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ALAW - 2nd International Meeting on Agents Living in Augmented Worlds

Symposium held at the 2017 AISB Convention (

University of Bath, UK - 18-21th April 2017


  • Alessandro Ricci, DISI - University of Bologna 
  • Abraham Campbell, UCD, Dublin 
  • Harko Verhagen, DSV, Stockholm University 
  • Luca Tummolini, ISTC-CNR Rome


The objective of the symposium is to be an inter-disciplinary forum where to discuss any aspect that concerns agent-based augmented worlds, from their conceptual and theoretical foundations, to their design and engineering, and their applications to specific domains.  

Augmented worlds are systems that provide different degrees of "augmentation" of the physical environments and their human inhabitants, by means of mixed/augmented reality technologies, pervasive computing/IoT and wearable devices. 

The scale of future augmented worlds range from small environments and augmented individual artifacts, up to large augmented realities and aggregates, including buildings, neighborhoods, or entire cities. Intelligent agents and related technologies represent a natural way to model the citizens living on the digital side of these augmented worlds, as either the soul of smart/augmented objects, or as the smart assistants of human users inhabiting these worlds, or rather as distributed and situated teams helping human coordination and cooperation. Pervasive computing, IoT and the Cloud, as well as mobile augmented/mixed reality frameworks, represent the  enabling technologies on top of which the agent-oriented layers are based.

The workshop aims at exploring the impact that these augmented worlds can have on making individual and collective human/agent actions more effective, on enhancing human/agent reasoning capability, imagination, learning, sociality, and so on. On how activities and processes can be (re-)shaped. On how the physical environment where these augmented worlds are instantiated can be (re-)shaped, accordingly. How to make richer and proactive the affordance of objects and their cognitive ergonomics. Agent-based augment worlds can be a lab where to explore novel forms of human augmentation - besides reality augmentation - along different dimensions, such as cognition and sociality.  Novel forms of interactions can be studied inside them, enabling humans communicating/cooperating - either explicitly or implicitly - with other humans and with the intelligent agents populating and shaping such augmented worlds.


The partial list of topics of interest for the workshop includes:

  • models/theories of agency and MAS living in/shaping augmented worlds
  • methodologies for designing agent systems living in/shaping augmented worlds
  • interaction, coordination, cooperation models inside augmented worlds
  • agent-based platforms and technologies for developing augmented worlds
  • human augmentation by means of agents and multi-agent systems in augmented worlds
  • real-world applications designed as agent-based augmented worlds
  • cross-fertilization from other related areas such as (pervasive) game research, social computing, agent research


The symposium welcomes research contributions which would allow to solicit the discussion and brainstorming about any relevant aspect related to agents living in an augmented worlds, either theoretical/conceptual and practical. 

The format of the contribution could be:

  • Full-paper - for mature, well-developed contribution (8-12 pages)
  • Position paper / short papers - seminal ideas (4 pages)
  • Extended abstract + poster / demo (2 pages)

Papers can be submitted here: in PDF format. Submissions should use the Springer LNCS format, following the guidelines at

Important dates

  • Paper submission: 29th January  2017
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: 1st March 2017
  • Camera ready: 13th March 2017
  • Convention: 19-21 April 2017 University of Bath; symposium date to be confirmed