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Stefano V. Albrecht-2
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Call for Papers: AAMAS 2019


Eighteenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent
Systems

May 13-17, 2019, Montreal, Canada

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Important Dates

Abstract Submission: 12th of November 2018 (23:59 UTC-12)

Full Paper Submission: 16th of November 2018 (23:59 UTC-12)

Rebuttal Phase: 8th-9th of January 2019 (23:59 UTC-12)

Author Notification: 23rd of January 2019 (23:59 UTC-12)

JAAMAS Submission: 27th of January 2019 (23:59 UTC-12)


Conference Schedule

Tutorials, Doctoral Consortium, Workshops: May 13-14, 2019

Main Conference: May 15-17, 2019


Main Track and Special Tracks

AAMAS is the leading scientific conference for research in autonomous
agents and multiagent systems. The AAMAS conference series was initiated
in 2002 by merging three highly respected meetings: the International
Conference on Multi-Agent Systems (ICMAS); the International Workshop on
Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages (ATAL); and the
International Conference on Autonomous Agents (AA). The aim of the joint
conference is to provide a single, high-profile, internationally
respected archival forum for scientific research in the theory and
practice of autonomous agents and multiagent systems.


Information for Authors

AAMAS 2019 encourages the submission of analytical, empirical,
methodological, technological, and perspective papers. Analytical and
empirical papers should make clear the significance and relevance of
their results to the AAMAS community. Similarly, methodological and
technological papers should make clear their scientific and technical
contributions, and are expected to demonstrate a thorough evaluation of
their strengths and weaknesses in practice. It is strongly encouraged
that papers focusing on specific agent capabilities evaluate their
techniques in the context of autonomous agent architectures or
multiagent systems. A thorough evaluation, conducted from a theoretical
or applied basis, is considered an essential component of any
submission. Authors are also requested to pay particular attention to
discussing how their work relates to the state of the art in autonomous
agents and multiagent systems research as evidenced in, for example,
previous AAMAS and related conferences and journals. All submissions
will be rigorously peer reviewed and evaluated on the basis of the
overall quality of their technical contribution, including criteria such
as originality, soundness, relevance, significance, quality of
presentation, and understanding of the state of the art.

AAMAS 2019, the eighteenth conference in the AAMAS series, seeks the
submission of high-quality papers limited to 8 pages in length, with any
additional pages containing only bibliographic references. Reviews will
be double blind; authors must avoid including anything that can be used
to identify them. Please note that submitting an abstract is required
before submitting a full paper. However, the abstracts will not be
reviewed, and full papers must be submitted for the review process to
begin. All work must be original, i.e., it must not have appeared in a
conference proceedings, book, or journal and may not be under review for
another archival conference. In addition to submissions in the main
track, AAMAS 2019 will be soliciting papers in special tracks. The
review process for the special tracks will be similar to the main track,
but with program committee members specially selected for each track.
All accepted papers for the special tracks will be included in the
proceedings. At least one of the authors of each paper is required to
register (by the early registration deadline), attend, and present the
paper at the conference.

A significant number of papers will be invited to submit extended
versions to the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems
(JAAMAS) for fast-track review.


AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the
proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may
be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The
official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings
related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings
are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over,
the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)


Topics of Interest

The conference solicits papers addressing original research on
autonomous agents and their interaction. In addition to the main track,
there will be six special tracks: Robotics, Socially Interactive Agents,
Engineering Multiagent Systems, Blue-Sky Ideas, JAAMAS, and Industrial
Applications. Specific details and topics of interest for each track
appear below.

