Important Dates

Paper submission February 23, 2024 March 4, 2024 (AoE, UTC-12)
Author notification March 25, 2024 March 29, 2024 (AoE, UTC-12)
Camera-ready April 19, 2024 (AoE, UTC-12)
Workshop May 6-7, 2024

Topics

Despite the substantial body of knowledge and expertise developed in the design and development of Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), the systematic development of large-scale and open MAS still poses many challenges. Even though various languages, models, techniques and methodologies have been proposed in the literature, researchers and developers are still faced with fundamental questions attaining MAS engineering, such as:

  • How to specify, design, implement, verify, test and validate large-scale and open MAS?
  • How to ensure and control the global behaviour of decentralised, large-scale and open MAS?
  • How to express the requirements for MAS and how to translate these requirements into agent goals?
  • Which (multi-)agent architectures and languages are most suitable for MAS in different domains?
  • How to seamlessly integrate AI and machine learning techniques into design/programming languages and tools for agent-based systems?
  • How to engineer agent and multi-agent systems that are secure and protect the privacy concerns of users?
  • How to scale to the complexity of real-world application domains?
  • What are the implications of MAS engineering in the context of continuous development and deployment?
  • How can MAS be applied in specific application areas, such as Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet-of-Things?
  • How to seamlessly integrate MAS engineering with mainstream software engineering models, languages, frameworks and tools?
  • Which processes and methodologies can integrate the above and provide a disciplined approach to the engineering of MAS?

EMAS 2024 will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners in the domains of agent-oriented software engineering, programming multi-agent systems, declarative agent languages and technologies, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to present and discuss their research and emerging results in engineering MAS. The overall purpose of the workshop is to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas and experiences in the various fields to:

  • Enhance our knowledge of the theory and practice of engineering intelligent agents and multi-agent systems, and advance the state of the art;
  • Demonstrate how MAS methodologies, architectures, languages and tools can be used in the engineering of deployed large-scale and open MAS;
  • Define new directions for engineering MAS by drawing on results and recommendations from related research areas;
  • Encourage PhD and Masters students to become involved in and contribute to the area.

Submissions

We solicit four types of submissions:

  • Regular papers should: (1) clearly describe innovative and original research; or (2) report a survey on a research topic in the field; or (3) explain how existing techniques have been applied to a real-world case. (16 pages, excluding references, in LNCS format).
  • Short papers should: (1) describe novel and promising ideas and/or techniques that are in an early stage of development; or (2) present a vision for some part of the field, including challenges, and research opportunities (see the AAMAS Blue Sky Track CFP for more information on these sort of papers). (8 pages, excluding references, in LNCS format).
  • Student papers should describe M.Sc. or Ph.D. research in the field of engineering multi-agent systems. The paper should clearly describe the problem tackled and why it is important, the research method, the (expected) contributions of the research, and the evaluation. The lead author on the paper should be the student. (6 pages, excluding references, in LNCS format).
  • Tools, testbeds, and demo papers should describe a novel tool or demonstration in the field of engineering multi-agent systems. Submissions may range from early prototypes to in-house or pre-commercialised products. Authors of other EMAS 2024 papers are also welcome to submit an accompanying tool/demo paper. The paper should provide a link to supplementary material that allows the reviewers to evaluate the submission such as website or video (4 pages, excluding references, in LNCS format).

Submission policy: all papers should be original and not be submitted elsewhere. The review process is single blind: submissions should not be blind, reviewers will be.

Submissions should be formatted following the LNCS formatting style which is available via: http://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines

The EasyChair submission page can be found here: https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=emas2024

Authors of accepted papers may be invited to submit revised and extended versions of the EMAS papers for inclusion in the post-proceedings that will be published as a volume in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI).


Awards

  • Student paper award: Papers where the main author is a student should be identified as such and will be eligible for the best student paper award.
  • Best regular paper award: We will also select the best paper amongst the regular papers where the main author is not a student.