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TFG Chair
Massimo Cossentino
Italian Research Council

TFG Description
The purpose of the Technical Forum Group on Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE TFG) is to collaborate towards a common framework for the application and evaluation of agent-oriented methodologies. Given the diversity of methodological approaches in the area, andtaking into consideration the current work in FIPA, it seems to all participants that we should consider some kind of harmonization and integration of the diverse knowledge in the area. Main interest topics include but are not limited to: MAS meta-models, methodologies and their evaluation, modeling languages.


TFG Chair
Steve Willmott
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

TFG Description
Argumentation theories provide a powerful framework for interacting agents making a decision, assessing the validity of a fact, or otherwise resolving a difference of opinion. Despite intensive activities and growing understanding of the theoretical basis of Argumentation models, there remain major barriers to the development and practical deployment of Argumentation systems. One of them is the lack of a shared, agreed notation or "Interchange Format" for argumentation and arguments.  In this context, the aim of the AIF TFG is to draw on existing threads of work on Argumentation, Argumentation formats, Agent Communication Languages, Semantic Web formalisms and other relevant areas, and to propose and generate a first version of an Argumentation Interchange Format (AIF) that, if successful, could subsequently be extended and implemented as a possible standard.

TFG Chair
Monique Calisti
Whitestein Technologies AG

TFG Description
The key idea is to contribute towards and to clarify and strengthen the importance of standardisation activities for software agent technology, an issue of central relevance to many academic and industrial agent-oriented organisations.
The main objectives of this TFG are:
1. To assess the importance of ongoing agent-dedicated and agent-related    standardisation activities.
2. To clarify how existing standardisation bodies and groups relate and possibly contribute to the establishment of stronger liaison.
3. To understand and possibly position the role of Agentlink for ongoing    and future agent-dedicated and agent-related standardisation work.


TFG Chair
Danny Weyns
DistriNet Labs

TFG Description
There is a general agreement in the multiagent systems research community that the environment where agents are situated in is an essential part of any multiagent system. Yet, most researchers and developers minimize the environment's role to message transport or broker infrastructure, neglecting a rich potential of possibilities for the paradigm of multiagent systems. The overall goals of the ENV TFG are: (1) to promote the environment as a first-order abstraction in multiagent systems; and (2) to put forward the environment as a trategic research direction for multiagent systems. Thespecific aim of this TFG meeting is to drawn up an action plan for the future of environments for multiagent systems.

TFG Chair
Ulle Endriss
University of Amsterdam
The Netherlands

TFG Description
Negotiation over the allocation of resources is widely regarded as one of the central research issues in the multiagent systems community.
The TFG on Multiagent Resource Allocation aims at providing a venue for the exchange of ideas in this area and puts special emphasis on the knowledge transfer between microeconomics and social choice theory on the one hand and computer science and AI on the other.


TFG Chair
Mehdi Dastani
Utrecht University
The Netherlands

TFG Description
PROMAS is focused on the implementation of multi-agent systems. More practical than theoretic, this group presents and discusses current approaches of multi-agent system developments, always paying attention to the industrial applications. Academy attendants may obtain benefits from contacting companies that promote agents in real implementations, and reviewing how engineers understand agent theory. Industry partners can get a picture of what is going on the research community and, perhaps, visualize new solutions for their current developments.Sessions tend to be participative, not just presentation-question format, but more oriented towards discussions. Lecturers will be carefully selected so that the group offers a balanced perspective of industry and academy points of view. This group has a strong link with other groups, concretely with AOSE.
TFG Chair
Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo
University of Geneva Switzerland
Marie-Pierre Gleizes
University Paul Sabatier France
Anthony Karageorgos
University of Thessaly Greece

TFG Description
The aim of the SELF-ORG TFG is to establish the context for systematically applying self-organisation in MAS. Self-organisation refers to a process where a system changes its internal organisation without explicit external control to adapt to changes in its goals and environmental conditions. Self-organisation is an attractive approach to tackle the openness and dynamism of contemporary agent applications.
The work continues from the previous meeting which elaborated on fundamental definitions and identified representative case studies. The aim of this meeting is to apply different self-organisation mechanisms on selected case studies and to assess their effectiveness and quality using suitable criteria.




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