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CARE 2014 -The Fifth International Workshop on Collaborative Agents Research & Development

CARE for Intelligent Mobile Services

In conjunction with the 13th International Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2014)


Dr. Fernando Koch

Samsung Research Institute Brazil


Dr. Felipe Meneguzzi

Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUC-RS)




Dr. Christian Guttmann

IBM Research -- Australia


Dr. Frank Dignum

Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands


Dr. Michael Luck

King's College, London University, UK



Monday May 5th, 2014

Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center, 17 Boulevard Saint Jacques,  

Room: St Germain des près A

Paris, France 


Session 1 - Keynote & Tutorial


09.00 - 09.30 KEYNOTE – “Reasoning about information use and mis-use”, Dr Nir Oren, University of Aberdeen.

Open multi-agent systems (MASs) can contain both benevolent and malicious agents, belonging to various organisations. The ad-hoc nature of such  MASs means that communication often takes place in a peer-to-peer manner (particularly when considering mobile agents), with one agent asking another to forward a message to a third. In such situations, a malicious agent might abuse the information encoded in a message, to the detriment of the message sender. If we assume that the benevolence or maliciousness of agents can be determined (e.g., via a trust and reputation system), then an agent within such a network faces the problem of identifying what messages it should propagate through which communication links in order to maximise its own utility. We note also that such an agent’s utility can depend on malicious agents acting on mis-information by the agent, as exemplified within military settings where false intelligence fed to an enemy is a desirable outcome. In this talk we will describe the domain, decision problem and solution, and then suggest some areas for future investigation.


09.30 - 10.30 TUTORIAL - "On Social Apps and Intelligent Mobile Services", Fernando Koch, Director R&D, SAMSUNG Research Institute.


Dr. Koch will be presenting the potential of mobile devices, social networks, and “collective thinking” to generate direct engagement of citizens and communities in urban problems. A basic premise is to create a multi-disciplinary and investigative approach to promote citizen participation, community engagement, social network, and inclusion, addressing pressing social matters. The tutorial exploits how to design and operation mobile services that, for example, let citizens annotate city issues from different domains (e.g. sustainability, maintenance, disease vectors, etc), providing basic classification of “what” is the problem. The solution must also consider the human signals generated during the application interaction, which allows to “how” the issue is being reported. Finally, it must also consider the social impact of the reports, to analyse “what is the social influence” in the community. The solutions have both practical and critical results, leading to new thinking of the role of mobile computing and agent technology in social affairs. 


Session 2 - SHORT PAPERS


  • 11.00 - 11.05 Opening

  • 11.05 - 11.25 Artur Freitas, Daniela Schmidt, Alison Panisson, Rafael Bordini, Felipe Meneguzzi & Renata Vieira.Integrating Multi-Agent Systems in JaCaMo using a Semantic Representation.

  • 11.25 - 11.45 Cristiano Maciel, Patricia Souza, Jose Viterbo, Fabiana Mendes and Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni. A Multi-Agent Architecture to Support Ubiquitous Applications in Smart Environments.

  • 11.45 - 12.05 Yuya Murata, Gaku Yamamoto and Takao Terano. Computing Your Marathon Ranking as a Testbedfor Agent-Based Mobile Systems

  • 12.05 - 12.15 Closing


Session 3 - FULL PAPERS


  • 14.00 - 14.05 Opening

  • 14.05 - 14.30 Sergio Alvarez-Napagao, Arturo Tejeda, Luis Oliva, Dario Garcia-Gasulla, Victor Codina & JavierVazquez. Urban context detection and context-aware recommendation via networks of Humans as Sensors

  • 14.30 - 14.55 Gabriel De O. Ramos, Ricardo Grunitzki and Ana L. C. Bazzan. On improving route choice through learning automata.

  • 14.55 - 15.20 Carlos Rolim, Anubis Rossetto, Valderi Leithardt, Guilherme Borges, Tatiana Santos, Adriano Souza and Cláudio Geyer. Towards Predictive Routing Agents in Opportunistic Networks.

