Paper submission deadline : extended to June 1, 2006
Paper notification : June 26, 2006, postponed to June 30
Camera ready paper : July 15, 2006
See the NODe
Conference : September 18-21, 2006
The goal of this Special Track is to explore the relationship between
multiagent systems and software architecture. There is a clear connection
between multiagent systems and software architecture, yet this connection
is rarely explored.
Multiagent systems are generally considered as an approach for engineering
applications in complex domains. A multiagent system application is
designed as a set of autonomous software entities (agents) that are
embedded in shared structure (the environment). Agents can flexibly
achieve their design objectives by acting in the environment and
interacting with one another. Multiagent systems are typically ascribed
quality properties such as adaptability, robustness, or scalability.
Mainstream software engineering generally recognized software architecture
as the primary vehicle to manage complexity and to achieve the system's
required qualities. Software architecture consists of the structures of
the system, which comprise software elements, the externally visible
properties of those elements, and the relationships among them. Software
elements provide the functionality of the system, while the required
system qualities are primarily achieved through the structures of the
So there is a clear connection between multiagent systems and software
architecture. Yet this connection is rarely explored. Agent-oriented
methodologies typically give an individual interpretation to the various
phases of the software engineering process. This isolates agent-oriented
software engineering from mainstream software engineering practice,
hampering the industrial acceptance of agent technology.
This Special Track places the connection between multiagent systems and
software architecture in the forefront. The overall goal is to explore how
current practice in software architecture can be valuable for
agent-oriented software engineering.
The Special Track is an integral
part of the
conference (NODe). The general objective of the seventh edition of NODe is
bring together research communities that are related to object-oriented and
component technology on the one side and multi-agent systems on the other
side. NODe 2006 specifically aims to explore interdisciplinary research on
software engineering, opening venues for unifying research. The particular
focus of MASSA is to explore the connection between multiagent systems and
MASSA program - Tuesday 19th September, 2006
9.00 - 10.00 Keynote talk Net.ObjectDays
10.00 - 10.15 Coffee
10.15 - 10.25 Opening
10.25 - 10.55 "Multiagent Systems and Software architecture"
Danny Weyns* and Tom Holvoet
10.55 - 11.25 "On Applying the PROSA Reference Architecture in
Multiagent Manufacturing Control Applications"
Paul Verstraete*, Bart Saint Germain, Paul Valckenaers, Hadeli, and
Hendrik Van Brussel
11.25 - 11.45 "The Proper Role of Agent Technologies in Design and
Implementation of Dependable Network Enabled Systems"
Rune Gustavsson*, Martin Fredriksson, and Per Mellstrand
11.45 - 12.00 Coffee break
12.00 - 12.20 "A Scalable Agent-Based Workflow Management System For
Business Process Management Environments"
Hesam Chiniforooshan Esfahani* and Seyed Hassan Mirian Hosseinabadi
12.20 - 12.40 "Time-Aware Multi Agent Systems"
Daniela Micucci*, Marco Oldani, and Francesco Tisato
12.40 - 13.00 "Metamodeling of Semantic Web Enabled Multiagent
Geylani Kardas*, Arda Goknil, Oguz Dikenelli, N. Yasemin Topaloglu
13.00 - 13.30 "Experiences with Theme/UML for Architectural Design of a Multiagent Systems"
Nelis Boucke* and Tom Holvoet
13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 15.15 Invited talk Net.ObjectDays
15.15 - 15.30 Coffee break
15.30 - 16.00 "On the Quantitative Assessment of Aspect-Oriented
Alessandro Garcia, Cidiane Lobato*, Claudio Sant'Anna, Uira' Kulesza,
Christina Chavez, and Carlos Lucena
16.00 - 16.20 "A Description Language for Component and
Aspect-Oriented Agent Architectures"
Mercedes Amor* and Lidia Fuentes
16.20 - 16.50 Discussion (TBA)
16.50 - 17.00 Closing
We welcome the submission of original research papers. We seek
theoretical, experimental, methodological as well as application papers.
Papers may report on completed work, descriptions of work in progress, or
discussion papers. Papers outside the scope of the relationship between
multiagent systems and software architecture will be rejected.
Submissions will be peer reviewed by three members of the program
committee. Selection criteria include: relevance, technical correctness,
originality of contribution and quality of exposition.
Submissions should be 12-15 pages in length, including figures and
references. The paper must be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag
Papers must be sent in PDF format to danny.weyns[at]cs.kuleuven.be.
Call for Papers
(top)The Call for Papers is available
Topics of Interest
Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:
- Role of software architecture in agent-oriented software engineering
- Quality requirements for multiagent systems
- Architectural tactics, patterns, and styles for multiagent systems
Reference models and reference architectures for multiagent systems
- Architectural design of multiagent systems
- Integration of
architectural design in agent-oriented methodologies
- Software architectures for multiagent systems
- Architectural description languages for such software architectures
- Documentation of software architectures for multiagent system
- Evaluation of software architectures for multiagent system
- Domains related to software architecture and multiagent systems,
- Aspect-oriented software development for multiagent systems
- Middleware support for multiagent systems
- Practical applications of software architecture in multiagent
All accepted papers will be published in the Net.ObjectDays Conference
Proceedings. It is planned to publish selected papers of the Special Track
with a renowned publishing company, such as
Additionally, authors of high-quality papers will be invited to submit
an extended version of their paper for a Special Issue of the Journal on
Multiagent and Grid
Systems or the
International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering.
- Chair: Danny
Department of Computer Science Leuven, Belgium
- Hausi Muller, University of Victoria, British Columbia, USA
- David Garlan, Carnegie
Mellon University, USA
- Dennis Smith, Software Engineering
Institute, SEI, USA
- Marin Litoiu, IBM Canada Ltd., Canada
- Renee Elio, University of Alberta, Canada
Wouter Joosen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Paolo Giorgini, University of Trento, Italy
Jorg Muller, Technical University Clausthal, Germany
Tom Holvoet, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
James Odell, Intelligent Automation, Inc., USA
Van Parunak, Altarum Institute, Ann Arbor, USA
Liz Sonenberg, University of Melbourne, Australia
Franco Zambonelli, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Onn Shehory, IBM Reseach Labs, Israel
Alessandro Garcia, Lancaster University, UK
For further information about the Special Track you can send an email.