Topics of interest for the main track include (but are not limited to)
the following:

Agent Theories and Models:

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    Logic and game theory

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    Logics for agents and multi-agent systems

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    Formal models of agency

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    Belief-Desire-Intention theories and models

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    Cognitive models

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    Models of emotions

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    Logics for norms and normative systems

Communication and Argumentation:

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    Commitments

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    Communication languages and protocols

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    Speech act theory

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    Deductive, rule-based and logic-based argumentation

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    Argumentation-based dialogue and protocols

Agent Cooperation:

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    Biologically-inspired approaches and methods

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    Collective intelligence

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    Distributed problem solving

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    Teamwork, team formation, teamwork analysis

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    Coalition formation (non-strategic)

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    Multi-user/multi-virtual-agent interaction

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    Multi-robot systems

Knowledge Representation and Reasoning:

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    Ontologies for agents

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    Reasoning in agent-based systems

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    Single and multi-agent planning and scheduling

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    Reasoning about action, plans and change in multi-agent systems

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    Reasoning about knowledge, beliefs, goals and norms in multiagent
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Agent Societies and Societal issues:

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    Organizations and institutions

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    Social networks

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    Socio-technical systems

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    Normative systems

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    Values in MAS (privacy, safety, security, transparency,…)

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    Monitoring agent societies

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    Coordination and control models for multiagent systems

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    Architectures for social reasoning

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    Trust and reputation

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    Policy, regulation and legislation

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    Self-organization

Learning and Adaptation:

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    Reward structures for learning

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    Evolutionary algorithms

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    Co-evolutionary algorithms

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    Multiagent learning

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    Reinforcement learning

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    Deep learning

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    Adversarial machine learning

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    Learning agent capabilities (agent models, communication, observation)

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    Learning agent-to-agent interactions (negotiation, trust, coordination)

Agents & Mainstream Computing:

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    Service-oriented architectures

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    Mobile agents

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    Autonomic computing

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    P2P, web services, grid computing, IoT, HPC

Agent-based Simulation:

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    Social simulation

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    Simulation techniques, tools and platforms

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    Simulation of complex systems

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    Validation of simulation systems

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    Modelling for agent-based simulation

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    Interactive simulation

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    Emergent behaviour

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    Analysis of agent-based simulations

Verification and Validation of Agent-based Systems:

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    Testing of agent-based systems, including model-based testing

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    Verification techniques for multiagent systems, including model checking

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    Synthesis of agent-based systems

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    Fault tolerance and resilience of multi-agent systems

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    Testing and debugging multiagent programs

Economic Paradigms:

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    Auctions and mechanism design

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    Bargaining and negotiation

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    Behavioral game theory

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    Cooperative games: theory & analysis

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    Cooperative games: computation

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    Noncooperative games: theory & analysis

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    Noncooperative games: computation

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    Social choice theory

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    Game theory for practical applications


General Chairs:

Edith Elkind (University of Oxford, UK)

Manuela Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)


Program Chairs:

Noa Agmon (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

Matthew E. Taylor (Borealis AI, Canada)


JAAMAS (Chair: Kagan Tumer)

AAMAS 2019 will also accept papers for presentation that have appeared
in the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (JAAMAS) in
the 12 months period preceding the AAMAS notification date (January
2019). These articles also have the option to publish an extended
abstract (maximum two pages, excluding bibliography) in the AAMAS
proceedings. The articles must be original and not previously published
as a full paper in an archival conference. The submission process for
this track is separate from the main paper submission process, and is
later (deadline in January). Authors of eligible JAAMAS papers will be
contacted by email in the second half of November.

For details on JAAMAS, visit
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Robotics (Chairs: Joydeep Biswas and Mohan Sridharan)

We invite contributions that extend the state of the art at the
intersection of artificial intelligence and robotics. We especially
encourage contributions in integrated and interactive systems (e.g.,
systems that sense and reason), and contributions that include
evaluations on physical robots (single or multiple). Papers are
solicited in all areas, including, but not limited to, one or more of
the following:

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    Explainability, trust and ethics for robots

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    Human-robot interaction and collaboration

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    Knowledge representation and reasoning

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    Long-term (or lifelong) autonomy

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    Machine learning for robotics

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    Mapping and localization

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    Multirobot systems

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    Networked systems and distributed robotics

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    Robot control

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    Failure recovery for robots