  • 15.20 - 15.30 Discussion and Closing


Session 4 - Dangerous and Crazy Ideas


  • 16.00 - 18.00 Crazy Ideas - Pitches & Q&A

Koch, F.L., Meneguzzi, F., Lakkaraju K. (2014), Agent Technology for Intelligent Mobile Services and Smart Societies. Communication in Computer and Information Systems, Vol 498, Pub Springer. 127 pp, ISBN 978-3-662-46240-9.



The thematic focus of this year's workshop is "CARE for Intelligent Mobile Services". The dream of intelligent mobile services that assist people during their day-to-day activities in homes, offices, and health care facilities is compelling. Many software companies, consumer electronics, and telecommunication providers place intelligent mobile services boldly on their industry roadmap, and now face big challenges in creating an infrastructure for mobile services that are simple, quiet, invisible, unobtrusive, and collaborative. In this workshop, the application domains include (but are not limited to): Collaborative Intelligent Mobile Services, Context Inference, and Social Connectedness. How can we create computational models, representations, algorithms and protocols to enable the next generation of intelligent mobile services? What are the new challenges when Service Computing becomes mobile? What new functionalities and effectiveness can make use of collaborative models in mobile services?


"CARE for Intelligent Mobile Services" aims to discuss computational models of collaboration that contribute to increasing the quality of mobile and collaborative services, including teamwork, coordination, distributed planning, context awareness, and social analytics. These solutions will address challenging problems in e.g. team coordination, health, education, and security. CARE 2014 is a thematic extension of previous CARE workshops, particularly of the theme of CARE 2013 "Smarter Society" where mobile technology approaches have become more prominent . It is a well-attended workshop, with a good number of quality submissions. Revised and selected papers are planned to be published with Springer.


The one day workshop will feature a mixture of invited talks, discussions and submitted contributions describing current work or work in progress in collaborative agent research and technology. The workshop environment fosters open discussions among all participants, particularly encouraging students to discuss their research topics and seek feedback from senior agent researchers.


The workshop plan is to include a tutorial on "On Social Apps and Intelligent Mobile Services", by Dr Fernando Koch, Director R&D, SAMSUNG Research Institute.



  • Sherif Abdallah, British University

  • Priscilla Avegliano, IBM Research    

  • Sergio Borger, IBM Research

  • Carlos Cardonha, IBM Research

  • Frank Dignum, Utrecht University

  • Andrew Koster, SAMSUNG Research Institute

  • Michael Luck, King's College London

  • David Morley, SRI International

  • Sascha Ossowski, University Rey Juan Carlos

  • Fabio Piva, SAMSUNG Research Institute

  • Jan Richter, IBM Research    

  • Onn Shehory, IBM Research

  • Kent Steer, IBM Research

  • Ingo J. Timm, University of Trier

  • M. Birna Van Riemsdijk, TU Delft

  • Neil Yorke-Smith, American University of Beirut

  • Wayne Wobcke, University of New South Wales




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 apply agents for the next generation of Intelligent Mobile Services and Social Connectedness?

  • How to build a model of the features of individuals and groups in Mobile Service Environments?

  • How to construct agent-based models equipped to better perform in Mobile Service Environments?

  • What are the new challenges when Service Computing becomes mobile?

  • How can we support/guide collaborative teams in scenarios like Teamwork, Group Coordination, Group Interaction, and others?

  • How to build an effective monitoring-recognition-intervention framework in mobile services?

  • How organization structures influence social behavior and the distribution/execution of tasks?

  • How can we enable flexible, goal-driven and contextualised plan creation and business process management (including intelligent execution, monitoring, management, and optimization of business processes)?

  • How can we support/guide collaborative teams. How can we offer flexibility in how teams execute plans?

  • How to enable agents to form and follow joint agreements, guidelines and contracts in complex organizational and market driven domains (agreement adherence)?

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

  • How to enable an effective communication infrastructure for collaborative care (possibly including humans and agents)?

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

  • How can we make individuals encourage to perform activities to stay on-track and achieve desired outcomes in mobile groups?

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

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