CFP: International Workshop on
Optimisation in Multi-Agent Systems and Distributed Constraint Reasoning
To be held in conjunction with the
Thirteenth International Conference on Autonomous and Multi-Agent Systems
We are glad to announce that a Joint Call for papers has been agreed
between the Workshop on Optimization
in Multi-Agent Systems (OptMAS) and the Workshop on Distributed
Constraint Reasoning (DCR). This joint
OptMAS-DCR workshop invites works from different strands of the
multi-agent systems community that pertain
to the design of algorithms, models, and techniques to deal with
multi-agent optimisation problems. We will also
place a particular emphasis on DCR approaches, which include the
modeling, formulation and solution of DCR
problems, including both Distributed Constraint Satisfaction and
* January, 22, 2014 - Submission of contributions to workshops
* February 19, 2014 - Workshop paper acceptance notification
* March 12, 2014 - Submission of camera-ready version
* May 5-6, 2014 - Workshop takes place in conjunction with AAMAS 2014.
The number of novel applications of multi-agent systems has followed an
over the last few years, ranging from online auction design, through
to scheduling of tasks in multi-actor systems. Multi-agent systems
designed for all these
applications generally involve some form of very hard optimization
problems that are
substantially different from problems traditionally dealt with in other
areas (e.g. industrial
processes or scheduling applications). More specifically, the technical
issues that multi-agent
algorithm designers have to deal with include:
* Open systems:algorithms to compute solutions to mechanisms that deal
stakeholders, who may be self-interested or may have different
capabilities from their peers.
* Distributed systems:algorithms that are across different system
components, such as those
that deal with agents that are tied to physical devices. This involves
computation and communication constraints, and the possibility of
failures of the components
and/or communication links.
* Privacy concerns:optimizing while minimising the exchange of private
* Solution quality bounds:problems requiring algorithms with quality bounds.
* Robust optimisation:techniques to deal with optimizations that are
repeated with only slight
changes in the input data and/or unreliable input data.
* Highly parallel architectures:e.g., multi-core, GPGPU, which deal with
Topics include but are not limited to:
* Distributed constraint optimization/satisfaction
* Winner determination algorithms in auctions
* Coalition formation algorithms
* Algorithms to compute Nash and other equilibria in games
* Optimization under uncertainty
* Optimization with incomplete or dynamic input data
* Algorithms for real-time applications
* GPU for general purpose computations (GPGPU)
* Multi-core and many-core computing
* Cloud, distributed and grid computing
Participants should submit a paper (maximum *15* pages in LNCS Springer
style), describing their work
on one or more of the topics relevant to the workshop. Alternatively,
participants may submit a shorter
paper (maximum *5* pages in LNCS Springer style) presenting a research
statement or perspective on
topics relevant to the workshop.
All submissions are conducted via the OptMAS-DCR 2014 EasyChair website:
Papers will be reviewed by at least 2 program committee members.
Criteria for selection of papers
will include: technical quality, novelty, significance, and clarity.
Pre-proceedings containing all accepted papers are provided
electronically on a USB stick as a part
of the AAMAS workshop registration package. Best papers from OptMAS 2008
and OptMAS 2009
were selected for publication in the special issue on Optimisation in
Multi-Agent System of the
Journal of Autonomous and Multiagent Systems. Best papers from OptMAS
2011 and 2012 were
invited to submit to a special issue on Optimisation in Multi-Agent
System of the Computer Journal.
We plan to continue this initiative for the current and next editions.
Dr. Archie Chapman, University of Sydney
Dr. Meritxell Vinyals, University of Southampton
Dr. William Yeoh, New Mexico State University
Dr. Roie Zivan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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