Call for Papers and Participation

Second International Workshop on
Regulated Agent-Based Social Systems:
Theories and Applications (RASTA'03)

Workshop date: 23 June, 2003

in connection with ICAIL 2003
the Ninth International Conference on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and LAW
24 - 28 June, 2003 Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

organised by
Institute of Science and Technology of Cognition - CNR, Italy,
AI Lab of the Department of Computer Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin, and
"Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science" Group, University of Hamburg

Organizing Board    Programme Committee    Submissions   

New deadline for submissions: March 24, 2003
Notification of acceptance: April 23, 2003
Deadline for final papers: May 13, 2003
Workshop: June 23, 2003

Agent Technology is the latest paradigm of software engineering methodology. The development of autonomous, mobile, and intelligent agents brings new challenges to the field. Agent technologies and multi-agent-systems are one of the most vibrant and active research areas of computer science. At the same time commercial applications of agents are gaining attention. The construction of artificial (agent) societies leads to questions that already have been asked for human societies. Computer Scientists have adopted terms like emerging behavior, self-organization, and evolutionary theory in an intuitive manner. Multi-agent-system researchers have started to develop agents with "social" abilities and complex "social" systems. However, most of these systems lack the foundation of the social sciences. It is the intention to bring together researchers from computer science as well as the social sciences who see their common interest in social theories for the construction of multi-agent-systems and those who want to use multi-agent-systems to simulate social systems.

The workshop will take place before the Ninth International Conference on ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE and LAW 24 - 28 June, 2003 Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
The Workshop date will be 23 June, 2003


Innovative and recent papers written in English are welcome for submission. The papers will be reviewed by at least two programme committee members. Selection criteria will focus on relevance to the special topic, originality with respect to the state of the art, and potential for discussion.

The program committee invites submissions of contributions as: long versions (up to 20 pages), short versions (up to 10 papges), and position statements / posters (up to 2 pages). Submissions should be in either POSTSCRIPT or PDF format and emailed to .

Accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings which will appear as a technical report of the Department of Computer Science, University of Hamburg, and which will be available at the workshop. The best contributions will be considered for further publication.

For further information about RASTA'03 contact the programme committee by email at
or have a look at the
RASTA'03 homepage at

Range of Interest

The wide range of social theories offers many different solutions to problems found in complex (computer) systems. Which theories, to apply how and when is a major challenge. In developing agents and multi-agent-systems computer scientists have used sociological terms like negotiation, interaction, contracts, agreement, organisation, cohesion, social order, or collaboration. Meanwhile an interdisciplinary area called Socionics, the bridge between sociology and computer science, is beginning to establish itself. The realisation that the behaviour of societies cannot fully be explained by macro-theories only, and the progress made in agent technology opened the way to new models of societies in which both macro-theories and micro-theories are incorporated. However, the integration of these theories is still insufficient. The development of the socionics research area and the increased interest in dynamics of behaviour and structures of or within agents in hybrid organisations requires the investigation of new modelling concepts.
When looking at the actually implemented systems many difficult challenges have to be solved with respect to the behaviour and the relationships within the involved and implemented entities of a system. Especially the introduction of norms and institutions in the social world has helped to organize our world. The transfer of these concepts into the field of MAS seems to be a promissing direction. At the same time the complete understanding of establishment of norms and institutions still needs research. Most interesting is that MAS are now seen as a good vehicle in terms of metaphers, concepts, and tools to support this research direction.
Social networks have been a good tool to provide an effective tool for sociologists studying individual behaviors in a complex social system and testbed for the study and evaluation of artificial agent societies. The mutual dependencies between organizations and their personal / artifical actors is a demanding testbed for theories and applications of MAS. The future will provide more and more connected and mutually dependent organizations / people / artifical agents. The consequences still have not been understood.
The way to approach all these challenges can be from theoretical, experimental, empirical, prototypical, applied etc. work. We expect to have again many different directions which will lead to an interesting discussion during and after the workshop as last time.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Programme committee
Karl Aberer EPF Lausanne, Switzerland
Andreas Abecker DFKI, Germany
Mark S. Ackerman University of Michigan, USA ackerman@godzilla.ICS.UCI.EDU
Petra Ahrweiler University of Hamburg, Germany
Luis Antunes University of Lisboa, Portugal
Sven Brückner ERIM, USA
Kathleen Carley CMU, USA
Noshir Contractor University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Jose Carmo Technical University of Madeira, Portugal
Enhong Chen University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China
Helder Coelho University of Lisbon, Portugal
Rosaria Conte National Research Council,Rome, Italy
Raymond D'Amore MITRE, USA
Kerstin Dautenhahn University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Chris Dellarocas MIT Sloan School of Management, USA
Peter Dittrich University Dortmund, Germany dittrich@ls11.cs.uni-do
Bruce Edmonds Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, United Kingdom
Rino Falcone Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology-CNR, Italy
David Hales Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Andrea Hollingshead University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Andrew Jones King's College London, UK
Catholijn Jonker Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Henry A. Kautz University of Washington, USA
Stefan Kirn TU Ilmenau, Germany stefan.kirn@wirtsch
Ioan Alfred Letia Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Victor Lesser University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA
Henry Lieberman MIT, USA
Gabriela Lindemann(co-Chair) Humboldt University Berlin,Germany
Jiming Liu Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong jiming@Comp.HKBU.Edu.HK
Thomas Malsch Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany
Steve Marsh National Research Council, Canada
Mark Maybury MITRE, USA
Jordi Sabater Mir IIIA / CSIC, Spain
Ivica Mitrovic University of Split, Croatia
Daniel Moldt(co-Chair) University of Hamburg, Germany
Bonnie Nardi Agilent Technologies, USA
Hiroaki Ogata University of Tokushima, Japan
Sascha Ossowski Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain
Pietro Panzarasa University of London, United Kingdom
Mario Paolucci(co-Chair) National Research Council,Rome, Italy mario.paolucci@thinkingo
Mirko Petric University of Split, Croatia
Paolo Petta University of Vienna, OFAI, Austria
Michael Prietula University of Florida, USA
Juan Antonio Rodriguez-Aguilar IIIA-CSIC, Spain
Fiorella de Rosis University of Bari, Italy
Giovanni Sartor University of Bologna, Italy
Michael Schillo DFKI Multiagent Systems Group, Germany
Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer TU Berlin, Germany
Bart Selman Cornell University, USA selman@CS.Cornell.EDU
Munindar P. Singh North Carolina State University, USA
Sorin Solomon Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel
Liz Sonenberg University of Melbourne, Australia
Katia Sycara CMU, USA
Ingo Timm TZI Bremen, Germany
Inga Tomic-Koludrovic University of Split, Croatia inga.tomic-koludrovic@umas .hr
Leon van der Torre Vrije University, The Netherlands
Adelinde Uhrmacher University Rostock, Germany
Thomas Uthmann University Mainz, Germany
Harko Verhagen Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Pinar Yolum North Carolina State University, USA
Bin Yu North Carolina State University, USA


Organizing Board
Gabriela Lindemann Humboldt University Berlin,Germany
Daniel Moldt University of Hamburg, Germany
Mario Paolucci National Research Council,Rome, Italy


Last modified: 07.03.2003 Daniel Moldt