Call For Papers AOSE 2012
Agent-Oriented Software Engineering

Workshop held with AAMAS 2012, Valencia, Spain, June 4, 2012

Subject & Motivation

Since the early 1990s, multi-agent system researchers have developed a large body of knowledge on the foundations and engineering principles for designing and developing agent-based systems. The 12 past editions of the agent-oriented software engineering workshop (AOSE) had a key role in this endeavor. For 2012, the workshop organizers and the steering committee propose to organize an edition of AOSE workshop aimed at exploring the new role emerging of agent-oriented software engineering as a bridge from the now consolidated agent oriented programming languages and platforms, to recent systems modelling paradigms like self-*, autonomic systems, and systems of systems (SoS). Thus, it is our hope to explore in this workshop, from an agent-based perspective, foundations, models, methods, architectures, and tools for engineering future software-intensive IT eco-systems.

The workshop organizers plan to publish accepted papers in a volume of the Lecture Notes for Computer Science series.

Goal and Research Topics

The general goal of this year workshop is twofold: The first goal is to study the role of agent-oriented software engineering in the design phase of agents development. It is well known and accepted that agents - from the software engineering perspective - are of particular interest as an analysis abstraction. This has been true for several years but the most recent advancements in agent-oriented programming languages have proposed new challenges: software engineers may now design their solutions in terms of agents. The old need of moving to the object-oriented level of abstraction is overpassed and the new developing platforms allow for a more natural transformation of AO analysis models into AO design models. This reality has been soon perceived by researcher and practitioners. An example of this new trend may be found in the refreshed interest about testing of agents.

The second goal concerns the other side of the proposed ideal bridge: the needs of new design approaches specifically suited for facing the needs of self-organizing systems, autonomic systems and systems of systems. In the last years we have seen considerable research efforts on these topics; however, only few of them have their scope and foundations in the software engineering field.

Novel efforts are necessary to cope with these new challenges in order to find specific solutions that could bring such systems from research to industrialization. In this context, a means for bridging the above mentioned research (and application) streams may come from the advances on organizations, norms, and institutions. Are they mature enough for being applied to stable agent-oriented languages and for contributing to the engineering of self-organizing and autonomic systems? The proposed aim is find an answer to this question or to propose further hints for future investigations on the application of organizations, norms and institutions to the design of agent-oriented systems.

Topics of regular papers include:

Author Guidelines for Regular Papers

AOSE welcomes the submission of theoretical, experimental, methodological as well as application papers which focus on the topics outlined in the 'goals & topics' section.

Submitted papers will will be evaluated by three members of the PC. Papers that present a valuable idea that needs further development can be accepted as a short paper.


Papers should be 10 to 12 pages, including the text, figures, and references. The submissions must be formatted according to the Springer Verlag LNCS style. PDF format is required.

Papers can be submitted via EasyChair 'AOSE 2012'

The good receipt of your submission will be confirmed by email.

Publication Channels

Workshop notes with the accepted papers will be distributed at the workshop. Accepted papers will also be made available in electronic format on the workshop website before the workshop starts.

All authors of acccepted papers will be invited to submit a revised and extended version of their paper for the post-proceedings that are planned to be published as a volume in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science of Springer. The papers will undergo an additional review.


Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: 22th March 2012 (extended!)

Paper notifications: 6th April 2012

Camera ready paper (pre-proceedings) due: 13th April 2012

Workshop: 4th June 2012

Scientific Committees

Organizing Committee

Program Committee