[robotics-worldwide] AAMAS-09 Call for Workshop Proposals

Miles, Simon simon.miles at kcl.ac.uk
Fri Sep 19 04:58:19 PDT 2008

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                AAMAS 2009 Workshops
                Call for Proposals

The AAMAS-2009 Organizing Committee invites proposals for the Workshop
Program to be held immediately prior to the main technical program of
the AAMAS conference. The main goal of the AAMAS-2009 workshops is to
stimulate and facilitate active exchange, interaction, and comparison
of approaches, methods, and ideas related to specific topics, both
theoretical and applied, in the general area of Autonomous Agents and
Multi-Agent Systems. The workshops will provide an informal setting
where participants will have the opportunity to discuss specific
technical topics in an atmosphere that fosters the active exchange of

Members from all areas of the AAMAS community are invited to submit
workshop proposals for review. Workshops on new and emerging topics,
or on applications, are particularly encouraged. Workshops can vary in
length from half-day to two full days, but most will be one full day
in duration.

Important Dates for Workshop Proposals
  November 1,  2008          Proposal Submission Deadline
  December 1,  2008          Acceptance Notification
  December 15, 2008          Deadline for posting Workshops Call for Papers
  December 15, 2008          AAMAS-08 Workshops Program Announced

  May 11-12,   2009          AAMAS-2009 WORKSHOPS

AAMAS-09 Workshops Requirements for Submission
Proposals for workshops should contain the following information:

  o A technical description of the workshop, specifying the workshop
    goals, the technical issues that it will address, and the
    relevance of the workshop to the main conference. This description
    should include a discussion of why and to whom the workshop is of

  o A list of related workshops (or previous incarnations of the
    proposed workshop) held within the last three years, if any, and
    their relation to the proposed workshop. If known, organizers'
    names and affiliations, number of submissions, acceptances and
    registered attendees, and follow-up publications should be noted.

  o A preliminary workshop agenda, planned duration, and a proposed
    schedule for organizing the workshop. This should include a brief
    description of how the organizers intend to encourage an
    atmosphere appropriate for a workshop, description of paper review
    process, and publicity plans (distribution lists, web sites,
    journals, etc.).

  o If available, a list of tentatively confirmed attendees.

  o The names, affiliations, and contact details postal addresses,
    phone numbers, and email addresses of the proposed workshop
    organizing and/or program committees, and the chair(s). The
    committee should consist of at least three or four people, from
    different institutions, knowledgeable about the technical issues
    to be addressed.

  o A description of the qualifications of the chair(s) (and
    organizing committee, if available) with respect to organizing an
    AAMAS workshop, including a list of workshops previously arranged
    by any members of the proposed organizing committee, if any.

Proposers are encouraged to send their draft proposal to potential
participants for comments before submission. All proposals should be
submitted by the deadline (November 1, 2008), via electronic mail, to
the AAMAS-09 Workshop Chair:

                Gal A. Kaminka (galk at cs.biu.ac.il)

Plain ASCII is **strongly** preferred.

Prospective organizers will be notified of the committee's decision no
later than: December 1, 2008.

The selection of the workshops to be included in the final AAMAS
program will be based upon multiple factors, including: the
scientific/technical interest of the topics, the quality of the
proposal, balance and distinctness of workshop topics, and the
capacity of the conference workshop program.

Note that authors of proposals addressing similar and/or overlapping
content areas and/or audiences may be requested to merge their
proposals as a condition for acceptance.

Responsibilities of AAMAS and workshop organizers
For all accepted proposals, AAMAS will be responsible for:
o Providing publicity for the workshop series as a whole.
o Providing logistic support and a meeting place for the workshop.
o Together with the organizers, determining the workshop date and time.
o Duplicating working notes and distributing them to the participants.
o A total of one (1) free workshop registration (up to organizers to
   decide who gets it).

Workshop organizers will be responsible for the following:
o Setting up a web site for the workshop.
o Advertising the workshop and issuing a call for papers (by December
  15, 2008) and later, a call for participation.
o Collecting and evaluating submissions, notifying authors of
  acceptance or rejection on a timely basis, and ensuring a
  transparent and fair selection process.
o Making the PDF of the whole workshop notes available to the workshop
  chair by the printing deadline (expected MARCH 15, 2009), as well as
  a list of audio-visual requirements and any special room
o Ensuring that the workshop organizers and the participants register
  for the workshop and are invited to register to the main conference
  (at least one author must register for the workshop in order for a
  paper to appear in the workshop proceedings).

AAMAS reserves the right to cancel any workshop if the above
responsibilities are not fulfilled, or if too few attendees register
for the workshop to support its running costs. To cover costs, it will
be necessary to charge workshop participants a workshop fee.

Please send proposals and inquiries to:

Gal A. Kaminka  (galk at cs.biu.ac.il)
Computer Science Department
Bar Ilan University, Israel

Dr Simon Miles
Agents and Intelligent Systems Group
Department of Computer Science
Kings College London, UK

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