5th Workshop on Software Engineering for Agent-oriented Systems

Fortaleza, Brazil, October 6, 2009

Held in Conjunction with SBES 2009 - XXIII Brazilian Symposium on Software Engineering

Datas Importantes

Deadline for papers submission: July 12, 2006
Notification about submissions: August 09, 2006
Camera ready copy: August 23, 2006
SEAS Workshop: October 06, 2006

Note: All deadlines are 11:59PM (Apia Time) on the dates indicated.


Over the past three decades, software engineers have derived a progressively better understanding about the characteristics of complexity in software. Software architectures that contain many dynamically interacting components, each with their own thread of control, and engaging in complex coordination protocols, are typically orders of magnitude more complex to correctly and efficiently engineer than those that simply compute a function of some input through a single thread of control, or through a limited set of strictly synchronized threads of control.

Such complexity brought new challenges for software engineering researchers and practitioners and the agent and multi-agent technologies from Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Artificial Intelligence came up as a promising answer to them. In fact, agents offer higher level abstractions and mechanisms which address issues such as knowledge representation and reasoning, communication, coordination, cooperation among heterogeneous and autonomous parties, perception, commitments, goals, beliefs, intentions, etc.

Software agents and multi-agent systems have grown into what is now one of the most active areas of research and development activity in computing generally. Agent-orientation has emerged as an interesting paradigm to deal with real world abstraction and organization representation. There are many reasons for the current intensity of interest, but certainly one of the most important is that the concept of an agent as an autonomous system, capable of interacting with other agents in order to satisfy its design objectives, is a natural one for software designers.

Thus software engineering techniques should be created and successfully used to clearly show that the agent technology can become a foundation to build distributed software systems. In this context, the goal of SEAS 2009 is to bring together researchers and practitioners, involved in the development of techniques and applications of agent and multi-agent systems, to discuss the impacts of the agent paradigm in the development of this new brand of software systems.

SEAS was recently qualifies in Qualis as B5.

Topics of Interest

SEAS invites the research community to submit papers in all aspects of software engineering for agent-oriented systems including the following, but not limited to: - Agent-oriented reuse approaches (frameworks, architecture, product lines,...)
- Service-oriented computing to MAS
- Requirement engineering to MAS
- MDA (Model Driven Architecture) applied to SMA
- Comparative studies between agents and other paradigms
- Empirical and experimental studies in MAS
- Tools and environments to develop MAS
- Governance in MAS
- Methods to analyze and design MAS
- Agent-oriented software metrics
- Ontologies to MAS
- Security and privacy in MAS
- Quality of agent-oriented software
- MAS Testing
- Fault tolerance and exception handler in MAS
- Validation and verification of agent-oriented software
- Self -* for MAS (self-adaptation, self-organization, self-testing, ...)

Format and Submissions

The authors are invited to submit technical, original papers that should not have been published or submitted to other workshops, conferences, journals or book chapters. Papers should present novel ideas on the agent-oriented software engineering, criticism of existing work, or description of case studies and experiments which states the applicability of software engineering techniques on agent-oriented systems. Technical papers should be submitted according to the SBC format. The papers must not exceed 12 A4 pages. Submitted papers must be in Portable Document Format (PDF) or PostScript (PS) format and be written in Portuguese or English. More details about the submission process will be stated in the workshop website. Submitted papers will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Accepted papers will be published informally at the workshop page and the organizing committee is planning to publish it by using the PUC-Rio editorial. Furthermore, the publication of a paper is subject to the registration of at least one of its authors to present it in the workshop.

Organizing Committee

- Viviane Torres da Silva Silva (UFF, Brazil)
- Anarosa Brandão (USP, Brazil)
- Marcelo Blois (PUCRS, Brazil)
- Carlos Lucena (PUC-Rio, Brazil)


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Phase I
Until 31 aug

Phase II
Until 29 sept

Phase III
After 29 sept

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