[DL] CfP 7th IEEE International Workshop on Engineering Semantic Agent Systems (ESAS) as part of COMPSAC 2012 Deadline 30.03.2012]

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Wed Mar 28 12:10:39 CEST 2012

ESAS 2012: The 7th IEEE International Workshop on Engineering Semantic
Agent Systems

Held in conjunction with the 36th COMPSAC, the IEEE Signature Conference
on Computers, Software, and Applications.
COMPSAC 2012 will be held in Izmir (Turkey) on July 16-20, 2012

Important Dates

March 30th: Paper Submission Deadline
April 20th: Notification Deadline
May 2nd: Camera ready

Goals for the Workshop

ESAS 2012 has two complementary objectives:

i. To inquire into the theory and practice of engineering semantic
multi-agent systems, especially methods, means, and best cases.
ii. To explore into unifying software engineering methodologies employed
in implementing semantic MAS applications across domains.

Workshop Theme

Applying Semantic Technologies in Research and Development of
Ontology-Enabled Multi-Agent Systems. Semantic Web technology topics are

Semantic web technologies render dynamic, heterogeneous, distributed,
shared content equally accessible to human reader and software agents.
Distributed agents functioning autonomously can utilize semantic Web
content to gather and aggregate knowledge, reason and infer new results
towards achieving their goals and generating new knowledge. Such knowledge
in turn may be disseminated and used to achieve the shared goal of the
agents system. Here the vision is to achieve a synergy with multi-agent
systems (MAS) technologies whereby both semantics and agents will be
equally in the center stage.

ESAS workshop series aims at garnering the synergy of both technologies by
taking up both the semantic web and the agent aspects of the common
research issue. Topics of interest span a wide spectrum in both theory and
practice of autonomous semantic agents, context-aware intelligent agents,
agents as semantic web services, software agents, mobile agents, agent
architectures, multi-agent systems, agent communities, cooperation and
goal seeking through sharing policy and ontology, safety & security in
systems, other QoS issues, and so on.

Mobile agent and MAS technologies are crucial in realizing multi-party
dynamic application systems. Semantic Web technologies augment MAS by
enabling agents with functioning based on the semantics of their mission
and of the world around them. Agents, implemented as Web services in
developing distributed control and processing applications, entail
interesting consequences such as situation awareness, semantic composition
of services, context sensitive long-lasting transactions, effecting
service policies and quality levels, etc. Complex applications could
become realizable with novel features such as factory floor automation for
flexible production, collaborative discovery of uncharted geography (for
example, cooperative labyrinth discovery), traffic management and info
dissemination with facilitation of emergency services, financial markets
forecasting with optimization of portfolio gain, etc.

We envisage a strong undercurrent of intelligent software agents, mobile
agents, and MAS running through this workshop; side by side with the use
of semantic technologies, there are several foci of interest:
• Software Agents, Mobile Agents, and MAS: issues relating to
architecture, implementation, coordination, service levels, security of
pervasive semantic or otherwise agents.
• Agent, MAS and Semantic Web Technologies: concomitant utilization of
specific technologies in agent, MAS, and semantic Web implementations;
semantic agent communities & applications; case studies of best-practice
MAS applications; projects in the making;
• Ontologies for Agents and MAS: agent cooperation and coordination
ontology; ontology of workflow in MAS; ontologies for distributed
applications and integration; sharing and semantic interoperability;
discovery and operations on ontologies; trust & security issues;
• Platforms for semantic agent and MAS implementation: languages,
frameworks, tools, integrated development environments and software
engineering practices supporting semantic or otherwise software agent &
MAS architectures, coordination, trust & security mechanisms, description,
discovery and composition of agent-based services.
• Other subjects of relevance in semantic technologies, semantic software
agents, mobile agents, agent-based and multi-agent systems.

