Workshop on
Teamwork and Coalition Formation

July 15, 2002

Bologna, Italy


Program


Call for Papers


Research on teamwork and coalitions studies emerging and self-organizing groups of agents. Traditionally, studies in teamwork have focused mainly on the efficient functioning of tightly coupled groups of agents. Teams have a well-defined structure and the main emphasis is the coordination among the agents. In contrast, research in coalitions has considered loosely coupled groups of self-interested agents that join together for a short time and has focused on issues concerning the group formation. More recently, however, there have been many common themes between these two approaches, for example, long-term coalitions of agents sharing common interests and utility and teams that include self-interested agents.

Teamwork and coalition formation among agents have become increasingly important for applications ranging from military modeling and simulation to e-business. They also hold promises in mobile and ubiquitous computing applications where adaptation to changing resources, environments, user context, etc. is vital.

The advancement of artificial intelligence has been strongly influenced by studies of human cognition and rational behavior. In the area of agent-based teamwork and coalition formation, however, there has not been much interaction with researchers from the behavioral and cognitive sciences studying teamwork and coalition formation. We believe that such interaction will be beneficial to both communities, since it can not only inspire new theoretical approaches, but also help to bridge the gap between theoretical studies and applications. Therefore, this workshop encourages participation from researchers both from the agents community and from the behavioral and cognitive sciences who study teams and coalitions. The workshop will provide a forum for researchers from both communities to meet, in hope for fostering synergistic discussions.

In this workshop, we invite papers on a broad range of topics related to the theoretical foundations, the design, and the applications of multi-agent coalition formation and teamwork systems. A special emphasis will be given on approaches that link studies about (i) human aspects of teamwork and coalitions formation; (ii) rational aspects of teamwork and coalition formation. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

Format:
The workshop will include paper presentations, poster presentations and panel discussions. Invited lectures may be presented as well.

Submissions:
Paper submissions (8 pages in the AAMAS format) should be sent to Onn Shehory at ONN@il.ibm.com by 22 April 2002. Templates for formatting the papers are available at
http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html

Schedule:
Authors will be notified about acceptance by 15 May 2002. Authors of accepted papers should make the modifications requested by the reviewers and submit a camera-ready copy by 27 May 2002.

The organizing committee is negotiating possible publication of selected papers presented at the workshop, after they are revised, as a special issue in a scientific journal.

Organizers:
Onn Shehory (Co-chair and Contact), IBM Israel
John Yen (Co-chair), Penn State University, USA
Thomas Ioerger (Co-chair), Texas A&M University, USA
Julita Vassileva (Co-chair), University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Program Committee:
Samir Aknine, Universite Paris 6, France
Jeff Bradshaw, University of West Florida, USA
Silvia Breban, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Chris Brooks, University of Michigan, USA
Phil Cohen, Oregon Graduate Institute, USA
Alexis Drogoul, Universite Paris 6, France
Amal El Fallah, Universite Paris 13, France
John R. Hollenbeck, Michigan State University, USA
Mike Huhns, University of South Carolina, USA
Catholijn Jonker, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gal Kaminka, CMU, USA
Matthias Klusch, DFKI, Germany
Sarit Kraus, Bar Ilan, Israel
Kate Larson, CMU, USA
Kristina Lerman, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
Victor Lesser, University of Massachusetts, USA
Jeff Rickel, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
Jeff Rosenschein, HUJI, Israel
Eduardo Salas, University of Central Florida, USA
Tuomas Sandholm, CMU, USA
Peter Stone, AT&T Labs, USA
Devika Subramanian, Rice University, USA
Milind Tambe, ISI, University of Southern California, USA
John Tangney, AFOSR, USA