CLIMA IV - Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - January 6-7 2004
Over recent years, the notion of agency has claimed a major role in defining the trends of modern research. Influencing a broad spectrum of disciplines such as Sociology, Psychology, among others, the agent paradigm virtually invaded every sub-field of Computer Science, not least because of the Internet and Robotics.
Multi-agent Systems (MAS) are communities of problem-solving entities that can perceive and act upon their environments to achieve their individual goals as well as joint goals. The work on such systems integrates many technologies and concepts in artificial intelligence and other areas of computing. There is a full spectrum of MAS applications that have been and are being developed; from search engines to educational aids to electronic commerce and trade.
Although commonly implemented by means of imperative languages, mainly for reasons of efficiency, the agent concept has recently increased its influence in the research and development of computational logic based systems.
Computational Logic, by virtue of its nature both in substance and method, provides a well-defined, general, and rigorous framework for systematically studying computation, be it syntax, semantics, procedures, or attending implementations, environments, tools, and standards. Computational Logic approaches problems, and provides solutions, at a sufficient level of abstraction so that they generalise from problem domain to problem domain, afforded by the nature of its very foundation in logic, both in substance and method, which constitutes one of its major assets.
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss techniques, based on computational logic, for representing, programming and reasoning about multi-agent systems in a formal way. This is clearly a major challenge for computational logic, to deal with real world issues and applications.
We solicit unpublished papers that address formal approaches to multi-agent systems. The approaches as well as being formal must make a significant contribution to the practice of multi-agent systems. Relevant techniques include, but are not limited to, the following: