Call: Principles and Practices in Multi-Agent Systems – Special issue of Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience

Scalable Computing: Practice and Experience
Special Issue: Principles and Practices in Multi-Agent Systems

Agent-based Computing addresses the challenges in managing distributed computing systems and networks through monitoring, communication, consensus-based decision-making and coordinated actuation. As a result, intelligent agents and multi-agent systems have demonstrated the capability to use intelligence, knowledge representation and reasoning, and other social metaphors like “trust”, “game” and “institution”, to not only address real-world problems in a human-like way but to transcend human performance. This has had a transformative impact on many application domains, particularly e-commerce, but also on planning, logistics, manufacturing, robotics, decision support, transportation, entertainment, emergency relief & disaster management, and data mining & analytics. As one of the largest and still growing research fields of Computer Science, agent-based computing today remains a unique enabler of inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary research.

The special issue will feature articles that concern research on the principles and practices of intelligent agent systems and multi-agent systems.


Areas of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Agent Programming Languages and Platforms
  • Multi-Agent System Languages and Platforms
  • BDI Architectures and Extensions
  • Normative Multi-Agent Systems
  • Tools for Agent and Multi-Agent System Development
  • Formal Specification and Verification
  • Testing, debugging and evolution
  • Deployed System Case Studies
  • 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
  • Agents in Planning
  • Agent-Based Scheduling and 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
  • Ubiquitous computing and ambient intelligence


  • Submission: April 15th, 2015
  • Author notification: July 15th, 2015
  • Camera Ready papers due: November 1st, 2015
  • Expected publication: December 31th, 2015


The special issue seeks original, unpublished work theoretical and applied work on any such topic given above, and encourages reports on the development of prototype and deployed agent systems, and of experiments that demonstrate novel agent system capabilities. The SCPE journal has a rigorous peer-review process and papers will be sent to at least two independent academic referees. Papers that do not merit publication (for any reason) can be rejected by the Special Issue Editors without further review.

Submitted papers must be formatted according to the journal’s instructions, which can be found at:


  • Dr Hoa Khanh Dam, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Prof. Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London, UK
  • Prof. Guido Governatori, Queensland University of Technology and NICTA, Australia
  • Prof. Takayuki Ito, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Dr. Yang Xu, University of Electronic Science and Technology, China


The journal focus on algorithm development, implementation and execution on parallel and distributed architectures, as well on application of parallel and distributed computing to the solution of real-life problems. SCPE provides immediate open access to its content. The journal is submitted for indexation in Scopus SciVerse, The Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCO, dblp – Computer Science Bibliography, CiteFactor, Index Copernicus, Open Access Library, J-Gate, ZDB, AcademicKeys, BibNet Project at University of Utah, ZENODO, Journal Click. In 2013, the SCPE’s SNIP (Scopus Source Normalized Impact per Paper) was 0.619 and SCPE’s SJR (Scimago Journal Ranking) was 0.151 (previous year values where: SNIP 0.376 and SJR 0.105). SCPE’s SJIF factor was 2.785 in 2012.


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