Agent Communication Languages
1 August 1999, Stockholm
Introduction | Topics | Preliminary program | Program Committee | Submissions | Registration | Proceedings | Important Dates | Organizing Committee
In recent years the interest in multi-agent systems (MAS) has grown
tremendously. The applications of MAS ranges from digital libraries through
cooperative engineering to electronic commerce. All these applications have one
thing in common. The agents operating within these systems have to
communicate. A first attempt to come to a standardised agent communication
language (ACL) came forth from the DARPA knowledge sharing project and produced
KQML. Up till now KQML is the only ACL that is implemented and (widely) used
(at least in the academic world). More recently another effort to come to a
standard ACL has started through the FIPA initiative.
Although both initiatives base their messages on the theory of speech acts the outcome is quite different. The main reason for this difference is the lack of consensus on the semantics of the communication between agents. Although some work has been done on the semantics of individual speech acts, little is known about the semantics of conversations and the relations between speech acts and the conversations of which they form a part.
Another point that deserves attention are the social aspects in multi-agent systems and their relation to communications between agents.
Also there is relatively little experience with all types of practical considerations in the use of ACL's. E.g. How do agents "understand" messages from agents that use a different ontology? Or how do agents know which communication protocol to use?
Authors of accepted papers should submit a full paper electronically either in LaTeX or Word format. (It should be possible to add page numbers to the file later on!!).
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The first page of revised papers should include: title, author names, affiliations, postal addresses, electronic mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers for all authors. (This does not have to be a separate page!) Submissions should not exceed 15 pages (if the paper exceeds this number of pages please contact firstname.lastname@example.org) and should print on 8.5" x 11" or A4 paper with at least 1 inch margins on all sides. Although we do not have any firm constraints on letter types we prefer articles to be written in Times (Roman) in 10 or 11pt.
Registration for the workshop is possible for all participants of the IJCAI-99
conference. However, the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 40 persons.
Authors of (accepted) papers are given priority.
A publication of a book on agent communication is planned based on selected articles from the
workshop. The book will be combining articles from our workshop and from the
workshop on agent conversation policies.
Submission deadline: 15 March 1999 Notification of
acceptance: 30 April 1999 Camera ready copy 24 May 1999 author registration due: 31 May 1999 Workshop: 1 August 1999
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