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Event in series AOSE
Subevent of AAMAS2009
Dates 2009/05/11 (iCal) - 2009/05/11
Location: Budapest, Hungary
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Important dates
Submissions: 2009/01/31
Camera ready due: 2009/03/05
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Since the mid 1980s, software agents and multi-agent systems have grown into a very active area of research and also commercial development activity. One of the limiting factors in industry take up of agent technology is however the lack of adequate software engineering support, and knowledge in this area. To bridge this gap, the Agent Oriented Software Engineering workshop brings together researchers and practitioners on multi-agent systems with a strong focus on software engineering issues. The AOSE-2009 workshop will build on the success of the six previous AOSE workshops. The first AOSE-2000 workshop was held at the ICSE2000 conference in Limerick, Ireland, in June 2000; The AOSE-2001 workshop was held at the Fifth International Conference on Autonomous Agents (Agents 2001); since 2002, the AOSE workshop was co-located with the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS).

Workshop structure

We plan to combine paper presentations with panel discussions and tools demonstrations through the workshop. The aim is to foster a strong =20 environment for discussion and interaction, both through pre-designed mechanisms =20 of panels, and through careful chairing. Depending on the quality of submitted papers, we may consider having =20 short and long presentations. Papers will be selected as long papers (25 =20 minutes) or short papers (10 minutes). You can find additional details in the PROCEEDINGS section. Both long and short papers will be combined to form =C2 heterogeneous =20= sessions with enough time for panel discussions.

Topics of Interest

The workshop welcomes the submission of all papers on aspects of agent oriented software engineering. A non-exhaustive list of relevant topics include:

  • Methodologies for agent-oriented analysis and design
  • Agent-oriented requirements analysis and specification;
  • Relationship of AOSE to other SE paradigms (e.g., OO);
  • Process models for agent-based development
  • UML and agent systems;
  • Model-driven architecture (MDA) for MAS;
  • Service-oriented computing in the context of agent-based systems;
  • Refinement and synthesis techniques for agent-based specifications;
  • Verification and validation techniques for agent-based systems;
  • Software development environments and CASE tools for AOSE;
  • Standard APIs for agent programming;
  • Formal methods for agent-oriented systems, including specification

=C2 and verification logics;

  • Model checking for agent-oriented systems;
  • Engineering of large-scale agent systems;
  • Experiences with field-tested agent systems;
  • Best practice in agent-oriented development;
  • Practical coordination and cooperation frameworks for agent systems;
  • Standardisations for AOSE;
  • Re-use approaches for agent-oriented software, including design

=C2 patterns, frameworks, components, and architectures;

  • Integration of agent-oriented software into existing business =20 processes

=C2 and implications on business process re-engineering;

  • Implications of agent-oriented software on organizational and social

=C2 structures within and between companies (e.g. changes in roles, =C2 responsibilities, transparency, business processes and decision =20 schemes).


The workshop will welcome live demos. These demos would be performed =20 by authors of accepted papers or registered attendants without accepted papers. =20 Authors of accepted papers will be encouraged to show the software supporting their contribution. Researchers not submitting regular papers but interested =20=

in showing their software may participate as well by contacting workshop organizers in advance. Requests would be evaluated by the organizers to determine the interest for the workshop.


We plan to accept papers either as long or as short papers. Accepted =20 long papers will be considered for various publication routes, including the LNCS post-proceedings, and journal =C2 special issues. Short papers will be part of post-proceedings provided they supere additional reviews organised by the PC chairs.

To appear in any of the proceedings generated within the workshop it =20 will be required to have attended and defended the contribution in the workshop. Proceedings from previous editions of AOSE were formally published by Springer-Verlag within the LNCS series. The intention is, again, to publish the proceedings with Springer. We also plan a special issue of a journal in addition to the Springer proceedings, for selected papers arising out of the workshop discussions. See the workshop web pages for the latest news about this initiative.

Submission of papers

All papers, submitted as PDF files, must conform the LNCS format and will have no more than 12 pages. Instructions and templates can be found here: The maximum length of the paper will be 12 pages. Papers should be sent through the Easychair conference manager:

The submission procedure requires authors to create an account through the conference manager.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline 31 January 2009
  • Acceptance notification 25 February 2009
  • Camera-ready deadline 05 March 2009
  • Workshop held 11 or 12 May 2009

Organization committee

Steering comittee

  • Paolo Ciancarini, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Joerg Mueller, Technische Universitaet Clausthal, Germany
  • Gerhard Weiss, Technical University Munich, Germany
  • Michael Wooldridge, University of Liverpool, UK

Program comittee