New University of Lisbon, Portugal, 5-9th of May, 2008


Call for Tutorials

Researchers and lecturers in the field of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems are invited to submit a proposal for a state-of-the-art course to be part of the programme of EASSS'08.

A typical course has 4 hours in total, but variations are possible. Courses should be broad enough to provide a general introduction to the chosen topic, but should also cover the most important contributions in depth. Courses are expected to take a wider perspective than one specific approach practised by an individual or group. For an impression, the EASSS'01 courses are collected in a volume of Springer's LNAI series (No 2086), and programmes of previous editions of EASSS can be found via their websites available through this page.

Tutors are encouraged to submit a 1-page course proposal including: the topic and its importance for the field, intended audience and their required background knowledge, outline of the topics to be presented, how the course material will be prepared, the tutors and their experience, level of the course (beginners/advanced), duration (typically 4 or 6 hours), and any special equipment requirements.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the importance and quality of the topic description, the quality of the presentation material, and the teaching ability of the proposed speakers.

The summer schools attract about 100 students each year. We intend to give a modest contribution towards tutors' expenses by providing free accommodation, but EASSS would not normally cover tutors' travel costs.

Deadline for course proposals: 18th of January, 2008
Notification of course acceptance: 4th of February, 2008
CRC of course notes (26 pages max): 23rd of March, 2008

Submissions should be sent to Mehdi Dastani (

Possible Topics:

  • action selection and planning in multi-agent systems
  • adaptation, evolution and learning in multi-agent systems
  • agent-based simulation and modeling
  • agent communication, agent dialogues and agent argumentation
  • agents, ontologies, web services and semantic web
  • agent-oriented software engineering and development methodologies
  • agent programming languages and development tools
  • agent standardizations in industry and commerce
  • applications and deployment for agents and multi-agent systems
  • architectures for multi-agent systems
  • artificial market systems, auctions, trading agents and electronic commerce, electronic institutions
  • autonomous robots and robot teams
  • believability, human-like qualities of synthetic agents, humanoid and sociable robots
  • game theory and coalition formation for agents based systems
  • computational complexity in agent systems
  • conventions, commitments, norms, social laws and legal issues in multi-agent systems
  • coordination, cooperation, and collaboration in multi-agent systems
  • emergence, self-organisation and collective behavior in agent-based systems
  • foundational issues and theories of agency
  • information agents, routers, brokering and matchmaking
  • logics for specification, verification and validation of multi-agent systems
  • mobile agents
  • negotiation, task and resource allocation, and conflict handling in multi-agent systems
  • privacy, safety and security in multi-agent systems
  • scalability, robustness and dependability of multi-agent systems
  • social and cognitive models for agents
  • social and organizational structures of multi-agent systems
  • trust and reputation in multi-agent systems