CFP - Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS) 2017

5th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS 2017)

Two days workshop May 8-9, 2017

Co-located with AAMAS 2017 (

May 8-12, 2017, Sao Paulo - Brazil


Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS) 2017 aims to gather researchers and practitioners in the domains of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE), PROgramming Multi-Agent Systems (ProMAS) and Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies (DALT) to present and discuss their research and outcomes in MAS engineering. The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the cross-fertilization of ideas and experiences in the various fields to: further our knowledge in MAS engineering and improve the state-or-the art; define research directions that are useful to practitioners; and encourage practitioners to use established methodologies for the development of large-scale MAS.

EMAS 2017 will appeal to any researcher and practitioner who is interested in the theoretical and practical aspects of MAS engineering. In addition to paper presentations, the program will include keynote speakers, varied panels and lively discussions. The workshop encourages researchers and practitioners at all levels (i.e., junior and senior) to exchange ideas, share learned experiences and hopefully converge on the definition of relevant directions for the field.

The list of topics includes but is not limited to:

  • Programming frameworks, languages, models and abstractions for all aspects of MAS
    • cognitive models and architectures, such as the BDI
    • agent-oriented programming concepts and abstractions
    • patterns and idioms for agent-oriented programming
    • social, organizational and normative aspects
    • agent coordination
    • agent communication, trust, commitments and reputation
    • contracts, negotiation policies
    • mobile agents
    • applying agent-oriented programming to real-world applications
  • Formal methods and declarative technologies for specification,verification and engineering of MAS
    • semantics for multi-agent programming languages
    • modal and epistemic logics for agent modeling
    • game theory and mechanism design for multi-agent systems
    • semantics of agent communication
    • (constraint) logic programming approaches to agent systems
    • distributed constraint satisfaction
    • declarative approaches to engineering agent-based systems
    • high-level executable multi-agent specification languages
    • algorithms for multi-agent programming (e.g., coordination,cooperation, negotiation)
  • MAS software engineering methodologies and techniques, and development concerns
    • software architectures for multi-agent systems
    • qualities and tradeoffs of agent-based architectures
    • goal-oriented design
    • reusable design knowledge: patterns and reference architectures
    • modeling languages for agents and MAS
    • testing of agent-based software
    • fault tolerance and load balancing for mobile MAS
    • safety and security for mobile MAS deployment
    • autonomy vs. dependability and robustness
    • security and trust in multi-agent systems
  • Interoperability and integration
    • interoperability and standards for MAS
    • standardization efforts for multi-agent systems
    • integration of multi-agent and mainstream technologies
    • integration of agents with legacy systems
    • middleware integration of agent-based software
    • implications of introducing agent-based solutions on the development organization
  • Tools and testbeds
    • benchmarks and testbeds for comparing multi-agent programming languages and tools
    • CASE tools to support agent-oriented software development in practice
    • agent/environment/interaction/organization development tools and platforms
    • generic tools and infrastructures for multi-agent programming
    • coordination infrastructures for multi-agent systems
  • Using MAS techniques for
    • engineering self-organizing or self-adaptive systems
    • systems of systems engineering
    • service-oriented computing and semantic web
    • multi-agent based simulation
    • social engineering
    • concurrent and distributed systems
    • grid computing
    • pervasive computing
  • Empirical studies and (industrial) experience reports on engineering MAS applications for domains
    • e-health
    • e-commerce
    • e-learning
    • socio-technical systems
    • social networks
    • (human-)robot systems
The EMAS workshop has been held as part of AAMAS since 2013 and was affiliated to AAMAS through the AOSE, ProMAS and DALT workshops since its inception. The fifth edition of the workshop follows the successful editions that was held in 2013 in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2014 in Paris, France, in 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey and in 2016 in Singapore. The workshop will be held in May in conjunction with AAMAS 2017, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The post-proceedings of EMAS 2013 (LNAI 8245), EMAS 2014 (LNAI 8758), EMAS 2015 (LNAI 9318), EMAS 2016 (LNAI 10093) have been published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series. The most "visionary paper" will be published by Springer in a book under the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) - Hot Topics series. The book will be a compilation of the most visionary papers of the AAMAS-2017 Workshops, where one paper will be selected from each AAMAS-2017 workshop. Additionally, the "best paper" will be published by Springer in a book under the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series. The book will be a compilation of the best papers of the AAMAS-2017 Workshops, where one paper will be selected from each AAMAS-2017 workshop.

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: February 10, 2017
  • Notification: March 5, 2017
  • Camera-ready deadline: March 17, 2017
Submission policy: Authors have to submit original papers (maximum length 16 single-columned pages) in PDF through the Easychair system:

Organising Committee

  • Amal El Fallah-Seghrouchni (LIP6 - University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris France)
  • Alessandro Ricci (DISI, University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Son Tran Cao (New Mexico State University, Department of Computer Science, USA)

Steering Committee

EMAS series is overseen by the following steering committee: Matteo Baldoni, Rafael H. Bordini, Mehdi Dastani, Jurgen Dix, Paolo Giorgini, Amal El Fallah-Seghrouchni, Jorg P. Muller, M. Birna van Riemsdijk, Son Tran Cao, Gerhard Weiss, Danny Weyns, Michael Winikoff.