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Special track on Industry and Applications

(NEW!  Paper information due December 9 midnight (UCT) (unchanged).

Paper deadline extended to December 16 midnight (UCT) !!)

The AAMAS Conference Industry and Applications Track is dedicated to collect, present and discuss contributions reporting on industrial and commercial deployment of software agent technologies and their applications.  If you are working to commercialize agent technologies, or developing a real-world applications based on the agent technologies, you are coordially invited to submit papers on your current works, to help people discuss the answer to some of the existing key questions:

  • Which real-world applications can benefit of agent technology?
  • What are the main challenges?
  • How is autonomous agent and multi-agent systems research results contributing to viable business?
  • If agent technologies have not been largely commercialized yet, what is required to overcome the valley of death and survive the Darwinian sea?
  • What is your experiences in developing real world impact for agent technologies?

Novel papers in this general space are strongly encouraged. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Experiences gained from commercialization or commercialization attempts.
  • Return on investment analysis of agent technologies.
  • Insights into markets appropriate for agent technologies.
  • Commercial application of agents.
  • Application case studies
  • Agent applications for E-government.
  • Agent applications for defense or aerospace.
  • Agent applications for manufacturing, automation, and logistics.
  • Agent applications for telecommunication, media and entertainment.
  • Agent applications for health, smart living, ambient intelligence.
  • Agent applications for bio-technology.
  • Agent applications for telematics, monitoring and maintenance, and surveillance.
  • Agent applications for managing large scale infrastrctures.
  • Other applications of agents, such as in the non-profit sector.
  • Barriers to adoption or adoption facilitators.


What is the Industry and Applications track?

The AAMAS Industry and Applications Track is a special track at the AAMAS conference that runs in parallel with the regular AAMAS scientific track. The track is dedicated to fostering commercial, or real world, impact for agent technologies. The track will feature presentations, panels, invited talks, and demonstrations from industrial and academia participants, giving them an  opportunity to showcase the state of the art in agent technology.

Accepted papers of the AAMAS Industry and Applications Track will be included in the same electrical media (e.g. USB memory) with the main track papers. Hard copies of the proceedings are also available with fee upon request. The Industrial and Applications Track aims to foster mutually beneficial links between those engaged in foundational scientific research and those working to make autonomous agents and multi-agent systems a commercial reality.


How it will be Refereed?

The submission and reviewing processes for the AAMAS Industry and Applications Track will be separated from that of the regular scientific track. Whereas in the regular conference track the overriding refereeing
criterion is clearly scientific excellence, the Industry and Applications Track focuses primarily on the industrial relevance and technological significance of the contribution. Preference will be given to mature work demonstrating concrete industrial/commercial results and business value.

Examples of an "ideal" paper might include:

  1. Significance of problem solved, user needs and use cases;
  2. Technology innovation, why agents are superior to other technologies;
  3. Business case, return of investment analysis;
  4. Deployment scale and adoption.
     We discourage the submission of purely speculative papers or papers whose primary contribution is scientific. Papers focusing on purely scientific matters should be submitted to the regular conference track. We want your applied business experience with agent technologies.     


Submissions (Due date changed!!)

Please submit all paper submissions mail to:

Instructions for the submission of The AAMAS Industrial and Applications Track submissions:

Submitted papers should be formatted according to ACM specifications. ACM style guides, as well as templates and style sheets for Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, and LaTeX can be found here.

Papers must be 8 pages (regular paper) or 4 pages (short paper), including figures and references, when formatted using the specified style. Papers should be formatted for standard Letter paper size. (i.e. not A4) Overlength papers will be rejected. Notification of receipt of the electronic paper will be mailed to the first author (or designated author) soon after receipt.

Please send the contact information and abstract of your paper by plain text before December 9, 2007, midnight (UCT).

Last name:
First name:

In addition to the above, authors are required to submit their electronic papers. The only formats allowed for electronic submission are PostScript or PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format). Papers will not be accepted in any other format (e.g., MS Word) because of compatibility problems between software versions, machines, and nationalities. However, we strongly encourage the submission in PDF format. We cannot accept title pages or papers submitted by FAX. Electronic paper submissions must arrive no later than:
December 16, 2007, midnight UCT.

Submissions received after this date will not be considered for review.

Policy on Multiple Submissions

The AAMAS 2008 Industry and Applications Track will not accept any paper which, at the time of submission, is under review for or has already been published or accepted for publication in a journal or another conference. Authors are also expected not to submit their papers elsewhere during the AAMAS review period. These restrictions apply only to journals and conferences, not to workshops and similar specialized presentations with a limited audience and no formal proceedings.

Review process

Three Program Committee members will review each paper. The decision of the Program Committee Chairs will be final and cannot be appealed. Accepted papers will be scheduled for presentation and will be included in the Proceedings.

Notification of acceptance or rejection of submitted papers will be mailed to the first author (or designated author) by January 21, 2008. Note that at least one author of each accepted paper is required to register and to attend the conference to present the work.

Dates and Instructions

- Deadline for paper information December 9, 2007.
- Deadline for paper submission December 9, 2007.
- Deadline for paper submission December  16, 2007.
- Notification of acceptance or rejection January 21, 2008.
- Final versions due Approximately February 7, 2008.

For more information, contact the track co-chairs  (industrial@aamas2008.org).

Track Co-Chairs

Michael Berger Siemens AG, Germany
Bernard Burg Panasonic, USA
Satoshi Nishiyama KDDI Labs, Japan


Program Committee

David Allsopp  QinetiQ ltd
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw  IHMC
Birgit Burmeister  Daimler Research
Stefan Bussmann  MentalProof Software GmbH
Monique Calisti  Whitestein Technologies
Patricia Charlton  Motorola Labs
Adam Cheyer  SRI International
Jonathan Dale  Yahoo! Inc.
Ian Dickinson  HP Laboratories
Sigeru Fujita  Chiba Institute of Technology
Ravi Prakash Gorthi  Infosys Technologies Limited
Mark Greaves  Vulcan, Inc.
Dominic Greenwood  Whitestein Technologies
Martin Hofmann  Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
James Lawton  US Air Force Research Laboratory
Shigeo Matsubara  Kyoto University
Peter McBurney  University of Liverpool
Paul O'Brien  BT plc.
James Odell  Oslo Software, Inc
Van Dyke Parunak  NewVectors LLC
Michal Pechoucek  Gerstner Lab/Czech Technical University
Chris Reed  University of Dundee
Alex Rogers  University of Southampton
Jeff Rosenschein  Hebrew University
John Shepherdson  BT
Simon Thompson  BT
Tom Wagner  DARPA


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