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hosted by SZTAKI, Budapest, Hungary, September 15-17, 2005
Hotel Agro Panorama
1121 Budapest, Normafa út 54

Closing Date for Registration Wednesday 7th September

Technical Forum Groups at AL3-TF3

AL3-TF3 Programme

Location & CEEMAS 2005

AL3-TF3 will take place in Budapest, Hungary, 15-17 September 2005, in co-location with the 4th International Central and Eastern European Conference on Multi-Agent Systems (CEEMAS 2005), one of the most   prominent international conferences in the agent field.

Co-location will be handled by the organisers of both CEEMAS 2005 and AL3-TF3 so as to minimise significant thematic overlaps, and to maximise synergies between the two events. The two locations will be as near as possible, in order to make it easy for attendants of both events to follow the most relevant moments according to their own scientific interests.

We therefore encourage AL3-TF3 participants to take advantage of the CEEMAS 2005 scientific programme.
Please refer to the Registration section for details about the special arrangements available to AL3-TF3 participants.

After the successful First (Rome, Italy, 30 June - 2 July 2004) and Second (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 28 February - 2 March 2005) AgentLink III Technical Fora, the Third AgentLink III Technical Forum (AL3-TF3) will take place in Budapest, Hungary, 15-17 September 2005. AL3-TF3 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-TF3 will represent the peak of the TFG's work, it will not exhaust their activities, which will instead have three main phases:

AL3-TF3 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-TF3 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-TF3 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 the participants. 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-TF3 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.

AL3-TF3 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.

Proposals for successful TFGs from the First AgentLink Technical Fora can be re-issued following the same procedures as the other proposals, and will be accepted provided that motivations for prosecution of activity are demonstrated. Proposals for new TFGs are very much encouraged, and all the AL3-TF3 staff is ready to try hard to find space, time, and resources for each good TFG proposal that will come in.

TFG Proposal Submission: 30 June 2005
TFG Preliminary Notification: 18 July 2005
AL3-TF3 Preliminary Programme: 31 July 2005
AL3-TF3 Takes Place: 15-17 September 2005

Andrea Omicini, Paolo Petta, László Z. Varga (AL3-TF3 Forum Chairs)
Andrea Omicini (AL3-WP5 "Technical Forum" Coordinator),

Forum Chair
Paolo Petta (OFAI and Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
Forum Co-chairs
Andrea Omicini (Universita' di Bologna a Cesena)
László Z. Varga (MTA SZTAKI, Budapest, Hungary)
Forum Local Liasons
Gusztav Hencsey (MTA SZTAKI, Budapest, Hungary)
László Z. Varga (MTA SZTAKI, Budapest, Hungary)
Magdolna Zsivnovszki (MTA SZTAKI, Budapest, Hungary)
Forum Organisers
Peter McBurney (University of Liverpool)
Catherine Atherton (University of Liverpool)


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