Socially Interactive Agents (Chairs: Ana Paiva and David Sarne)The
Socially Interactive Agents track invites papers on research topics
related to the design, implementation, evaluation and application of
social agents including social robots. Such agents (and robots) are
capable of interacting with people and each other using social
communicative behaviors common to human-human interaction. Example
applications include social assistants on mobile devices, pedagogical
agents in tutoring systems, characters in interactive games, social
robots collaborating with humans and multimodal interface agents for
smart appliances and environments. The goal of the social agents track
is to provide an opportunity for continued interaction and
cross-fertilization between the AAMAS community and researchers working
on social  interactive agents.We welcome papers that present novel work
and contributions on social agent systems, human(s)-agent(s)
interaction, applications or evaluations of such systems. Submissions
can address innovative, fundamental issues such as behavioral or
cognitive models for autonomous social agents, as well as new
application areas.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Humans and Agents/Robots:

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    Human-robot/agent interaction

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    Multi-user/multi-agent interaction

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    Agents competing and collaborating with humans

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    Agent-based analysis of human interactions

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    Agents for improving human cooperative activities

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    Groups  of humans and agents

Social agent models:

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    Reasoning, learning, adaptation and user modeling

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    Affect, personality and cultural differences

Multimodal interaction:

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    Verbal and nonverbal communication for social agents (perception,
    analysis and generation)

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    Gaze, gestures, emotions, facial expressions, etc. (recognition and
    generation)

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    Dialogue models for social agents

Adaptation and Learning in Interactive Social Agents:

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    Interactive and Active Learning for Social Agents

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    Transfer Learning for human-agent Interactions

Social agent architectures:

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    Tools for designing and building social agents

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    Ubiquitous architectures

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    Portability and reuse standards/measures to support interoperability

Evaluation methods and studies:

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    Empirical studies on social agents

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    Ethical considerations and social impact

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    New methods and new metrics for evaluating human-agent interaction

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    Social agents as a means to study and model human behavior

Applications:

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    Interactive storytelling, entertainment, education, health, art,
    chatbots, marketing and large scale deployments


Engineering Multiagent Systems (Chairs: Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni and
Michael Winikoff)

The new Engineering Multiagent Systems track invites submissions that
contribute to the theory and practice of multiagent system development.
This includes methodologies, tools and technologies that support the
development and engineering of multiagent systems. The aim of the
Engineering Multiagent Systems track is to bring together researchers
from software engineering and multiagent systems communities to discuss
the engineering issues related to the development of multiagent systems.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

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    Programming frameworks, languages, models and abstractions for all
    aspects of multiagent systems

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    Formal methods and declarative technologies for specification,
    verification and engineering of multiagent systems

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    Multiagent systems software engineering methodologies and
    techniques, and development concerns (e.g. deployment, scalability
    and complexity)

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    Interoperability and integration

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    Tools and testbeds for evaluation of multiagent systems

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    Empirical studies and industrial experience reports on engineering
    multiagent systems applications

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    Real-world and innovative applications of multiagent systems

Blue Sky Ideas (Chair: Catholijn Jonker)

The emphasis of this track is on visionary ideas, long-term challenges,
new research opportunities, and controversial debate. It serves as an
incubator for innovative, risky, and provocative ideas, and aims to
provide a forum for publishing and presenting these without being
constrained by the result-oriented standards followed in the review
process of other tracks of the conference. We encourage papers to
reflect on: the use of agents and multiagent systems in emergent
computing technologies; novel, overlooked, or underrepresented
methodologies and application areas; their potential promises and risks;
and on the future of the research area and its community within the
broader AI and computing landscape. Importantly, this track is not the
right place for preliminary work, or for papers reporting on existing
approaches. Reviewers will assess papers based on the novelty of the
ideas presented, the rigor with which they are developed, and the level
of critical reflection applied in the exploration of these ideas.


