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AL3-TF2 Programme


After the successful First AgentLink III Technical Forum (Rome, 30 June - 2 July 2004), the Second AgentLink III Technical Forum (AL3-TF2) will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 28 February to 2 March 2005. AL3-TF2 will host the 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-TF2 will represent the peak of the TFG's work, it will not exhaust their activities, which will instead have three main phases:

  • 1) AL3-TF2 Preparation
    During this stage, TFG 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 (most importantly) they will define the format the meeting will follow. In fact, the format is up to the TFG Chairs: it might be a traditional debate led by invited contributors or a mixture of presentations and discussions; but original formats or modalities are welcome -- such as special challenges, one-on-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 programme in time before the meeting takes place. Also, any material to be distributed to AL3-TF2 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.

  • 2) AL3-TF2 Meeting
    During the official meeting, the TFG Chairs will be in charge of conducting the meeting, enabling and promoting the active contribution of all the participants, and driving 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 theparticipants. The meeting formats should be explored and exploited at their best, at the same time trying to avoid rigidity, that may potentially prevent some unanticipated novel results to emerge.

    At the end of the TFG meetings, global AL3-TF2 meetings will take place, where Forum Chairs will provide a general overview of the Technical Forum, while the TFG Chairs will be asked to report briefly on their TFG's activities and perspectives.

  • 3) AL3-TF2 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 published on the AL3 Web site

    • writing a TFG report within two weeks after the meeting, that should 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 (preferably) with the active contributions by TFG's most active participants.

    • possibly, pointing 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 extension of a TFG's activity after AL3-TF2 will depend on the success of the event, the relevance of continuation of activity, andalso on the ability of the TFG Chairs to properly fulfil to all responsibilities and commitments in AL3-TF2.

Proposals for successful TFGs from the First AgentLink Technical Forum can be re-issued following the same procedures as the other proposals,and will be accepted provided that motivations for prosecution ofactivity are demonstrated. Proposals for new TFGs are very muchencouraged, and all the AL3-TF2 staff is ready to try hard to find space, time, and resources for each good TFG proposal that will come in.

The Second AgentLink III Technical Forum ( AL3-TF2) will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Details on location will follow soon, and will be available through the AL3 Web site.

Details and rates for HOTELS in the area can be found here

TFG Proposal Submission: 31 December 2004
TFG Preliminary Notification: 15 January 2005
AL3-TF2 Preliminary Programme: 31 January 2005
AL3-TF2 Takes Place: 28 February - 2 March 2005

Matjaz Gams, Andrea Omicini, Paolo Petta (AL3-TF2 Forum Chairs)
Andrea Omicini (AL3-WP5 "Technical Forum" Coordinator),

Forum Chair
Andrea Omicini (Universita' di Bologna a Cesena)
Forum Co-chairs
Matjaz Gams (University of Ljubljana)
Paolo Petta (OFAI and Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
Forum Local Liasons
Lili Lasic (University of Ljubljana)
Matjaz Gams (University of Ljubljana)
Mitja Lasic (University of Ljubljana)

Forum Organisers
Peter McBurney (University of Liverpool)
Catherine Atherton (University of Liverpool)

Scientific Committee
Ivan Bratko (University of Ljubljana)
Monique Calisti (Whitestein Technologies, Switzerland)
Jacques Calmet (Universitat Karlsruhe)
Cristiano Castelfranchi (ISTC/CNR Roma, Italy)
Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Frank Dignum (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Barbara Dunin-Keplicz (Warsaw University, Poland)
Rino Falcone (ISTC/CNR Roma, Italy)
Marie-Pierre Gleizes (University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France)
Matthias Klusch (DFKI, Germany)
Manolis Koubarakis (Technical University of Crete, Greece)
Michael Luck (University of Southampton, UK)
Peter McBurney (University of Liverpool)
John-Jules Ch. Meyer (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Jean-Pierre Muller (CIRAD, France)
Pablo Noriega (IIIA, Spain)
Sascha Ossowski (Universidad Rey Carlos, Madrid, Spain)
Terry Payne (University of Southampton)
Michal Pechoucek (Czech Technical University, Czech Republic)
Stefan Poslad (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)
Alessandro Ricci (Universita' di Bologna a Cesena, Italy)
Giovanni Rimassa (Whitestein Technologies, Switzerland)
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)
Mirko Viroli (Universita' di Bologna a Cesena, Italy)
Franco Zambonelli (Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)


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