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Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

ISSN (printed): 1387-2532. ISSN (electronic): 1573-7454.

The emergence of autonomous agents and multi-agent technology is one of the most exciting and important events to occur in computer science during the 1990s. It is widely believed that this technology will play a central role in the development of complex distributed systems networked information systems and computer interfaces during the twenty-first century. The aim of the Journal is therefore to provide a forum for disseminating significant new results in the foundations development analysis and applications of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. The Journal will publish original high quality papers on the theory and practice of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. While a range of submissions are welcome from purely theoretical to application-oriented all submissions should indicate both the consequences of their results for the development of agent systems and the significance of their results for other researchers and practitioners within the field. The Journal will be multi-disciplinary in that it will be relevant to many fields that share interests with agent systems. These fields include computer science and artificial intelligence software engineering distributed systems distributed artificial intelligence computer-supported cooperative work knowledge representation and manipulation ethology psychology organizational theory sociology linguistics philosophy economics and cognitive science. Specific topics will include but are not restricted to: Micro-level aspects of multi-agent systems including agent architectures agent representation formalisms and notations agent development methodologies practical reasoning decision theory and agency software agents and expert assistants human-agent interaction agent learning and adaptivity and believable/synthetic agents. Macro-level aspects of multi-agent systems including cooperation coordination conflict detection and resolution negotiation organizational structuring and design for multi-agent systems computational market systems self-organization emergent functionality and swarm intelligence multi-agent learning languages for cooperation and coordination agent communication languages and issues of overall performance of multi-agent systems. Agents as a new software engineering paradigm including specification and verification of agent systems interaction based programming and agent mobility. Exploration of relationships between agents and other disciplines such as ethology psychology linguistics philosophy and human-computer interaction; and the relationship between multi-agent systems and other disciplines such as sociology economics game theory and organization theory. Significant and novel applications of agent technology in such areas as networks and distributed systems human-computer interaction computer-supported cooperative work process and manufacturing control business process management information gathering computer games and virtual environments and multi-agent simulation of social and organizational phenomena. Environments testbeds and programming languages for experimentation with and analysis of agent systems. Best practice in agent system development including methodology of analysis and design for agent systems evaluations of different approaches to developing agent systems and practical experiences with agent development. Comprehensive reviews and authoritative tutorials of research and practice in agent systems including annotated literature lists and short descriptions of significant agent system projects and research groups. Comprehensive reviews of books dealing with agents and multi-agent systems.

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