Call for Papers

The 13th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA-2010)

[Formerly Pacific Rim International Workshop on Multi-Agents]

Kolkata, India

November 12th -15th, 2010

News Highlights

Major Sponsor : Smart Services CRC

Note : Change in Workshop and Tutorial Programme ... Registration from 10am. Workshops and Tutorials start 10:30am.

Conference Program Now Available

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The conference program is now available on the conference website.

Tutorials and Travel Scholarships information available now.

Information about the tutorials is now available on the conference website.

Thanks to our major sponsor, Smart Services CRC, limited Travel Scholarships are also available for Indian PhD students to attend the conference. Closing date for applications : 29th October, 2010.

Camera Ready Copies due 16th October

The deadline for Camera Ready copies is 16th October.

Early Bird and Author Registration Extended

The deadline for Early Bird and Author Registration has been extended to 8th October (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Submission deadline extended

The deadline for submitting papers has been extended to 14th August. Note that as a result of this extension some of the other dates (e.g. rebuttal and notification) have changed.

Best Paper Award Sponsored by IBM Research

PRIMA 2010 would recognize the highest quality research paper in the key theme area of "agents and services" with a Best Paper Award sponsored by IBM Research -- India. The award is aimed at encouraging top quality research in the critical area of Service Science. One paper will be chosen by the program committee for this award and the award carries a prize of Indian Rupees 5000.

Keynote Speakers

Frank Dignum. University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Henry Prakken, University of Groningen (Law & IT) and University of Utrecht (Computer Science), The Netherlands
Makoto Yokoo, Kyushu University, Japan


Agent computing and technology is an exciting, emerging paradigm expected to play a key role in many society-changing practices from disaster response to manufacturing, and from energy management to agriculture. Agent and multi-agent researchers are focused on building working systems that bring together a broad range of technical areas from market theory to software engineering to user interfaces. Agent systems are expected to operate in real-world environments, with all the challenges that such environments present. 

PRIMA is a leading scientific conference for research on intelligent agent and multi-agent systems, attracting high quality, state-of-the-art research from all over the world. The conference endeavours to bring together researchers, developers, and academic and industry leaders, who are active and interested in agents and multi-agent systems, their practices and related areas. The conference has a strong focus on practice, and is focused on becoming the premier forum for prototype and deployed agent systems. Thus PRIMA particularly encourages reports on development of prototype and deployed agent and multi-agent systems, and experiments that demonstrate the capability of agents to handle real-world challenges. In order to facilitate the inclusion of system descriptions, which are often not served well by paper descriptions, PRIMA includes a Multimedia submission track (see below).

PRIMA offers an exceptional opportunity for presentation of original work, technological advances, practical problems and concerns of the research community. Papers addressing methodological or theoretical aspects or particular aspects of agent development are also encouraged. A broad range of topics are of interest but all papers should clearly identify how the contribution brings the promise of practical multi-agent systems closer and identify their scientific and/or technical contributions to the PRIMA community.

In addition to the themes listed below, a key theme for PRIMA 2010 is agents and services, where the intent is to explore the connections between the agent technology and services (both in the sense of service science and service-oriented computing). We especially encourage papers that deal with the application of agent techniques to the challenges in the services area. There are clear relationships between the work in services and the work on agents, and there is increasing crossover between the two communities. 

Papers addressing methodological or theoretical aspects or particular aspects of agent development are also encouraged. A broad range of topics are of interest but all papers should clearly identify how their contribution brings the promise of practical multi-agent systems closer; and what their scientific and/or technical contribution is to the PRIMA community.

PRIMA2010 will build on the success of its predecessor workshops and conferences held in Nagoya, Hanoi, Bangkok, Guilin, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Melbourne, Kyoto, and Singapore. Since 2007, due to the need for an additional high-quality forum for international researchers and practitioners to meet and share their work, the meeting has been expanded from a workshop to a full-fledged conference.

PRIMA 2010 will see a number of changes to the reviewing process. These changes are designed to further raise the quality of the reviewing process and of the accepted papers. Specifically, PRIMA 2010 will:

  • introduce an author response phase in which authors are able to respond to reviews; 
  • use double blind reviewing; 
  • introduce a Senior Programme Committee (SPC), who are tasked with overseeing the review process of specific papers. 

Additionally, PRIMA 2010 will introduce a "shepherding" process for borderline papers. This process will see a PC or SPC member working with authors of borderline papers to provide additional support during the revision process in order to improve the presentation of the paper. Finally, PRIMA 2010 will replace short posters with full-length “work in progress” papers. This is being done in order to allow sufficient space for papers to explain their contribution, whilst still clearly distinguishing between full  papers and weaker papers that still have merit.

The PRIMA proceedings will be published by the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS), which sponsors and publishes the proceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS). Selected papers accepted to PRIMA will be invited to be expanded and published as a special issue with the journal of Multiagent and Grid Systems (MAGS).

News: We are pleased to be able to confirm that the PRIMA 2010 post-proceedings will be published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.

