Thematic tracks

Multi-agent Systems: theory and applications

Since 1993, the field of Multi­-Agent Systems (MAS) has been present in all EPIA Conferences, either as individual tracks or as autonomous workshops. Focusing on a fundamental subject of Artificial Intelligence, the 8th edition of Multi­-Agent Systems: Theory and Applications – MASTA’15 Thematic Track, will be a forum for presenting and discussing the most recent and innovative work on MAS.

Departing, from the end of the 1980’s, from the two main branches of Decentralized Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Problem Solving, research on MAS has developed in areas of increasing specialization and autonomy as diverse as agent theories and architectures, cognitive modelling, coordination, negotiation and argumentation, social organization and social simulation, swarm intelligence, and agent-­oriented programming.

Agent technology has been used to solve real-­world problems in a range of industrial and commercial applications, including manufacturing, supply chain management, process control, telecommunications, air traffic control, transportation systems, and business process management.


Topics of Interest

General topics of interest include, but are not limited to: ­

  • Agent Theories, Architectures and Languages
  • Cognitive Models, including Emotions and Philosophies ­
  • Formal Methods for Modelling Agents and MAS ­
  • Cooperation, Coordination and Teamwork ­
  • Automated Negotiation and Computational Argumentation ­
  • Multi­-Agent Evolution, Adaptation and Learning
  • Trust, Reliability and Reputation in MAS ­
  • Communication: Languages, Semantics, Protocols and Conversations ­
  • Artificial Social Systems ­ Agent­Based Applications ­
  • Multi­-Agent Simulation and Modelling ­
  • Multi­-Agent Planning and Scheduling ­
  • Norms and Institutions in MAS ­
  • Ethical and Legal issues raised by Agents and MAS ­
  • Privacy, Safety and Security ­
  • Social and Organizational Structure ­
  • Formal Methods for Modelling Agent-Based Systems ­
  • Scalability and Performance of MAS ­
  • Modelling the Dynamics of MAS ­
  • Emergent Behaviour from MAS ­
  • Industrial and Commercial Applications ­
  • Agent-­based Systems Interoperability


Reasons of interest

Research on MAS has a vigorous, exciting tradition and has led to important theories and systems. However, new trends and concerns are still emerging and form the basis of current and future research. This thematic track is intended to provide a discussion forum on the most recent and innovative work in all areas of MAS.

The unifying focus of the thematic track will be on methodological aspects. Both theoretical and practical research should be situated in the context of existing or new methodologies. This will not preclude any specific topic, but preference will be given to research work that establishes some connection with the methodological aspects or to successful applications built upon some methodology.


Paper submission

Submissions must be original and not published elsewhere. Papers should not exceed twelve (12) pages in length and must adhere to the formatting instructions of the conference. Each submission will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the Program Committee. The reviewing process is double blind, so authors should remove names and affiliations from the submitted papers, and must take reasonable care to assure anonymity during the review process. References to own work may be included in the paper, as long as referred to in the third person. Acceptance will be based on the paper’s significance, technical quality, clarity, relevance and originality.


Paper Publication

All accepted papers will be published by Springer in a volume of the LNAI-Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series (indexed by the Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge). The number of pages of the accepted contributions has the following limits:

  • Full Regular Papers: Contributions accepted as full papers should contain from 10 to 12 pages in its final version, according to the LNAI series formatting instructions. Extraordinarily, other two additional pages could be considered with a supplementary fee.
  • Short Papers: Contributions accepted as short papers should contain from 4 to 6 pages in its final version, according to the LNAI series formatting instructions.

All accepted papers must be presented orally the conference by one of the authors and at least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference.


Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: March 23, 2015
Notification of paper acceptance: 27, April, 2015
Camera-ready papers due: 1, June, 2015
Conference dates: September 8-11, 2015


Track Chairs

Ana Paula Rocha
LIACC – Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Lab, Department of Informatics Engineering, Faculty of Engineering – University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Email: arocha (at)
Jomi Fred Hubner
Department of Automation and Systems, Federal University Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brasil
E­mail: jomi.hubner (at)
Jordi Sabater Mir
IIIA­CSIC, Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain
E­mail: jsabater (at)
­Luis Moniz
Department of Informatics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
Email: lmmoniz (at)
Pedro Henriques Abreu
CISUC – Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Email: pha (at)


Programme Committee

Alessandra Alaniz Macedo,São Paulo University, Brazil
António Castro, LIACC, Portugal
António Carlos da Rocha Costa, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil
Brigida Mónica Faria, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
Carlos Carrascosa, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Cesar Analide, Minho University, Portugal
Daniel Castro Silva, Porto University, Portugal
Didac Busquets, Imperial College London, UK
Eugénio Oliveira, Porto University, Portugal
Felipe Meneguzzi, Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Francisco Grimaldo, Universidad de Valencia, Spain
Frank Dignum, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Helder Coelho, Lisbon University, Portugal
Henrique Lopes Cardoso, Porto University, Portugal
Jaime Sichmann, São Paulo University, Brazil
Javier Carbó, Universidad Carlos III, Spain
Joana Urbano, Instituto Superior Miguel Torga, Portugal
João Balsa, Lisbon University, Portugal
Laurent Vercouter, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-tienne, France
Luis Correia, Lisbon University, Portugal
Luis Macedo, Coimbra University, Portugal
Luis Paulo Reis, Minho University, Portugal
Manuel Filipe Santos, Minho University, Portugal
Maria Fasli, University of Essex, United Kingdom
Michael Schumacher, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland, Switzerland
Márcia Ito, São Paulo Faculty of Technology, Brazil
Nicoletta Fornara, University of Lugano, Switzerland
Nuno Lau, Aveiro University, Portugal
Olivier Boisser, ENS Mines Saint-Etienne, France
Pablo Noriega, IIIA-CSIC, Spain
Paulo Trigo, Superior Institute of Engineering of Lisbon, Portugal
Paulo Urbano, Lisbon University, Portugal
Rafael Bordini, Pontif¡cia Universidade Cat¢lica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Ramón Hermoso, University of Zaragoza, Spain
Rosaldo Rossetti, Porto University, Portugal
Virginia Dignum, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Viviane Torres Da Silva, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
Wamberto Vasconcelos, University of Aberdeen, UK