Tenth International Workshop CIA 2006 on

Cooperative Information Agents

September 11 - 13, 2006

                                 University of Edinburgh, UK


In cooperation with ACM SIGART, ACM SIGWeb,  ACM SIGKDD, Global Grid Forum

The program brochure (pdf, 738KB) is available here.

Preliminary Program

September 11, 2006, Monday

8:45 - 9:00 Welcome
Matthias Klusch, Michael Rovatsos, Terry Payne

9:00 - 9:45 Invited Talk I

Semantic Web Research Anno 2006: Main Streams, Popular Fallacies, Current Status,  and Future Challenges.
Frank van Harmelen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Session I: Agent Based Information Provision

9:45 - 10:15
  Agents for Information-Rich Environments
  John Debenham and Simeon Simoff

10:15 - 10:45
  Information Agents for Optimal Repurposing and Personalization
  of Web Contents in Semantics-Aware Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing Environments
  Fernando Alonso, Sonia Frutos, Miguel Jim¥nez, and Javier Soriano

10:45 - 11:10
  Turn Taking for Artificial Conversational Agents
  Fredrik Kronlid
  Inducing perspective sharing between a user and an embodied agent by
  a thought balloon as an input form.
  Satoshi V. Suzuki and Hideaki Takeda

11:10 - 11:30
Coffee Break

Session II: Applications

11:30 - 12:00
  Agent-Based Analysis and Support for Incident Management
  Mark Hoogendoorn, Catholijn M. Jonker, Jan Treur, and Marian Verhaegh

12:00 - 12:30
  A Distributed Agent Implementation of Multiple Species Flocking Model
  for Document Partitioning Clustering
  Xiaohui Cui and Thomas E. Potok

12:30 - 13:00
  Coverage Density as a Dominant Property of Large-Scale Sensor Networks
  Osher Yadgar and Sarit Kraus

13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 14:45 Invited Talk II

A Research Agenda for Agent Based Service Oriented Architectures.
Michael Huhns (University of South Carolina, USA)

Session III: Agents and Services

14:45 - 16:15
  Selecting Web Services Statistically
  David Lambert and David Robertson

15:15 - 15:45
  Conversation-based specification and composition of agent services
  Quoc Bao Vo and Lin Padgham

15:45 - 16:15
  Evaluating Dynamic Services in Bioinformatics
  Maira R. Rodrigues and Michael Luck

16:15 - 16:30
Coffee Break

Session IV: Learning

16:30 - 17:00
  A Classification Framework of Adaptation in Multi-Agent Systems
  Cesar A. Marin and Nikolay Mehandjiev

17:00 - 17:30
  Market-Inspired Approach to Collaborative Learning
  Jan Tozicka, Michal Pechoucek and Michal Jakob

17:30 - 18:00
  Improving Example Selection for Agents Teaching Ontology Concepts
  Mohsen Afsharchi and Behrouz H. Far

19:00  >>> Welcome Reception <<<

September 12, 2006, Tuesday

9:00 - 9:45 Invited Talk III

  The Helpful Environment: Distributed Agents and Services Which Cooperate.
  Austin Tate (AIAI, University of Edinburgh, UK)

Session V: Resource and Task Allocation

9:45 - 10:15
  Egalitarian Allocations of Resources: From Theory to Practice
  P-A. Matt and F. Toni

10:15 - 10:45
  Iterative Query-Based Approach to Efficient Task Decomposition
  and Resource Allocation
  Michal Pechoucek, Ondrej Lerch, and Jiri Biba

10:45 - 11:00 
  Multilevel Approach to Agent-Based Task Allocation in Transportation
  Martin Rehak, Premysl Volf and Michal Pechoucek

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

Session VI: Rational Cooperation (1)

11:30 - 12:00
  Learning to Negotiate Optimally in Non-Stationary Environments.
  Vidya Narayanan and Nicholas R. Jennings

12:00 - 12:30
  Eliminating Interdependencies between Issues for Multi-issue Negotiation.
  Koen Hindriks, Catholijn M. Jonker, Dmytro Tykhonov

12:30 - 13:00
  The Distortion of Cardinal Preferences in Voting.
  Ariel D. Procaccia and Jeffrey S. Rosenschein

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 23:00  >>> Social Programme <<<

  Glenkinchie Distillery

  Rosslyn Chapel

  Dinner at Borthwick Castle

  CIA 2006 Best Paper Award Giving

September 13, 2006, Wednesday

9:30 - 10:15 Invited Talk IV

  Voting in Cooperative Information Agent Scenarios: Use and Abuse.
  Jeffrey S. Rosenschein (Hebrew University, Israel)

Session VII: Rational Cooperation (2)

10:15 - 10:45
  Risk Bounded Formation of Fuzzy Coalitions among Service Agents.
  Bastian Blankenburg, Minghua He, Matthias Klusch, and Nicholas R. Jennings

10:45 - 11:15
  A Simple Argumentation Based Contract Enforcement Mechanism.
  Nir Oren, Alun Preece, and Timothy J. Norman

11:15 - 11:45
  A Fuzzy Approach to Reasoning with Trust, Distrust and Insufficient Trust.
  Nathan Griffiths

11:45 - 12:10 Coffee break

Session VIII: CIA 2006 System Demonstrations (System Award Nominees)

  • Information Agents for Optimal Repurposing and Personalization of Web Contents in Semantics-Aware Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing Environments. Developed by Fernando Alonso, Sonia Frutos, Miguel Jiminez, and Javier Soriano (UPM, Spain)
  • Market-Inspired Approach to Collaborative Learning. Developed byJan Tozicka, Michal Pechoucek and Michal Jakob (TU Prague, Czech Republic)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Session IX: Communication and Cooperation

14:00 - 14:30
  Performative Patterns for Designing Verifiable ACLs.
  Nicola Dragoni and Mauro Gaspari

14:30 - 14:40 
  Enabling Mobile Agents Interoperability through FIPA Standards.
  Joan Ametller-Esquerra, Jordi Cucurull-Juan, Ramon MartÌ,
  Guillermo Navarro, Sergi Robles

14:40 - 15:10
  Characterising Agents' Behaviours: Selecting Goal Strategies
  Based on Attributes Ontology Mapping in Agent-Based Virtual Enterprises.
  Jose Cascalho, Luis Antunes, Milton Correa and Helder Coelho

15:10 - 15:20
  A Framework of Cooperative Agents with Implicit Support for Ontologies.
  Riza Cenk Erdur and Inanc Seylan

15:20 - 15:30
  Specifying Protocols For Knowledge Transfer and Action Restriction
  in Multiagent Systems.
  Maria Adela Grando and Christopher D. Walton

15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break

Session X: Agent Based Grid Computing

16:00 - 16:30
  Flexible Service Composition.
  Adam Barker and Bob Mann

16:30 - 17:00
  Using Electronic Institutions to secure Grid environments.
  Ronald Ashri, Terry Payne, Michael Luck, Mike Surridge,
  Carles Sierra Juan Antonio Rodriguez Aguilar, and Pablo Noriega

17:00 - 17:45 Panel on Agent-Based Semantic Grid Computing

17:45 - 18:00 Closing

                   CIA 2006 System Innovation Award Giving


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