Multimedia Submission Track

For some multiagent systems it can be challenging to convey the research contributions of the work in a traditional paper format. For example, the novelty and contribution of some distributed robotic or agent systems cannot be easily made clear in a paper format, but might be compelling with a Powerpoint presentation or video.  Similarly, programming languages or tools might be best explained via a tutorial or software package showing their power. In recognition of this, PRIMA'10 retains the Multimedia Submission Track used in PRIMA'09. Specifically, in addition to regular paper submissions, we accept multimedia (non-paper) electronic submissions of technical contributions.

This type of work can be submitted in whatever electronic format best conveys the research contributions of the work, from Powerpoint presentations, to videos, to working code to websites.  These submissions will be reviewed by an experienced group of Multiagent researchers and be provisionally accepted or rejected.  If accepted, authors are required to submit a "traditional" paper via the normal submission process.  These provisionally accepted papers will be reviewed and then treated like journal papers that have been "accepted with revisions", i.e. authors must make changes as suggested by the reviewers, and camera ready papers will be checked to ensure that appropriate changes have been made and the paper meets high quality standards. 

Note that the criteria for accepting work through this submission process are still the research aspects of the work.  Well engineered systems that are not novel or research oriented are not encouraged.  The aim is specifically to provide a mechanism to get interesting research shared with the community even when its merit is difficult to convey in a traditional paper format.

Submission Details

Submissions are through easychair.

For multimedia submissions, please submit a single zip file.

For regular papers, please submit a PDF file in ACM SIG Proceedings format, at most eight (8) pages long (note that this is a change from last year, which used LNCS format). The paper should not include author details (i.e. be anonymous). Note that abstract submissions are requested a week before the paper deadline (i.e. 24th for abstracts, 31st for papers).


General Chairs
B.P. Sinha (Indian Statistical Institute, India)
Chandan Mazumdar (Jadavpur University, India)
Abdul Sattar (Griffith University, Australia)
Program Chairs
Nirmit Desai (IBM Research, India)
Alan Liu (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
Michael Winikoff (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Workshop Chairs: Hoa Khanh Dam (University of Wollongong, Australia) and Tru Hoang Cao (Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam)

Tutorial Chairs: Sujata Ghosh (Gottingen University, Netherlands) and Aniruddha Dasgupta (University of Wollongong, Australia)

Local Organizing Chair: Nabendu Chaki (University of Calcutta)
Local Finance Chair: Mridul Barik (Jadavpur University)
Registration ChairSankalp Khanna (CSIRO)

See the committees page for list of SPC and PC members.

Themes and Topics

Agents and Service Science
Agent-oriented frameworks, methods, and tools for SOA
Agent-based simulation and optimization of service systems
Agent-based modeling and analysis of service contracts
Agent-based service description, matchmaking, discovery, and brokering
Agent-based service composition, orchestration, and choreography
Agent-based monitoring and exception-handling of service delivery
Agent-based negotiation of QoS and SLAs
Deployment and distribution of agent-based service systems
Agent-based service business models and case studies

Agent-based system development
Agent-oriented software engineering
Agent development environments
Agent languages
Case studies and implemented systems

WWW and Semantic Web Agents
Web-based agents
Ontology agents
Semantic Web agents
Internet Bots
Human Agent Interaction

Agent Technologies for Service Computing
Service composition with agent collaboration
Service brokering and agency
Personalized services with agent adaptation
SLA definition and monitoring as agent goals

Agent Reasoning
Reasoning (single and multi-agent)
Planning (single and multi-agent)
Cognitive models
Ontological reasoning

Interface Agents
Practices of Interface Agents
Interface Multi-Agents
Virtual Agents
Collaborative Interface Agents
Autonomous Interface Agents

Agent societies and social networks
Artificial social systems
Trust and reputation
Social and organizational structure
Privacy, safety and security
Ethical and legal issues


Agent communication
Communication languages
Communication protocols
Agent commitments
Network structures and analysis

Agent Cooperation and Negotiation
Coalition formation
Distributed problem solving
Formal models for modeling other agents and self
Negotiation and Bargaining

Agent Systems
Software agents
Mobile agents
Agent-Based Assistants
Agent-Based Virtual Enterprise
Embodied Agents and Agent-Based Systems Applications
Socially Situated Planning Software and Pervasive Agents

Real-world Robotics
Coordination in multi-robot systems
Modeling and analysis of multi-robot systems
Tools that are relevant for multi-robot studies
Applications of multi-robot systems to real-world problems

Other Related Areas
Collective intelligence
Service science
P2P, Grid computing
Financial markets and algorithm trades
Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence
Programming Languages
Knowledge and Data Intensive Systems
Perceptive Animated Interfaces
Tools and Standards
Ubiquitous Software Services
Virtual Humans

Agent-based simulations
Emergent behavior Simulation-specific issues Learning
Learning (single and multi-agent)
Computational architectures for learning Evolution, adaptation

Important Dates

Workshop/Tutorial proposals
June 1st, 2010
Workshop proposal deadline extended to 14th June.

Workshop/Tutorial notifications
June 15, 2010

Submission: June 9th 23rd, 2010

Notification: June 16th 30th, 2010

August 14th, 2010

Author Response
September 3-6

Author notification
September 18th, 2010

Camera-ready papers
October 16th, 2010

Early/Author registration deadline
October 8th 5th, 2010

Registration deadline
November 1st, 2010

Workshops and Tutorials
November 12th, 2010

Conference dates
November 12th - 15th, 2010



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