11th International Workshop on AGENT-ORIENTED SOFTWARE ENGINEERING - (AOSE), 10 May, 2010, Toronto, Canada
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, however, is the lack of adequate software engineering support, and knowledge in this area.
AOSE is focused on this problem and provides a forum for those who study the synergies between software engineering and agent research.
The concept of an agent as an autonomous system, capable of interacting with other agents in order to satisfy its design objectives, is a natural one for software designers. Just as we can understand many systems as being composed of essentially passive objects, which have state, and upon which we can perform operations, so we can understand many others as being made up of interacting, autonomous or semi-autonomous agents. This paradigm is especially suited to complex systems.
Software architectures that contain many dynamically interacting components, each with their own thread of control, and engaging in complex coordination protocols, are typically orders of magnitude more complex to correctly and efficiently engineer than those that simply compute a function of some input through a single thread of control, or through a limited set of strictly synchronized threads of control. Agent oriented modelling techniques are especially useful in such applications.
Many current and emerging real-world applications - spanning scenarios as diverse as worldwide computing, network enterprises, ubiquitous computing, sensor networks, just to mention a few examples -- have exactly the above characteristics. As a consequence, agent oriented software engineering has become an important area: both as a design modelling means, and as an interface to platforms which include specialised infrastructure support for programming in terms of semi-autonomous interacting processes.
The particular focus of this edition will be on how to bridge the gap between AOSE and conventional software engineering. We aim to look at the integration of concepts and techniques from multi-agent systems with conventional engineering approaches on the one hand, and the integration of agent-oriented software engineering and methodologies with conventional engineering processes on the other hand.
Call for Paper
Paper submission: February, 2, 2010
Nnotification of accepted paper: March 2, 2010
Camera ready submission: March 10, 2010
AOSE 2010 Workshop: May 10-11, 2010