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CARE 2010 - The Second International Workshop on Collaborative Agents Research & Development

In conjunction with International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT).


Dr. Christian Guttmann


Dr. Frank Dignum

Utrecht University



31st August 2010.

Toronto, Canada.


8.35  –  8.45 - Welcome

8.45  –  9.10 - Multi-Agent Coalition Formation for Distributed Area Coverage: Analysis and Evaluation. 

Ke Cheng and Prithviraj Dasgupta

9.10  –  9.35 - Collaboration in Network-Centric Warfare - Modeling Joint Fire Support Teams.

Christian Gerstner, Robert Siegfried, and Nane Kratzke

09.35 – 10.00 - Isogonic Formation with Connectivity Preservation for a Team of Holo. Robots in a Cluttered Environment

Soheil Keshmiri and Shahram Payandeh

10.20  –  10.45 - E-Learning Computational Cloud (eLC2): Web Services Platform to Enhance Task Collaboration

Sidhant Rajam, Ruth Cortez, Alexander Vazhenin, and Subhash Bhalla

10.45 – 11.10 - Modeling Warehouse Logistics using Agent Organizations

Marcel Hiel, Huib Aldewereld, and Frank Digum

11.10– 11.35 - Enhancing Patient-Centered Palliative Care With Collaborative Agents

Ji Ruan, Wendy MacCaull, and Heather Jewers

11.35– 12.00 - Intelligent Adherence Support to Manage Contractual Relationships

Christian Guttmann, Kumari Wickramasinghe, Ian Edward Thomas, Michael Georgeff, and Heinz Schmidt




Collaboration is required when multiple agents achieve complex goals that are difficult or impossible to attain for an individual agent. This collaboration takes place under conditions of incomplete information, uncertainty, and bounded rationality, much of which has been previously studied in economics and artificial intelligence. However, many real world domains are characterised by even greater complexity, including the possibility of unreliable and non-complying collaborators, complex market and incentive frameworks, and complex transaction costs and organisational structures. This workshop's thematic focus is on collaborative and autonomous agents that plan, negotiate, coordinate, and act under this complexity.


This workshop aims to foster discussions on computational models of collaboration in distributed systems, addressing a range of theoretical and practical issues. We seek contributions of members in research and industry that use the agent paradigm to approach their problems.



  • Wei Chen (Intelligent Automation, Inc., United States of America)

  • Philippe Pasquier (Simon Fraser University, Canada)

  • Michael Luck (King's College London, United Kingdom)

  • Lawrence Cavedon (NICTA and RMIT University, Australia)

  • Samin Karim (Accenture, Australia)

  • Cees Witteveen (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)

  • Franziska Klügl (Örebro University, Sweden)

  • Toby Walsh (NICTA and UNSW, Australia)

  • Cristiano Castelfranchi (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy)

  • Alexander Pokahr (University Hamburg, Germany)

  • Lars Brauchbach (University Hamburg, Germany)

  • Wayne Wobcke (University of New South Wales, Australia)

  • Rainer Unland (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

  • Liz Sonenberg (Melbourne University, Australia) 

  • Kumari Wickramasinghe (Monash University, Australia) 

  • Simon Thompson (British Telecom Research Laboratories, United Kingdom)

  • Gord McCalla (University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

  • Andrew Gilpin (Hg Analytics, United States of America) 

  • David Morley (SRI International, United States of America)

  • Marcelo Blois Ribeiro (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

  • Simon Goss (Defence Science and Technology Organisation DSTO, Australia)




CARE is of interest to an academic and industrial research community that uses and extends AI and multi-agent systems. This edition's topics of interest include with no limitation:

  • How to enable agents to form and follow joint agreements and contracts in complex organisational and market driven domains?

  • How to develop a comprehensive contractual? formation/maintenance framework applicable to many application domains?

  • How to build comprehensive customer lifecycle management systems for customers, including telecommunication consumers, students and patients?

  • How to deploy lifecycle management systems in real world applications, such as healthcare, telecommunication, and smart campuses?

  • How to design markets that are adequate for agents to act with incomplete and uncertain information of the behaviour of collaborating agents?

  • How to build MAS that work efficiently in partially regulated markets (where governance policy or partnership agreements govern part of the market)?

  • What are the implications of partial regulation on the management of contractual relationships and service delivery?

  • How organisational structures influence the negotiation of agents and the distribution/execution of tasks?

  • How to cope with collaborators that exhibit unreliable and non-conformant behaviour, eg where agreements are made but are not always conformed with?

  • How can interventions and incentive structures assist in managing contractual relationships and service delivery?

  • How to assign transaction costs to actions in planning, assignment, and execution in organisational structures?

  • How can transaction costs influence the social outcome of the system which is further influenced by the organisational context under which the collaboration takes place?

  • Can lessons learnt in game theoretic computation inform collaborative agent settings?

  • What role does learning and adaptivity play in building organisational MAS?

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