[robotics-worldwide] ACM SAC 2013: Technical Track on Cooperative Multi-Agent Systems and Applications (CMASA)

Rachid Alami rachid.alami at laas.fr
Sat Jun 16 10:01:51 PDT 2012


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

http://mrl.isr.uc.pt/sac2013/

The ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC) has been an important venue for
the past twenty-seven years, attracting applied computer scientists,
computer engineers, software engineers, and application developers from
around the world. SAC 2013 (http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2013/) is
sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Applied Computing (SIGAPP),
and will be held at Coimbra, Portugal. For the first time, the ACM SAC will
have a track focusing on cooperative 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. Such systems provide solutions in situations where expertise is
spatially and temporally distributed, but typically do not suffer from
resource limitations, performance bottlenecks or the critical failures
associated with centralized problem solvers. 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
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 ==

- Coordination and cooperation
- Distributed and decentralized control
- Multi-agent systems (MAS)
- Multi-robot systems
- Mixed human-robotic teams
- 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. A
maximum of 2 additional pages may be included for an additional fee. 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 the ACM SAC 2013 proceedings.
Graduate students are invited to submit research abstracts (minimum of
2-page and maximum of 4-page) to the Student Research Competition (SRC),
following the instructions published at SAC 2013 website.


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