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CFP - 6th International Workshop on Engineering Multi-Agent Systems (EMAS 2018)
Co-located with IJCAI/ECAI, AAMAS, and ICML 2018
14th-15th of July, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden

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A main unifying theme underlying AI is the idea of an intelligent agent able to reason, act, interact, and learn. This metaphor makes intelligent agents and multi-agent systems (MASs) appealing for all those researchers and practitioners working in the domains of agent-oriented software engineering, programming multi-agent systems, declarative agent languages and technologies, machine learning, and AI in general.

EMAS 2018 aims to gather researchers and practitioners working in these domains to present and discuss their research and emerging results in MAS engineering. The overall purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the cross-fertilisation of ideas and experiences in the various fields to:
1. Enhance knowledge and expertise in MAS engineering and improve the state or-the art;
2. Define new directions for MAS engineering that are useful to practitioners, relying in results and recommendations coming from different but continuous research areas;
3. Investigate how practitioners can use or need to adapt established methodologies for the engineering of large-scale and open MAS;
4. Involve more master and PhD students.
We will organise the two-day workshop in a highly interactive style this year with podium time for authors of accepted papers before lunch and interactive joint activities after lunch, including breakout groups, a fish bow panel, and a demonstration session.


The main topics include but are not limited to:
- Software engineering methodologies and techniques, and development concerns for MAS
- Formal methods and declarative technologies for specification, verification and engineering of MAS
- Programming frameworks, languages, models and abstractions for all aspects of MAS
- Tools and testbeds
- Empirical studies and (industrial) experience reports on engineering MAS applications for domains

For a detailed list of subtopics, see

We highlight three novelties for EMAS 2018:
1. EMAS will organise a joint panel with the Goal Reasoning Workshop providing the opportunity to the attendees to address the topic of “Requirements and Goals for Agent-based Systems: From Specification and Design to Runtime Representation and Reasoning.”
2. EMAS will organise a junior track providing an opportunity to Master and PhD students to present their ongoing research project.
3. EMAS will organise a tool, testbed, and demonstration session where attendees can present novel results on these artefacts.


We solicit five types of submission:
- Regular papers should (1) clearly describe innovative and original research, or (2) report a survey on a research topic in the field, or (3) explain how existing techniques have been applied to a real-world case. (16 pages in LNCS format).
- Short papers should describe novel and promising ideas and/or techniques that are in an early stage of development. To that end, short papers will be reviewed with dedicated review guidelines (8 pages in LNCS format).
- Extended abstracts should focus on “Requirements and Goals for Agent-based Systems: From Specification and Design to Runtime Representation and Reasoning” (2 pages in LNCS format).
- Doctoral project papers should describe a research effort of a Master student or the dissertation research of a PhD student in the field of engineering multi-agent systems. The paper should clearly describe the problem tackled, a justification why this problem is important, the research method, the (expected) contributions of the research, and the evaluation. This paper can be co-authored by the student and his supervisor(s) only (6 pages in LNCS format).
- Tool, testbeds and demo papers should describe a novel tool or demonstration in the field of engineering multi-agent systems. Submission may range from early prototypes to in house or pre-commercialised products. Authors of other EMAS 2018 papers are also welcomed to submit an accompanying tool/demo paper. The paper should provide a link to supplementary material that allows the reviewers to evaluate the submission such as website or movie link (4 pages in LNCS format).
Submission policy: all papers should be original and not be submitted elsewhere. The review process is single blind: submissions should not be blind, reviewers will be.
The LNCS formatting style is available via:
The Easychair submission page can be found here:
When you enter the title of your paper in the data section in EasyChair, you must add as the first word the category to which the paper has been submitted (this first word does not need to be included in the submitted paper):

- REGULAR for regular papers (16 pages long)
- SHORT for short papers (8 pages long)
- EXTENDED for extended abstracts (2 pages long)
- DOCTORAL for doctoral project papers (6 pages long)
- DEMO for tool, testbeds and demo papers (4 pages long)
Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit revised and extended versions of the EMAS papers for inclusion in the post-proceedings that will be published as a volume in Lecture Notes in Computer Science.


Submission deadline: 14 May, 2018
Notification: 28 May, 2018
Camera-ready deadline: 15 June, 2018
EMAS: 14-15 July, 2018


Organising Committee

Viviana Mascardi, University of Genova, Italy (
Alessandro Ricci, University of Bologna, Italy (
Danny Weyns, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and Linnaeus University Sweden (
Program Committee

Matteo Baldoni, Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Torino
Luciano Baresi, Politecnico di Milano
Cristina Baroglio, Dipartimento di Informatica, Università di Torino
Olivier Boissier, Mines Saint-Etienne, Institut Henri Fayol
Rafael H. Bordini, PUCRS
Daniela Briola, University of Milan Bicocca
Fabiano Dalpiaz, Utrecht University
Louise Dennis, University of Liverpool
Lavindra de Silva, University of Nottingham
Juergen Dix, Clausthal University of Technology
Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni, LIP6 - University of Pierre and Marie Curie
Adriana Giret, Universitat Politècnica de València
Jorge Gomez-Sanz, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Sam Guinea, Politecnico di Milano
James Harland, RMIT University
Vincent Hilaire, UTBM/IRTES-SET
Koen Hindriks, Delft University of Technology
Benjamin Hirsch, EBTIC / Khalifa University
Tom Holvoet, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Jomi Fred Hubner, Federal University of Santa Catarina
Malte S. Kließ, Delft University of Technology
Nadin Kokciyan, King's College London
Joao Leite, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Yves Lespérance, University of York
Brian Logan, University of Nottingham
Philippe Mathieu, University of Lille 1
John-Jules Meyer, Utrecht University
Fabien Michel, LIRMM - Université de Montpellier
Frederic Migeon, IRIT
Jörg P. Müller, TU Clausthal
Ingrid Nunes, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Enrico Pontelli, New Mexico State University
Valeria Seidita,  Università degli Studi di Palermo
Viviane Silva, UFF (previous affiliation)
Guillermo R. Simari, Universidad del Sur in Bahia Blanca
Tran Cao Son, New Mexico State University
Jørgen Villadsen, Technical University of Denmark
Gerhard Weiss, University Maastricht
Michael Winikoff, University of Otago
Neil Yorke-Smith, Delft University of Technology
Rym Zalila-Wenkstern, University of Texas at Dallas

EMAS Steering Committee

Matteo Baldoni
Rafael H. Bordini
Mehdi Dastani
Jurgen Dix
Paolo Giorgini
Amal El Fallah-Seghrouchni
Jorg P. Muller
Alessandro Ricci
M. Birna van Riemsdijk
Son Tran Cao
Gerhard Weiss
Danny Weyns
Michael Winikoff