In unison with the main conference, the main theme of ESAS 2012 will be
'Applying semantic Web technologies in developing software agents, mobile
agents and multi-agent systems towards achieving trustworthy software
In relation to trustworthiness, topics of interest include the following
among others:
• software development,
• software systems,
• systems and agent technology,
• systems and reasoning,
• systems and semantic technology,
• database systems,
• embedded systems,
• game and entertainment systems,
• healthcare information systems,
• Internet access and use for children,
• education,
• entertainment, and so on.

Likely Participants

Researchers and practitioners of software agents, mobile agents, MAS and
semantic web technologies are expected to propose papers and to attend the
workshop. Those with interests in any aspect of semantic agents and
agent-based systems are welcome. Researchers working on realization of
multi-agent systems through semantic web technology and ontology-based
agent applications, including distributed control, security,
interoperability, service levels, and quality issues in such systems, are
especially encouraged to propose papers. Enterprises and research centers
developing languages, integrated development environments, tools, and
middleware that can be employed in engineering the above are encouraged to
propose technical papers, demo and tutorial presentations.
Prominent researchers of the field will be called upon to deliver invited
talk and submit invited papers or position statements.

Post-Workshop Activity

The authors of selected papers may be invited to submit an extended
version of their papers for possible publication in a special issue of a
relevant journal and/or an edited book. Details will be revealed pending
conclusion of negotiations.

A special issue of the best papers of ESAS 2006 has been published with
Multiagent and Grid Systems - An International Journal, IOS Press, ISSN
1574-1702; Volume 4, Number 3, 2008, pp: 293-346.

The authors of the papers accepted at ESAS 2007 and 2008 were invited to
submit extended versions of their papers for publication in the Special
Issue on Engineering Semantic Agent Systems of Expert Systems: The Journal
of Knowledge Engineering by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This special issue
has now appeared in Vol 28, Issue 5, 410-487.
The authors of ESAS 2009/10 were invited to submit an extended and revised
version of their papers for publication in an edited volume titled
Semantic Agent Systems: Foundations and Applications by Springer-Verlag;
the book has been published

Expected Achievements

We expect to create a lively discussion and exchange medium for experts
from the two fronts: agent-based systems and ontology-based systems. Equal
representation of both by papers is being aimed at.


Semantic web technologies render dynamic, heterogeneous, distributed,
shared content equally accessible to human reader and software agents.
Here the vision is to achieve a synergy with multi-agent systems (MAS)
technologies whereby agents will be in the center stage. Other workshops
have so far missed to garner the synergy of these technologies by taking
up either the semantic web aspect or the agent aspect of the shared
research issue.


ESAS 2012 will consist of refereed papers, invited papers or position
statements by prominent researchers of the field and a wrap-up panel of
all authors.


Papers must be submitted electronically via the ESAS 2012 Submission Page
(http://myreview.cs.iastate.edu/ESAS2012/). Please follow the IEEE
Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines to prepare your
papershttp://www.computer.org/portal/web/cscps/submission. All papers will
be carefully reviewed by at least three reviewers. Papers can be submitted
as regular papers (six pages), and the acceptance will depend on reviewer
feedback. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings of
the IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2012) by
the IEEE CS Press. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper must
register as a full participant of the workshop in order to have the paper
published in the proceedings. Each accepted paper must be presented in
person by one of its authors.

Workshop Organizers
Department of Computer Engineering
Istanbul Aydin University
Istanbul, Turkey
E-mail: duygucelik at aydin.edu.tr

University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Email: Rainer.Unland at icb.uni-due.de

Department of Computing
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
Email: rolfs at comp.mq.edu.au

Department of Computer Engineering
European University of Lefke
Gemikonagi, North Cyprus
E-mail: behnam at brahnama.com

Mehmet A. ORGUN
Department of Computing
Macquarie University
Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
Email: mehmet.orgun at mq.edu.au

Atilla ELCI (honorary)
Computer & Educational Technology Dept.
Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey
Email: atilla.elci at gmail.comUpdates at

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