Call: 15th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA 2012)


PRIMA 2012
The 15th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
September 3-7, 2012

Co-located with PRICAI 2012, DC 2012 and PKAW 2012

Important Dates

Workshop proposals:  December 15, 2011
Papers/Tutorial proposals:  April 10, 2012
Author notification:  May 28, 2012
Camera-ready papers:  June 15, 2012
Workshops and Tutorials:  September 3-4, 2012
Conference:  September 5-7, 2012

Agent computing is an exciting, transformational approach to developing computer systems that can rapidly and reliably solve real- world problems that usually demand human knowledge and expertise. The value, power and flexibility of agent and multi-agent systems has been demonstrated in application areas such as logistics, manufacturing, simulation, robotics, decision support, entertainment, and especially in online market environments. As one of the largest and fastest growing research fields of Computer Science, agent research today includes a wealth of topics. The PRIMA 2012 Program Committee invites submissions of original, unpublished, theoretical and applied work on any such topic, and encourages reports on the development of prototype and deployed agent systems, and of experiments that demonstrate novel agent system capabilities.

Submission. PRIMA 2012 proceedings will be published by Springer as a volume in the LNAI series and proceedings will be available at the conference. Submitted papers should be 12–15 pages in Springer LNCS format and must be in a form suitable for “double-blind” review. Each submission will be subject to peer review in two rounds coordinated by an international Senior Program Committee, and authors will be able to provide a short “rebuttal” of the reviews before final decisions are made. A broad range of agent topics are of interest, but all papers should clearly identify how their scientific or technical contributions advance the state-of-the-art of agent computing practice or have a strong potential to do so.

Springer LNCS Author Instructions:


Foundations of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems:

  • Logics of Agency
  • Logics of Multi-Agent Systems
  • Normative Systems
  • Computational Game Theory
  • Uncertainty in Agent Systems
  • Agent and Multi-Agent Learning
  • Agent and Multi-Agent System Architectures
  • Agent Programming Languages and Platforms
  • Multi-Agent System Languages and Platforms
  • BDI Architectures and Extensions
  • Normative Multi-Agent Systems

Agent-Oriented Software Engineering:

  • AOSE Methodologies
  • Tools for Agent and Multi-Agent System Development
  • Formal Specification and Verification
  • Deployed System Case Studies

Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation:

  • Simulation Languages and Platforms
  • Artificial Societies
  • Virtual Environments
  • Workflow Simulation
  • Emergent Behaviour
  • Modelling System Dynamics
  • Application Case Studies


  • Agent Communication Languages and Protocols
  • Distributed Problem Solving
  • Teamwork Models
  • Coalition Formation
  • Argumentation, Negotiation, Bargaining
  • Auctions and Mechanism Design
  • Trust and Reputation
  • Computational Voting Theory

Hybrid Technologies:

  • Agents in Planning
  • Agent-Based Scheduling
  • Agent-Based Optimization
  • Distributed Constraint Satisfaction
  • Agents and Data Mining
  • Semantic Web Agents
  • Agents and Grid Computing
  • Agents and Service Oriented Computing
  • Agents and Pervasive Computing
  • Robotics and Multi-Robot Systems
  • Application Domains
  • Healthcare
  • Transport/Logistics
  • Emergency/Disaster Management
  • Energy/Utility Management
  • Sustainability/Resource Management
  • Games/Entertainment
  • eBusiness/eCommerce/eGovernment
  • eResearch/eLearning
  • Security/Surveillance
  • Smart Cities


  • Adaptive Personal Assistants
  • Embodied Conversational Agents
  • Virtual Characters
  • Multi-Modal User Interfaces
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Mobile Agents
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Social Recommender Systems


General Chairs:
Sandip Sen (University of Tulsa, USA)
Toshiharu Suguwara (Waseda University, Japan)

Local Arrangements Chairs:
Dickson Lukose (MIMOS Berhad, Malaysia)
Cheah Wai Shiang (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia)

Sponsorship Chairs:
Longbing Cao (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)
Matthias Klusch (DFKI Saarbruecken, Germany)
Sarvapali Ramchurn (University of Southampton, UK)
Jie Zhang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Tutorial Chair:
Edith Elkind (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Workshop Chairs:
Sherief Abdallah (British University in Dubai, UAE and  University of Edinburgh, UK)
Hiromitsu Hattori (Kyoto University, Japan)

Program Chairs:
Iyad Rahwan (Masdar Institute, UAE and MIT, USA)
Wayne Wobcke (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Senior Program Committee:
Stephen Cranefield (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Frank Dignum (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Guido Governatori (NICTA, Australia)
Katsutoshi Hirayama (Kobe University, Japan)
Kate Larson (University of Waterloo, Canada)
Rey-Long Liu (Tzu Chi University, Taiwan)
Alessio Lomuscio (Imperial College London, UK)
Andrea Omicini (University of Bologna, Italy)
Jeremy Pitt (Imperial College London, UK)
David Pynadath (University of Southern California, USA)
Alex Rogers (University of Southampton, UK)
Paolo Torroni (University of Bologna, Italy)

Publicity Chairs:
Jacob Crandall (Masdar Institute, UAE and MIT, USA)
Koen Hindriks (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)


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