We are aiming at an especially interactive meeting for this edition of COIN, in place of the "presentation followed by questions" model of conventional workshops.
We therefore invite in addition to the standard paper submissions the submission of descriptions of on-going research projects and reports on work in progress that relate to COIN topics, where the inclusion of open problems is especially welcome as material to stimulate discussion.
We would like to receive two page summaries, submitted via the submission link given below, formatted in IEEE style (as for standard submissions, see below). The deadline for submission is July 20th (reviews by 27th, camera ready by 31st). All the submissions will be reviewed, primarily for the purpose of identifying issues that could contribute to the discussion at the meeting, and feeding this information back to authors. The summaries will be included in the preliminary proceedings distributed at the meeting.
Extended versions (full papers) may be submitted for full review for consideration for the 2009 COIN volume that will be published in the Springer LNCS series. Details will be provided in due course.
The COIN workshop series brings together the topics of coordination, organization, institutions and norms in the context of multi-agent systems.
These topics have become an established area of agent research and a significant number of influential papers on these topics have been appearing in AAMAS and other agent conferences and workshops in recent years. The series of COIN workshops are thus aimed at consolidating and expanding the subject by providing focused events in which researchers from different communities participate.
For this edition of COIN, the focus is on how COIN topics influence and are realized in on-line communities, where it is necessary to take into account social, legal, economic and technological dimensions of agent-agent, agent-human, human-human interactions in order to ensure social order within these environments. Furthermore, the dynamic nature of such communities, combined with their potential dissimilarity to conventional human social structures - which means that simply transporting existing conventions does not necessarily work - and the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats posed by alternative interaction modalities deriving from the different physics of virtual environments, leads to the exploration and establishment of new normative frameworks that do not necessarily have parallels in the physical world but are well reflected in "made natures" such as the Web. Such frameworks are not only interesting for the agent community but also have attracted interest of the Semantic Web Community in events such as the recent W3C Workshop on the Future of Social Networking (http://www.w3.org/2008/09/msnws/)).
We seek contributions that address, model, analyse and/or enable (but not-exclusively!) such issues and look forward to a highly interactive, convivial meeting.
Consequently, relevant topics - tuned to the workshop theme - include:
We particularly encourage authors to submit innovative and original papers that report on:
Papers describing ongoing work and position papers are also welcome.
The workshop will be part of this year’s Multi-Agent Logics, Languages, and Organisations federated Workshops, MALLOW 2009 and will take place at Educatorio della Provvidenza. Full details are available at http://www.di.unito.it/~baroglio/MALLOW_EASSS09/MALLOW.html. The MALLOW 2009 format will allow us to host a two-day meeting with longer presentations, round tables and discussions that were a feature of the previous MALLOW edition of COIN, in contrast to the compressed schedule when associated with large international conferences..
Although the post-proceedings will be published in Springer LNCS, the preliminary proceedings will follow a different format, namely IEEE Transactions. For preparation of papers to be submitted please use the styles for LaTeX and BibTex and the documentation at the following address: http://www.michaelshell.org/tex/ieeetran/.
The length of each paper including figures and references may not exceed 6 pages. All papers must be written in English and submitted in PDF format. Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will attend the conference to present the work.To submit a paper, please use the following link: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=coinatmallow2009
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Guido Boella (University of Torino, Italy)
Olivier Boissier (ENS Mines Saint-Etienne, France)
Nicoletta Fornara (University of Lugano, Italy)
Christian Lemaître (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico)
Eric Matson (Purdue University, USA)
Pablo Noriega (IIIA-CSIC, Spain)
Sascha Ossowski (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
Julian Padget (University of Bath, UK)
Jeremy Pitt (Imperial College London, UK)
Jaime Sichman (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Wamberto Vasconcelos (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Javier Vazquez Salceda (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain)
George Vouros (University of the Aegean, Greece)