ESAW 2003

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4th International Workshop “Engineering Societies in the Agents’ World”
London, UK, 29/10/2003–31/10/2003

Software systems are undergoing dramatic changes in scale and complexity as we approach rapidly the age of micro-cosmic computing, from nanotech scale where single locations are wired with millions of sensors to planetary scale where single applications access global computing power and data resources. At both ends of the scale devices interact to provide increasingly complex, context-aware, and content-adaptive services and functionalities. There follows a strong qualitative impact on the nature, substance, and style of interactions. Patterns and mechanisms will hardly be grasped with classical models of interaction and service- oriented coordination. To a degree, future software systems will more resemble natural systems and societies than past mechanical systems and current software architectures.
This situation challenges to computer scientists and software engineers. Software agents and multi-agent systems (MAS) are already recognised as useful abstractions and effective technologies for the modelling and building of complex distributed applications. Still, little is yet done about effective and methodical development of complex systems in terms of multi-agent societies. An urgent need exists for novel approaches to software modelling and engineering to support the deployment of software systems of massive numbers of autonomous components. Designers must be able to control and predict the behaviour of their systems; but emergent global system properties and runtime discovery of functionalities should also be supported. Such innovations will very likely exploit lessons from many different disciplines, such as organisation science, sociology, economics, modern thermodynamics, and biology. As these systems will be ubiquitous, persistent, and pervasive, we also need frameworks of law to aid their regulation.
The sequel to successful yearly editions since 2000, ESAW'03 shall provide again a platform for animated and highly inter-disciplinary constructive discussions about tools, technologies, and methodologies for engineering of complex distributed applications. The workshop focuses on practical engineering issues, but also welcomes other contributions, provided their relevance for core applied issues is made clear.

topics of interest

analysis, design, development & verification of agent societies  •  very large-scale multi-agent systems  •  models of complex distributed systems with agents & societies  •  agent societies as norm-governed computational systems  •  coordination technologies for the engineering of agent societies  •  interaction-coordination patterns in agent societies  •  inter-disciplinary approaches to engineering of agent societies  •  engineering of social intelligence in multi-agent systems  •  indirect programming of multi-agent systems  •  centralised vs. decentralised social control  •  self-organisation and self-regulation in agent societies  •  security, trust, and conflict resolution in agent societies  •  middleware infrastructures for agent societies  •  applications of entangled behaviour & bizarre systems analysis  •  experiences in building and maintaining large agent societies  •  evolution of institutions in multi-agent societies  •  socio-cognitive and cultural factors in multi-agent societies

works as
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page_white_acrobatPreface (editorial/introduction/preface, 2004) — Andrea Omicini, Paolo Petta, Jeremy Pitt
page_white_acrobatEngineering Societies in the Agents World IV (edited volume, 2004) — Andrea Omicini, Paolo Petta, Jeremy Pitt
page_white_acrobatUsing Swarm Intelligence in Linda Systems (paper in proceedings, 2004) — Robert Tolksdorf, Ronaldo Menezes
page_white_acrobatMAS Organization within a Coordination Infrastructure: Experiments in TuCSoN (paper in proceedings, 2004) — Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci
page_white_acrobatIntegrating and Orchestrating Services upon an Agent Coordination Infrastructure (paper in proceedings, 2004) — Enrico Denti, Alessandro Ricci, Rossella Rubino
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