to specific topics, both theoretical and applied, in the general area of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. The AAMAS-08 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. Members from all areas of the AAMAS community are invited to submit workshop proposals for review. Workshops on new and emerging topics, or on applications, 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 active participants only.

Important Dates for Workshops

  •   NOVEMBER 9, 2007 - Proposal Submission Deadline
  •   NOVEMBER 26, 2007 - Acceptance Notification
  •   DECEMBER 10, 2007 - Deadline for posting Workshops Call for Papers
  •   DECEMBER 10, 2007 - AAMAS-08 Workshops Program Announced
  •   JANUARY 25, 2008 - Submission of contributions to workshops
  •   FEBRUARY 25, 2008 - Workshop paper acceptance notification
  •   MARCH 12, 2008 - Deadline for complete workshop notes submission to the workshop chair

Workshop chair

  •   MARCH 12, 2008 - Deadline for posting a Call for Participation
  •   MAY 12-13, 2008 - AAMAS-2008 WORKSHOPS

AAMAS-08 Workshops Requirements for Submission

Proposals for workshops should be a maximum of five pages in length, and should contain the
following information:

  • Title of the workshop.
  • 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.
  • A discussion of why and to whom the workshop is of interest.
  • 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 issue).
  • 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.
  • Description of paper review process and acceptance standards.
  • If available, a list of tentatively confirmed attendees.
  • 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 institutions.
  • The name of the primary contact for the organizing committee (this person must have an email address).
  • 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.
  • List of potential program committee members, including their title and affiliations.
  • Expected duration of the workshop (half or full day).
  • A list of places (distribution lists, web sites, journals, etc.) where the workshop is planned to be advertised.

Proposers are encouraged to send their draft proposal to potential participants for comments before submission. All proposals should be submitted by electronic mail, to the AAMAS-08 Workshop Chair:

Juan A. Rodriguez-Aguilar (jar@iiia.csic.es )

in plain ASCII text, as soon as possible but no later than: Friday November 9, 2007

Prospective organizers will be notified of the committee's decision no later than: Monday November 26, 2007

The selection of the workshops to be included in the final AAMAS program will be based upon multiple factors, including: the scientific/technical interest of the topics, the quality of the proposal, balance and distinctness of workshop topics, and the capacity of the conference workshop program. Note that authors of proposals addressing similar and/or overlapping content areas and/or audiences may be requested to merge their proposals.

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.
  • Duplicating working notes and distributing them to the participants.

Workshop organizers will be responsible for the following:

  • Setting up a web site for the workshop.
  • Advertising the workshop and issuing a call for papers (by DECEMBER 10,
    2007) and a call for participation (by MARCH 12, 2008).
  • 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 commit themselves to adopt the same deadlines for paper submissions and notifications of acceptance, i.e.,  JANUARY 25, 2008: Submissions of contributions to workshops; FEBRUARY 25, 2008: Notifications
  • Making the PDF of the whole workshop notes available to the workshop chair by MARCH 12, 2008, as well as a list of audio-visual requirements and any special room requirements.
  • 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 fulfilled, or if too few attendees register for the workshop to support its running costs. To cover costs, it will be
necessary to charge workshop participants a workshop fee.

Submissions and Inquiries

Please send proposals and inquiries to:
Juan A. Rodriguez-Aguilar
Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, IIIA Spanish National
Research Council, CSIC jar@iiia.csic.es

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