[robotics-worldwide] SAC 2013 - technical track on Cooperative Multi-Agent Systems and Applications (CMASA)

Rui Paulo Rocha rprocha at isr.uc.pt
Mon Jun 11 03:34:50 PDT 2012

Dear Moderators of Robotics Worldwide Mailing List,

I would like to post the following CfP. It is interesting for the robotics
community because it addresses cooperative robotics, multi-robot systems and
mixed human-robot teams, falling in the intersection of two important
research communities: robotics and agents.
Thank you.

Best regards,
Rui P. Rocha


28th Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2013)
Technical Track on
Cooperative Multi-Agent Systems and Applications (CMASA)
Coimbra, Portugal, March 18-22, 2013


The Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) has been an important venue for
the past twenty-seven years. For the first time, the SAC 2013 will
have a track focusing on *cooperative robotics, multi-robot systems*,
multi-agent systems and their applications.
Cooperative multi-agent systems are groups of intelligent agents that can
perceive and act in a given environment to achieve their individual and
collective goals. Often, multi-agent systems (MAS) are used to solve
problems that are beyond the individual capacities and knowledge of single
agents. Recently, due to the applicability of MAS to a wide spectrum of
application domains, *multi-robot systems and mixed human-robot teams*
have emerged as relevant instantiations of MAS, increasing their potential
and solving challenging problems in the physical world.
The purpose of this technical track is to address methods for representing,
specifying, designing, programming, deploying, and reasoning about
multi-robot systems and cooperative MAS applied to real world problems,
either in realistic simulations or field experiments. The agents in such
systems may include virtual agents, mobile robots and/or humans. This
technical track is a forum for researchers and practitioners to meet and
share experiences, theoretical knowledge and discuss application domains
of MAS comprising either software agents or physically embodied agents.

== Topics ==

- Multi-robot systems
- Mixed human-robotic teams
- Coordination and cooperation
- Distributed and decentralized control
- Multi-agent systems (MAS)
- Real world applications of MAS
- Simulation techniques, tools and environments
- Distributed constraint satisfaction
- MAS in mobile ad-hoc networks and sensor networks
- Emergent behaviors, self-organization and learning
- Scalability
- Robustness and fault-tolerance

== Important Dates ==

 Paper submission:             Sep. 21, 2012
 Acceptance notification:      Nov. 10, 2012
 Final paper submission:       Nov. 30, 2012
 Conference dates:             Mar. 18-22, 2013

== Submission Procedure ==

Original papers addressing the listed topics of interest will be
considered. Each submitted paper will be fully refereed and undergo a
blind review process by at least three referees. Paper size is limited to
6 pages. The reviews will be blind: authors' names and affiliations must
not appear in the paper and self-citations should be in the third person.
Accepted papers will be published in SAC 2013 proceedings.

Paper submission link:

== Track Chairs ==

 Rui P. Rocha,  University of Coimbra, Portugal
 Matthew E. Taylor, Lafayette College, USA

For further information on SAC 2013 CMASA track, please contact:
 rprocha at isr.uc.pt or taylorm at lafayette.edu

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