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ALAW - 1st International Meeting on Agents Living in Augmented Worlds

Workshop held at ECAI, the 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (

The Hague, Netherlands, 29th August 2016 


  • Cristiano Castelfranchi, ISTC-CNR Roma
  • Gregory O'Hare, UCD Dublin
  • Alessandro Ricci, University of Bologna (Contact organizer -
  • Luca Tummolini,  ISTC-CNR Roma


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

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.


  • Agents Living in Augmented Worlds - Setting the Stage
    • A. Ricci and L. Tummolini 
    • slides
  • Exploring the advantages of an Agent oriented approach to developing Augmented Reality worlds 
  • Breaking the wall and going out to hunt Pokemon agents
    • J. A. Rincon & C. Carrascosa 
    • slides
  • Realistic agents in augmented reality
  • The Collective Mind in an Augmented World
  • A Framework for Coordinated Agency in Augmented Worlds
  • Symbolic Environments and the Cultural Aspects of Augmented Worlds
  • Understanding a world of augmented worlds

The abstracts of the talks  can be found here.

Tentative Programme

The tentative programme can be found here.