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The MALLOW Workshop on Coordination, Organisations, Institutions and Norms in agent systems
Durham, UK, 03/09/2007–04/05/2007

In recent years, social and organizational aspects of agency have become a major issue in MAS research. Recent applications of MAS in Web Services, Grid Computing and Ubiquitous Computing make clear the need to take into account social, legal, economic and technological dimensions of agent interactions in order to ensure social order within these environments. The MAS research community has addressed that need from different perspectives that have gradually become more cohesive around the four notions that give title to the workshop: coordination, organization, institutions and norms. COIN@MALLOW07 provides a space for presentation and debate for researchers active in these areas.

topics of interest

•  Modeling multi-agent organizations  •  Models and architectures for social agents  •  Social science background for regulated MAS: Roles, authority, motivation, social power and other social relationships and attitudes  •  Coordination and interaction conventions, technologies and artifacts  •  Electronic institutions and virtual organizations  •  Coordination in emergent agent organizations  •  Organization design, monitoring and adaptation  •  Engineering organizations (validation, implementation and tools for agent organizations  •  Scaling and control issues in agent organizations  •  Norms, institutions and organizations: authority, power, dependence, penalty and sanctions, contracts, trust, reputation as regulating tools for autonomous agents within organizations  •  Application of organizational theory to MAS  •  Simulation, analysis and verification of dynamics of multi-agent organizations  •  Dynamic, adaptive and emergent organizational structures  •  Practical application examples for (aspect of) agent organization systems: applications of agent organizations to knowledge management, CSCW, workflow, etc.  •  Human-Computer interaction in agent organizations, specifically balancing authority between agents and users  •  Additional topics related to the organization of agent systems