Thursday, February 23, 2006

2006 Fall AAAI Symposium: Arlington, VA (October 12-15, 2006)

(Passing along for a colleague at Reconstruction)

October 12-15, 2006, at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, VA


Whereas multiagent systems have been extremely helpful in solving engineering problems, much of what we find exciting lies in their applications to contemporary human life. In particular, the focus of this meeting will be on self-constituting systems and networks composed of human and non-human agents characteristic of emergent cyber cultures, including e-commerce, e-learning as well as other human/non-human agent systems in medicine, law, science and online interactions of all kinds. It represents an opportunity not only to share insights and experiments in multiagent systems composed of robot- and software agents, but to theorize hybridity formed at the junction of the human- and non-human.

Multiagent systems, we submit, cross-disciplinary boundaries by focusing on society and culture as emerging from the interactions of autonomous agents. Poised at the intersection of AI, cybernetics, sociology, semiotics and anthropology, this strand of multiagent systems research enables a powerful perspective illuminating not only how we live and learn now, but also, through focusing on emergence, how we anticipate the future.

Moreover, by convening this interdisciplinary symposium, we hope to form new network assemblages of variegated agents of researchers and their techniques out of which may arise new perspectives on heretofore parochial questions in our respective disciplines. From here, there are manifold policy implications: multiagent systems research, we believe, can be a powerful reagent, interrogating the teleological, emergentist assumptions underlying, for example, the adoption and institutionalization of IT in universities, businesses, hospitals and NGOs, and suggesting other, networked possibilities.

Key questions:
-Emergence of pre-linguistic concepts
-Emergence of shared representations
-Emergence of meaning and language
-How can we characterize the fungible, shifting networks created by human and non-human agents?
-How do the environment and the society influence the individual agent and vice versa?
-What are the knowledges, translations or other hierarchies that emerge in such settings?
-What tools do we use in these explorations?
-Are emergent phenomena surprising? If so, to whom? And what effects might such surprise register in a system composed of agents, phenomena and observer?

-Are they surprising to the agent?
-How do these phenomena reflect on the off and on-line societies?


May 1, 2006 Papers due (10 pages max)
May 22, 2006 Acceptance notice
July/August Registration opens
August 29, 2006 A/V Requests due, permission to distribute due
Sept 1, 2006 Invited participants registration deadline
Sept 22, 2006 Final (open) registration deadline


Goran Trajkovski (co-chair), Towson University, USA
Samuel Collins (co-chair), Towson University, USA
Georgi Stojanov, American University in Paris, France
Michael North, Argonne National Laboratories, USA
Laszlo Gulyas, AITIA International Inc., Hungary

Note that limited financial support for graduate students will be available.

Please submit all questions to Goran Trajkovski, (

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