HICSS-32 Mini-Track on Software Agents
HICSS-32 Mini-Track on Software Agents
Part of the Software Track of HICSS-32.
32nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Maui, Hawaii - January 5-8, 1999
EXTENDED DEADLINE: Submitted full papers due June 15, 1998, with
no exceptions. See submission instructions.
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 969
Livermore, CA 94551-0969
Phone: (617) 630-0316
Fax: (510) 294-3538
3500 West Balcones Center Drive
Austin, TX 78759-5398
Phone: (512) 338 3354
Fax: (512) 338 3890
Call For Papers
The phenomenal growth in recent years of distributed, networked, and
dynamic information sources and services has led to an increased need
for adaptive and intelligent software components -- software
components that act autonomously on behalf of users; access and
analyze information and services; react to changes in the environment;
and cooperate and coordinate their activities in order to accomplish a
goal. Software agents are such components, and agent-based,
distributed systems can provide an emergent functionality that allows
a robust, flexible, and scalable approach to solving problems and
Agent research, as an emerging area of information technology, has
incorporated and drawn from a number of different research areas. These
include Internet technologies; distributed computing; AI; robust
programming languages; distributed databases and heterogeneous data
integration; knowledge sharing and reuse; information retrieval;
object-oriented analysis and design; and distributed workflows.
The growing maturity of these technologies, in conjunction with the
phenomenal growth of distributed and internetworked information
services, has led to a rapid expansion of agent research in recent
years. However, many of the issues in supporting communities of
agents remain open. Work in designing static or mobile agents has
primarily been carried out disjointly. Different application domains
typically employ wide ranges of agent functionalities and modes of
interaction. Few, if any, separately developed agents or agent systems can
interact with each other. Agent systems in which there are a large
number of agents, or the system and its environment are highly
dynamic, or where agents are highly heterogeneous all provide special
challenges in agent communication, coordination, and control.
For the promise of agent systems to be realized, there has been a
growing acknowledgment of the need for interoperability standards so
that heterogeneous agents can communicate and relocate appropriately. In
addition, principled approaches to characterizing, controlling, and
structuring different types of agent interactions are necessary, so
that emergent global system behavior is coherent and useful. These
needs are especially evident in large, dynamic, and heterogeneous
systems. Large numbers of agents may not be as easily controlled, and
the useful patterns of agent interaction, as well as existing agents'
capabilities, cannot always be predicted in advance.
The objectives of this minitrack include the exploration of both
theoretical and practical approaches to building agents and
infrastructures towards the support of agent communities, as well as
characterization of the system and domain conditions under which an
approach is most effective. Agents and agent-based systems are being
developed for a wide range of application domains, including desktop
tools, information discovery and integration, collaborative
technologies, concurrent engineering, manufacturing, electronic
commerce, and business systems; case-studies of successful
applications are invited as well.
Suggested topics for this mini-track include the following issues
in software agent development:
- Multi-agent communication (brokering, mediation, filtering, routing, resource
- Communication and conversation languages, protocols, and policies
- Representation and use of information to support agent coordination
(service and capability ontologies, process/task ontologies)
- Collaboration, coordination, and planning strategies, including
market-based and negotiation strategies
- Agent architectural frameworks, including support for
interoperability, scalability, and mobility
- Agent learning and adaptivity
- Software engineering techniques and tools for developing agents
- Practical applications of agent-based systems
- Using agents to integrate large information systems
- Using Java to develop software agents
- Agent standardization
- A 300-word abstract by April 1, 1998
- Feedback to author on abstract by April 15, 1998
- Eight copies of the manuscript by June 15, 1998
- Notification of accepted papers by August 31, 1998
- Camera-ready copies of accepted manuscripts are due by October 1,
Instructions for Authors
Submit eight (8) copies of the full manuscript to one of the coordinators
by June 15, 1998.
Alternatively electronic submissions will be accepted provided that they
meet the following guidelines:
- Email your document to only one of the coordinators.
- Only documents in postscript or PDF will be accepted.
- Do not encode any electronic document.
- All documents must be US letter format.
- Send a single file for each document -- multiple files will not be accepted.
- We discourage the use of strange or uncommon fonts.
- Allow adequate time in case a re-submission is required in the event that
the document is unreadable.
For all submissions:
Manuscripts should have an abstract and be 22-25 typewritten,
double-spaced pages in length. Papers must not have been previously presented or
published, nor currently submitted for journal publication. Each manuscript will
be subjected to a rigorous refereeing process involving at least five
Individuals interested in refereeing papers should
contact the minitrack coordinators directly.