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HIMAS 2020 - International Workshop on Healthcare Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems

The International Workshop on Healthcare Intelligent Multi-Agent Systems (HIMAS) 2020. Auckland, New Zealand. 9-13th May 2020.

Aims and scope of HIMAS

This HIMAS workshop will run as part of the [Nineteenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems] (AAMAS2020), as shown on list of accepted workshops.

Submissions should concern the use of software agents (either bound to physical devices or not) in the healthcare context, e.g.: equipment and drug inventory management, patients clinical record and follow-up management, patient monitoring in hospital or at home, planning patient transportation and interventions, etc.

In Greek Mythology, Himas is the father of Plouto and grandfather of Tantalus.

Topics of interest

  • Agent-based methods for medical image segmentation or classification
  • Agent-based decision support systems for disease diagnosis
  • Agent-based medical data processing, such as EMR management and exchange, healthcare data streams from Internet of Things, HIS interoperability and integration
  • Mobile agents in hospital environments
  • Patient empowerment and chronic disease self-management through personalized agent-based systems and models
  • Intelligent agents that provide autonomous and remote care delivery
  • Clinical agent-based decision support systems, including recommender systems
  • Conversational agents and personal digital assistants for patient empowerment
  • Intelligent agents delivering information about discovery, lookup, fruition of medical services
  • Intelligent agents for patient monitoring and assisting diagnosis
  • Agent-based information retrieval for gathering, aggregating, processing, and organizing various medical data available on Internet
  • Legal and ethical issues related to the use of software agents in health care
  • Surveys providing an up to date view of the state of the art in the area of agents in health care
  • Agent technology for preference learning as in the case of personal activity trainers
  • Agent technology for resource planning and task allocation in hospital environment

Journal Publication - Submission instructions

All papers accepted and presented at HIMAS2020 will be published in the prestigious: Journal of Medical Systems (JMS), Springer, Impact 2.4, H-index 63, Quartile 2, Established 1977. The HIMAS2020 papers will form a dedicated topical collection, to appear rapidly as continual publishing through 2020. Springer Journal of Medical Systems Website: https://link.springer.com/journal/10916

Manuscripts can be prepared according to the Springer JMS Journal format guidelines: Use MS-Word or LaTeX, 10-point Times Roman, Single column.

  • Original Research Articles – limited to 3,000 words
  • Review Articles – limited to 4,500 words.
  • Brief Technical Report – limited to 1,500 words, with 2 figures or tables, around 15 references.
Initial manuscripts should be submitted on EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=himas2020. After acceptance, manuscripts can be submitted through the Springer JMS Journal by selecting HIMAS2020 as the category: https://www.editorialmanager.com/joms/. No second round of reviews will be required, so the accepted papers can be the published Journal papers.

Papers submitted to HIMAS 2020 must describe original research results and must not have been published or simultaneously submitted anywhere else. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews by members of the program committee. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, technical clarity, and quality of presentation. One paper will be selected by the organisers as the HIMAS2020 Best Paper Award, with certificate from HIMAS2020 organisers.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the HIMAS 2020 and present the paper in Auckland, NZ.

Important dates

  • Paper Submission: 7th Feb 2020. Extended to 21st Feb 2020 (This is final extension).
  • Notification: 10th March 2020.
  • Early registration: 15th March.
  • Camera Ready: 1st April. Extended to 14th April 2020 (This is final extension)
  • Conference: 9-13th May 2020. VIRTUAL MODE

Organization Chairs

  • Dr Stefano Mariani,University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, s.mariani@unimore.it, website
  • Dr Sara Montagna, University of Bologna, Italy, sara.montagna@unibo.it;, website
  • Prof. Michael I. Schumacher, University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, michael.schumacher@hevs.ch, website
  • Dr Neil Vaughan, University of Chester, UK, Neil.vaughan@rocketmail.com, website
  • Dr Eloisa Vargiu, Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya, Spain, eloisa.vargiu@eurecat.org, website


HIMAS 2020 will be co-located with the International AAMAS conference: https://aamas2020.conference.auckland.ac.nz/

Participants may reserve rooms in several of the nearby Hotels. As the symposium will be held alongside AAMAS, the organizers recommend a timely reservation of rooms as participants may also plan to attend other sessions as part of AAMAS. VIRTUAL MODE


Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, the workshop is asynchronous, which means that each person interprets the schedule in their own time zone. The aim of the schedule is:
  • to get a commitment to spend time watching talks and engaging with comments
  • to create synchronisation within each timezone, allowing for some discussion and social interaction Authors are expected to regularly monitor and respond to questions and comments on their presented paper.

As such, there is no static program of the workshop according to whatever time zone, as we are too dispersed to guarantee a nice experience to every attendee. Nevertheless:
  • ALL AUTHORS MUST upload a recording of their talk (slides + camera), 20 minutes long at most, on the platform specified by the AAMAS workshop chairs ([https://underline.io]), within April, 24th
  • All the interested people, authors of the workshop or not, may exploit the platform functionalities to query presenters about their talk, hence presenters (and other co-authors in general) MUST COMMIT to regularly monitor the platform and reply to comments as appropriate, as a form of social engagement
  • All the interested people may ask to organisers to arrange live Q&A sessions with the authors of the workshop papers, that organisers will then attend as moderators. The schedule of this live Q&A sessions will be agreed upon case by case amongst the paper authors and the interested people

Hereafter the list of accepted papers, and an organisations in Sessions we defined according to paper contents
  • Session 1
    • The effect of multimodal emotional expression on responses to a digital human during a self-disclosure conversation: a computational analysis of user language. Kate Loveys, Mark Sagar and Elizabeth Broadbent.
    • Circadian Rhythm and Pain: Mathematical Model based on Multiagent Simulation. Angélica Theis Dos Santos, Catia Maria Dos Santos Machado and Diana Francisca Adamatti.
    • Agent-based modelling for Ontology-driven analysis of patient trajectories. Davide Calvaresi, Michael Schumacher and Jean-Paul Calbimonte.
    • On the Integration of Agents and Digital Twins in Healthcare. Angelo Croatti, Matteo Gabellini, Sara Montagna and Alessandro Ricci.
  • Session 2
    • Complementing agents with cognitive services: a case study in healthcare. Sara Montagna, Stefano Mariani, Emiliano Gamberini, Alessandro Ricci and Franco Zambonelli.
    • A Cooperative Approach Based on Local Similarities and Discontinuities Detection for Brain MR Images Segmentation. Mohamed Tahar Bennai, Smaine Mazouzi, Zahia Guessoum, Mohamed Mezghiche and Stéphane Cormier.
    • Agent-oriented decision support system for business processes management with genetic algorithm optimization: an application in healthcare. Emilio Sulis, Pietro Terna, Antonio Di Leva, Guido Boella and Adriana Boccuzzi