Industrial Applications (Chairs: Bo An and Yoram Bachrach)

We invite industry practitioners and researchers to present application
work that is deployed or has the potential to be deployed and uses
agents/multi-agent systems technology in practice. Research from, and
relevant to, the AAMAS community has permeated a variety of domains and
applications, both as central to the application and in key supportive
roles. For example, the community pursues research in topics including
optimization, machine learning agents (supervised, unsupervised and
reinforcement learning), resource allocation, cognitive intelligence,
agent-based simulation, and game theory, and applies them in domains
such as automotive systems, traffic routing, physical and cyber
security, auctions, energy markets, biomedicine, robotics, financial
management, and internet market design. Ideas and technologies from this
research are responsible for significant revenue-generation and
cost-saving, as well as for supporting important public policy and
business strategy decision-making. We are interested in hearing about
how agent and multi-agent approaches transition into practice and what
the current problems of interest are.

This special track provides the ideal forum to present, discuss, and
demonstrate compelling applications, agent system deployment
experiences, and new business ideas. The goal is to promote the
fostering of mutually-beneficial relationships between those doing
foundational scientific research and those using autonomous agents and
multi-agent systems in real-world commercial, non-profit, or government
applications.

Submitted material will be evaluated based on the use of
agent/multi-agent systems technology for real problems over a reasonable
duration, evidence of impact, and lessons for the agents/multi-agents
community about what worked and what did not. Contributors will be given
the opportunity to present their application at the conference. We
welcome both deployed application case study papers and emerging
applications.

In addition to this, the track will offer the following features:

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    There will be a special award for the best industrial application
    contribution.

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    Attendees will be offered the opportunity to participate in special
    events (e.g. "company academia speed dating” and a demo session)
    bringing industrial partners, students and academics in contact.

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    There will be joint panel session with practitioners and academics
    to discuss current trends in academia and industry and how to
    establish beneficial collaborations between industry and academia.


Submission Instructions for Industrial Applications:

Authors can submit an extended abstract (2 pages) or a full paper (8
pages), following the standard AAMAS submission instructions, describing
the application at a more scientific level. Such papers will undergo a
regular reviewing process and if accepted will be included in the AAMAS
proceedings. The submission deadline of such papers is the same as the
submission deadline of the main track.

We will also welcome talk-only submissions. Authors should submit a
presentation of their work in whatever electronic medium best shows the
AAMAS relevant features of the application, whether a video, PPT,
deployment, webpage or software. Acceptance to the track will be
determined based on both the degree to which interesting agent
technologies feature in and improve the deployed system, as well as the
benefit to the community to understanding the challenges and solutions
in the application. Authors must submit a one page document accompanying
the primary submission, briefly summarizing what interesting agent
technologies are featured in the deployed system and the impacts those
technologies have had. We also consider submissions presenting
real-world problems which can be potentially solved by agent technologies.

The  talk-only submission deadline is February 1, 2019.





General Information

All full papers accepted to the main track and the special tracks will
be presented in parallel technical sessions. All the papers will be
published in the conference proceedings and will be permanently
available after the conference at www.ifaamas.org/proceedings.html. In
addition, AAMAS 2019 will include:

Workshops

Tutorials

Doctoral consortium

System demonstrations

Poster presentations for full papers and extended abstracts

Invited talks and panel discussions

The submission processes for the workshops and system demonstrations are
separate from the main paper submission process. Information will be
posted on the relevant pages.


Policies

Policy on multiple and previous submissions

Authors may not submit any paper to AAMAS 2019 that has already appeared
in an archival forum. Authors must ensure that no submission to AAMAS
2019 is under review for another archival forum between the AAMAS 2019
submission and decision dates.


Policy on harassment at the conference environment

IFAAMAS is committed to organising the AAMAS conference and its
affiliated events in an environment that is free of harassment for
everyone involved: delegates, organisers, conference workers, and
reviewers. All participants in IFAAMAS events are asked to embrace our
intention to foster a harassment-free scientific community, and to
understand that IFAAMAS will respond appropriately to incidents of
harassment if they occur. The complete IFAAMAS harassment policy is
available at www.ifaamas.org/harassment.html


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Dr. Stefano V. Albrecht
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Artificial Intelligence
School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh
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