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  1. Robert E. Smith, Self Organizing Multi-Agent Systems Workshop

Message 1: Self Organizing Multi-Agent Systems Workshop

Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 20:04:59 +0100
From: Robert E. Smith <>
Subject: Self Organizing Multi-Agent Systems Workshop

Self Organisation in Multi Agent Systems (SOMAS)

27-28 July 2000
BT conference Facility in Milton Keynes, UK

Interest in large-scale systems of agents is growing, fuelled, in
part, by recent advances in mobile telecommunications and the spread
of the Internet. As these systems grow in complexity the density
and diversity of the interconnections between the components (or
agents) that make up the system increase rapidly. The global
behaviour of these complex systems can be considered to be an emergent
property of the interactions between the different agents that go to
make up the whole system.

Moreover, since such systems are required to provide a flexible
service, which can easily be adapted to particular user, needs the
practical control of such systems is starting to become beyond the
capability of centralised management methods. An alternative way to
manage this form of agent-based system is to utilise its emergent
properties to make it self-organising and self-regulating.

Desirable self-organisation is observed in many biological, social and
physical systems. However, fostering these conditions in artificial
systems has proved to be difficult and offers the potential for the
emergence of undesirable behaviours. It is therefore essential to be
able to understand and shape appropriate emergent behaviours in these
systems. Current mathematical and empirical tools give only a partial
insight into emergent behaviour in large, agent-based, systems.

The goal of this Workshop is to promote an open a dialog among interested
researchers from diverse fields, including:
* agent-based systems,
* complex systems,
* artificial intelligence,
* evolutionary computation,
* biology,
* and computer science.

The Workshop will focus on the means of measuring, understanding, and
shaping emergent behaviour in large distributed systems. It is
intended that this Workshop will provide an important opportunity for
those active, or interested, in emergent behaviour research, to hear
about current work, discuss future directions and priorities, and form
invaluable research contacts. A number of interesting research talks
will be presented at the meeting. An outline of these is given
below. Interested researchers are invited to register for the

The SOMAS Workshop will take place on the July 27th and 28th at the BT
Training Centre in Milton Keynes. Those interested in attending are
invited to register for the Workshop by mailing Dr Paul Kearney at giving name, affiliation and contact
details. Numbers are limited and registration will be on a "first come
first served basis". The registration cost of �50 will be payable
on the day. Note, however, that once the registration deadline has
passed, all bookings will be considered binding.

This registration fee is heavily subsidised by EPSRC and will cover
Workshop attendance, meals and accommodation. As one of the functions
of the Workshop is to promote extensive informal discussions, all
delegates are expected to be residential. The closing date for
registration is July 9th.


Bursaries are available for registered UK research students. They will
cover the cost of registration, meal, and accommodation. Help with
travel cost will be given at the discretion of the organising
committee. Such students should be engaged on an appropriate research
project. If you wish to apply for a bursary please include with your
registration request brief details of your PhD project, why it would
benefit you to attend this Workshop and contact details for you

Workshop Schedule

1st Day

12.00-13.00 Register
13.15-13.30 Introduction
13.30-14.30 Invited talk Self-organising multi-agent societies Nigel Gilbert
14.30-15.00 Break for Coffee
15.00-15.30 A theory of complex adaptive systems based on co-operative
self-organisation. Demonstration in electronic commerce. M.P. Gleizes, J.P
Georg�, and P. Glize (Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse)
15.30-16.00 Decentralised management of business process networks. P.
16.00-16.30 Engineering emergence. J. Stark (BT)
16.30-17.00 Break Coffee
17.00-17.30 Emergent behaviour in behaviour-based multi-agent control
system. J.M. Fernandes, J. Paulo, and C.E Oliveira (IEETA / Universidade de
17.30-18.00 A Game Theoretic Approach to Emergence In Multi-Agent Systems
18.00 Finish 1st Day
2nd Day

9.00-10.00 Invited Talk (Title TBA) Eve Mitleton-Kelly (LSE)
10.00-10.30 Community Learning and Data Management S.J. Lynden and O.F. Rana
(University of Wales, Cardiff)
10.30-11.00 Break for Coffee
11.00-11.30 Market Computation - A Data Physics C. Hoile (BT / University
of Sussex)
11.30-12.00 Spontaneous Group Formation in Multi-Agent Systems R.
Ghanea-Hercock (BT)
12.00-12.30 Measures of Emergence in Self-Organizing, Multi-Agent Systems
M. Danek, R. Smith (University of West of England) and W.A. Wright (BAE
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.00 To Buy or to Contract Out: Self-Extending Agents in Multi-Agent
Systems R.P. Clement (University of Westminster)
14.00-14.30 A Java Based Framework For Dynamic Agent Organisations T.
Kakoudakis, and M. Fisher (Manchester Metropolitan University)
14.30-15.00 An Agent-Based Middleware for Enhancing Mobile Communications
Infrastructure and Provision of Services in Emerging Systems G.Le Bodic,
D.Girma, J.Irvine, and J.Dunlop (University of Strathclyde)
15.00 Finish

Emergent Computing Workshop Series

This is the 6th workshop being organised by the `Emergent Computing'
network, to bring together multi-disciplinary ideas from complex systems,
AI, optimisation theory and non-linear systems, neural networks,
neuro-biology and computer science.

The workshops are:

1. Self-Organising Systems at the University of Manchester Institute of
Science and Technology, UK

2. Spatially Distributed Nonlinear Systems at the University of Leeds, UK
(December 1999)

3. Associative Computing at the University of York, UK (February 2000)

4. Emergent Computation in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University
of Hertfordshire, UK (April 2000)

5. Strategies for Implementing Large Scale Emergent Computing Systems at the
University of Wales, Cardiff, UK (June 2000)

6. Self-organisation in Multi-agent Systems (SOMAS) at The BT Conference
Centre, Milton Keynes, UK (July 27-28, 2000).
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