Call: 1st Workshop on Actors, Agents, Assistants, Avatars (4A’20) at FedCSIS 2020


1st Workshop on Actors, Agents, Assistants, Avatars (4A’20)

Organized within the framework of the Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS 2020), Track 2
Sofia, Bulgaria
6-9 September, 2020

Paper submission deadline (sharp/no extension): May 15, 2020

NOTE: COVID-19 Information: We would like to assure everybody that FedCSIS 2020 will take place, the submitted and accepted papers will be published and sent for indexations as usual. In case the conference cannot be staged in real setting of beautiful Sofia, we will provide a virtual web-based avenue for it. We look forward to receiving your contributions as usual and guarantee that FedCSIS 2020 will be another memorable and rewarding conference. Nevertheless, we would like to stress that in case of inability to be physically present at the FedCSIS Conference, due to travel restrictions, the FedCSIS paper authors will be allowed to remotely present their papers.

The field of, broadly understood, agent technology is undergoing rapid changes. What was once envisioned, primarily, in research papers becomes reality. Over last few years we observe proliferation of personal assistants and avatars (sometimes considered under a joint umbrella of ChatBots). For instance, consider Siri, Cortana, Amazon Echo, or Google Assistant (to name the most popular). They can help in different activities, but a lot of work remains before they reach full potential. Furthermore, actors start to materialize in real-world applications – as a promising approach to implement large-scale distributed systems. It is also worthy noticing that avatars, humans and smart things can cooperate as a community that instantiates, contributes to and exploits various aspects of collective intelligence. Here, observe that agents can play very relevant role in the context of implementing, for example, intelligence of smart devices, which interact with each other and with humans, by common communication channels and, possibly even, social networks. At the same time, software tools that can be used to realize 4A systems have reached maturity and are surrounded by active user communities.


To recognize the current trends we have decided to develop a new workshop that will cover all aspects concerning the 4A’s. Therefore, we welcome submissions of original papers concerning the following topics (the list is not exhaustive and deliberately provided on a meta-level):

  • Actors, as an approach to design and (efficiently) implement distributed systems
  • Current perspectives on software agents and multi-agent systems
  • Design and implementation of assistants
  • ChatBot design, implementation and use
  • Avatars for today and tomorrow
  • Theoretical foundations of 4A-based systems
  • 4A-based simulations (with application to real-world use cases, in particular)
  • Case studies, applications and experiences with 4A’s (in real-world, in particular)


A special session devoted to demonstration of working prototypes is planned. Special recognition for the best demo will be given.


  • Authors should submit draft papers (as Postscript, PDF or MSWord file).
  • The total length of a paper should not exceed 10 pages IEEE style (including tables, figures and references). IEEE style templates are available here.
  • Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance to the workshop.
  • Preprints containing accepted papers will be published on a USB memory stick provided to the FedCSIS participants.
  • Only papers presented at the conference will be published in Conference Proceedings and submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® database.
  • Conference proceedings will be published in a volume with ISBN, ISSN and DOI numbers and posted at the conference WWW site.
  • Conference proceedings will be indexed in BazEkon and submitted for indexation in: Thomson Reuters – Conference Proceedings Citation Index, SciVerse Scopus, Inspec, Index Copernicus, DBLP Computer Science Bibliography and Google Scholar
  • Extended versions of selected papers presented during the conference will be invited to the Special Issue of:
    • Scalable Computing; Practice and Experience
    • Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling (publication fee waiver for the papers that are going to be selected is expected)
    • Multiagent and Grid Systems

Organizers reserve right to move accepted papers between FedCSIS events.


  • Paper submission (sharp/no extension): May 15, 2020
  • Position paper submission: June 9, 2020
  • Author notification: June 30, 2020
  • Final paper submission and registration: July 15, 2020
  • Conference: September 6 – 9, 2020


Agotnes, Thomas, University of Bergen, Norway
Ambroszkiewicz, Stanislaw, Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Barseghyan, Artak, Yerevan, Armenia
Braubach, Lars, University of Hamburg, Germany
Budimac, Zoran, Faculty of Sciences, Univ. of Novi Sad, Serbia
Byrski, Aleksander, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Cabri, Giacomo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Florea, Adina, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania
Jedrzejowicz, Piotr, Gdynia Maritime University, Poland
Jezic, Gordan, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Kaleta, Mariusz, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Kruczkiewicz, Zofia, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland
Kusek, Mario, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Croatia
Leszczyna, Rafal, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Letia, Ioan Alfred, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Montangero, Manuela
Morge, Maxime, Université de Lille, France
Negru, Viorel, West University of Timisoara, Romania
Neruda, Roman, Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Ngoc-Thanh, Nguyen, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
Niazi, Muaz, COSMOSE Research Group, COMSATS Institute of IT, Pakistan
Oliveira, Eugenio, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
Omicini, Andrea, Alma Mater Studiorum–Universit? di Bologna, Italy
Oren, Nir, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Ouedraogo, Moussa, Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxembourg
Paik, Incheon, University of Aizu, Japan
Poggi, Agostino, DII – University of Parma, Italy
Pokahr, Alexander, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, Germany
Rahimi, Shahram, Southern Illinois University, United States
Rimassa, Giovanni, Whitestein Technologies AG, Switzerland
Rykowski, Jarogniew, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
Sakellariou, Ilias, University of Macedonia, Greece
Santoro, Corrado, University of Catania, Italy
Schaefer, Robert, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Senatore, Sabrina, DIEM University of Salerno, Italy
Tang, Yuqing, Carnegie Mellon University, United States
Thimm, Matthias, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Venticinque, Salvatore, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy
Vouros, George, University of Piraeus, Greece
Wahjudi, Paulus, Marshall Unviersity, United States


Badica, Costin, University of Craiova, Romania
Ganzha, Maria, Warsaw University of Tecnoogy, Poland
Ivanović, Mirjana, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Paprzycki, Marcin, Systems Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Unland, Rainer, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany


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