Second International Workshop on
25th or 26th July 2005, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Last updated 1st-June-2005
Argumentation can be abstractly defined as the interaction of different arguments for and against some conclusion. Over the last few years, argumentation has been gaining increasing importance in multi-agent systems, mainly as a vehicle for facilitating "rational interaction" (i.e., interaction which involves the giving and receiving of reasons). This is because argumentation provides tools for designing, implementing and analysing sophisticated forms of interaction among rational agents. Argumentation has made solid contributions to the practice of multi-agent dialogues. Application domains include: legal disputes, business negotiation, labor disputes, team formation, scientific inquiry, deliberative democracy, ontology reconciliation, risk analysis, scheduling, and logistics. A single agent may also use argumentation techniques to perform its individual reasoning because it needs to make decisions under complex preferences policies, in a highly dynamic environment.
This workshop, which builds on the successful workshop held in 2004, will be concerned with the use of the concepts, theories, methodologies, and computational models of argumentation in building autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. The workshop will solicit papers looking at both theory and practice. In particular, the workshop aims at bridging the gap between the vast amount of work on argumentation theory and the practical needs of multi-agent systems research.
The workshop will be co-located with the fourth international conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems AAMAS 2005.
We solicit papers dealing with, but not limited to, the following areas:
Note that the dates are fixed by the AAMAS conference:
The proceedings of ArgMAS will be printed and distributed at the workshop.
As we did for ArgMAS 2004, is planned to publish revised versions of the accepted full papers in an edited book as part of the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. This publication would have an ISBN number, and would be available both in printed form, as well as electronically on the SpringerLink online library.
Contributors may submit either full papers (no longer than 5000 words, not including figures) or a two page position statement that outlines their interests, background, and discussion of an aspect of the workshop theme.
Authors are encouraged to submit their papers in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) style, since this will be the format required for the planned post-proceedings book. Formatting instructions, as well as the style and sample files, can be found here: http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html
All submissions should be sent either in PostScript format or in PDF format by email to Simon Parsons on firstname.lastname@example.org
At least one author of each accepted papers must register for the workshop.
ArgMAS Steering Committee