Technical Forum Groups at AL3-TF1

AL3-TF1 Programme

The First AgentLink III Technical Forum (AL3-TF1) will take place in Rome from 30 June to 2 July 2004. AL3-TF1 will host the first meetings of the AL3 TFGs in form of either half-day or full-day events (longer durations to be negotiated on request). However, even though AL3-TF1 will represent the peak of the TFG's work, it will not exhaust their activity, which will instead have three main phases:

  • AL3-TF1 Preparation
    During this stage, TFG's Chairs will be responsible to contact all the potential researcher, institutions and companies that may have an interest or a contribution to bring to the TFG. They will determine the subthemes that the TFG meeting will explore, and (mostly important) they will define the format that the meeting will follow. In fact, the format is free: it might be a traditional debate led by invited contributors, a mixture of presentations and discussions, but original formats or modalities are welcome - like special challenges, one-to-one debates, task-driven subgroup sessions - whatever may help achieving the goals of the TFG. This will be negotiated with the Forum Chairs, and revised by the Scientific committee but mostly, original forms of interaction and discussion are encouraged indeed.
    The responsibility of the TFG Chair here is clearly to provide the Forum Chairs and AL3 Staff with a TFG program in time before the meeting takes place. Also, any material to be distributed to AL3-TF1 attendees should be made available to the organisation in advance, so as to allow for production and delivery - as well as its Web availability through the AL3 Web site. Otherwise, TFG Chairs will be asked to prepare and distribute the material by themselves.
  • AL3-TF1 Meeting
    During the official meeting, the TFG Chair will be in charge of conducting the meeting, to enable and promote the active contribution of all the participants, and to drive the TFG's work towards the achievement of the TFG's goals - this, as much as possible, without a priori limiting the free exchange of ideas and results among the participants. The meeting formats should possibly be explored and exploited at their best, at the same time trying to avoid rigidity, that may potentially prevent some unexpected results to emerge.
    At the end of the TFG meetings, global AL3-TF1 meetings will take place, where Forum Chairs will provide a general view of the Technical Forum, while the TFG Chairs will be asked to report briefly on TFG's activities and perspectives as well.
  • AL3-TF1 Post-production
    After the event the TFG chairs will summarise the proceedings of the event for both the TFG and the wider AL3 community. This will consist of (at least):
    • providing all the materials used/produced by participants during the meeting to be exposed in the AL3 Web site;
    • write a TFG report within two weeks after the meeting, that could provide a veracious account of the event, and summarise the most relevant contributions and results achieved. Also, some reporting about perspective activities should be included. Such a report should work as both an input for AL3 roadmap and Management Committee, and a potential report for AgentLink News. Such a contribution might be produced by TFG Chairs alone, but also (preferrably) with the active contributions by TFG's most active participants;
    • possibly, point out relevant contributions that could become stand-alone research contributions for AgentLink News, and also potential candidate papers for special issues of agent-related journals. Also, independent follow-ups promoted by TFG Chairs in terms of volumes or publications of any sort is welcome and encouraged,

The prosecution of the TFG's activity after AL3-TF1 will depend on the success of the event, the relevance of continuation of activity, and also to the ability of TFG's Chair to properly fullfil to all responsibilities and committments in AL3-TF1.

The First AgentLink III Technical Forum (AL3-TF1) will take place in Rome from 30 June to 2 July 2004 at the
Hotel Universo
Via P. Amedeo 5/b
00185 Roma
Tel:  00 39 06 476 811
Fax: 00 39 06 474 5125
Room Rates
Single Euro 130  (normally Euro 200)
Double Euro185 (normally Euro285)
An on line map of the location can be found here.

Details and rates for other hotels in the area can be found here.

The AL3-TF1 PROGRAMME can be found here.

Click here to find the Technical Forum Groups that will take place at the AL3-TF in Rome.


Please click here to complete the FORM indicating which sessions you would like to attend and return to the Events Co-ordinator, Catherine Atherton, by post or fax to:
Chadwick Tower
University of Liverpool
L69 7ZF
Fax: 00 44 151 794 3715

TFG Proposal Submission: 9 April 2004
TFG Preliminar Notification: 26 April 2004
AL3-TF1 Preliminar Program: 20 May 2004
AL3-TF1 Takes Place in Rome: 30 June - 2 July 2004

AL3-TF1 Forum Chairs: Cristiano Castelfranchi, Peter McBurney, Andrea Omicini
AL3-WP5 "Technical Forum" Coordinator: Andrea Omicini

Forum Chair: Andrea Omicini (Universita' di Bologna a Cesena, Italy)
Forum Co-chairs: Cristiano Castelfranchi (ISTC/CNR Roma, Italy), Peter McBurney (University of Liverpool, UK),
Forum Local Liason: Rino Falcone (ISTC/CNR Roma, Italy)
Forum Organisers: Peter McBurney (University of Liverpool, UK), Serena Raffin (University of Southampton, UK)

Scientific Committee
Fabio Bellifemine (TILab, Italy)
Monique Calisti (Whitestein Technologies, Switzerland)
Jacques Calmet (Universitat Karlsruhe)
Frank Dignum (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Barbara Dunin-Keplicz (Warsaw University, Poland)
Rino Falcone (ISTC/CNR Roma, Italy)
Matthias Klusch (DFKI, Germany)
Manolis Koubarakis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)
Michael Luck (University of Southampton, UK)
John-Jules Ch. Meyer (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Jean-Pierre Muller (CIRAD, France)
Pablo Noriega (IIIA, Spain)
Sascha Ossowski (Universidad Rey Carlos, Madrid, Spain)
Michal Pechoucek (Czech Technical University, Czech Republic)
Paolo Petta (Austrian Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Austria)
Stefan Poslad (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Alessandro Ricci (Universita' di Bologna a Cesena, Italy)
Giovanni Rimassa
Michael Rovatsos (Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany)
Wiebe van der Hoek (University of Liverpool, UK)
Steven Willmott (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, SPain)
Valentina Tamma (University of Liverpool, UK)
Franco Zambonelli (Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)




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