CARE 2015 - The Sixth International Workshop on Collaborative Agents Research & Development

CARE Social Apps & Ubiquitous Computing

In conjunction with the 14th International Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2015). 


Dr. Fernando Koch ^

Samsung Research Institute Brazil


Dr. Christian Guttmann

UNSW, Australia & IVBAR, Sweden & Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Koch, F.L., Guttmann, C., Busquets, D. (2015), Advances in Social Computing and Multiagent Systems. Communications in Computer and Information Systems, Vol 541, Pub Springer. 203 pp, ISBN 978-3-319-24803-5.


Monday May 4th, 2015

AAMAS 2015 - Istanbul Congress Center



14.00 - 14.05 Opening

14.05 - 14.45 Distinguished Speaker


"Social Apps and Ubiquitous Computing"

Fernando Koch^ 

Director R&D, Samsung Research Institute 


In this lecture, we will entice the audience to think of mobile media technologies as a tool to connect people. We must exploit the potential of mobile devices, social networks, and collective thinking to generate direct engagement. The basic premises are natural interactions, fluid interfaces, invisible computing, contextualization, and personalization. For that, we must promoe a multi-disciplinary and investigative approach to think about social-centered experiences. 



14.50 - 15.15 Matthias Gaciarz, Samir Aknine and Bhouri Neila. Automated Negotiation for Traffic Regulation.

15.15 - 15.40 Yan Kong, Minjie Zhang and Dayong Ye. A Belief Propagation-based Method for Task Allocation in Open and Dynamic Environments.

15.40 - 16.05 Mehdi Farhangian, Martin Purvis, Maryam Purvis and Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu. Modeling the Effects of Personality on Team Formation Using Crowdsourcing Platforms.

16.05 - 16.30 Hugo Paredes, Hugo Fernandes, André Sousa, Fernando Koch, Renata Fortes, Vitor Filipe and Joao Barroso. Exploring smart environments through human computation for enhancing blind .

16.30 - 16.50 Break



16.50 - 17.05 Nader Hanna, Debora Richards. The Influence of Users' Personality on the Perception of Intelligent Virtual Agents' Personality within a Collaborative Context.

17.05 - 17.20 Eduardo Oliveira, Fernando Koch and Michael Kirley. Towards a Middleware for Context-Aware Health Monitoring.

17.20 - 17.35 Mehdi Farhangian, Martin Purvis, Maryam Purvis and Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu. The Effects of Temperament and Team Formation Mechanism on Collaborative Learning of Knowledge and Skill in Short-Term Projects



17.40 - 18.00 Crazy Ideas Session

18.25 - 18.30 Closing words



"CARE for Social Apps and Ubiquitous Computing" aims to discuss computational models of innovative social computing. Social Apps aim to promote social connectedness, user friendliness through natural interfaces,contextualisation, personalisation, and the ideal of invisible computing.


We seek contributions of members in the industry and applied research in academia. The contributions shall apply AI and agent technology, including distributed AI, situatedness, local interaction, user profiling, social simulation, and others. The application domains include (not an exhaustive list): smart education, urban intelligence, emergency scenarios, continuous healthcare, coordination of large events, intelligent transportation, and others.


Collaborative Services offer promising tools to understand, model, and influence complex behaviour, groupbehaviour, and the impact of micro-macro actions upon the system. Collaborative Agent Models are instrumental to create models of social behaviour that are impossible to attain by either applying individual agents or high-level mathematical models. The 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 organisation structures.


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.





  • Priscilla Avegliano, IBM Research Brazil

  • Carlos Cardonha, IBM Research Brazil

  • Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni, LIP6 - University of Pierre and Marie Curie

  • Artur Silva Da Cunha Freitas, PUCRS

  • Andrew Koster, Samsung Research Institute

  • Cristiano Maciel, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso

  • Felipe Meneguzzi, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

  • Luis Oliva Technical, University of Catalonia (UPC)

  • Eduardo Oliveira, The University of Melbourne

  • Tiago Primo, Samsung Research Institute

  • Gabriel De O. Ramos, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

  • Carlos Rolim, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS

  • Liz Sonenberg, The University of Melbourne

  • Kent C. B. Steer, IBM Research Australia

  • Takao Terano, Tokyo Institute of Technology

  • Ingo J. Timm, University of Trier

  • Jose Viterbo, UFF

  • Gaku Yamamoto, IBM Software Group




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 Social Apps and Ubiquitous computing scenarios, including Ambient Intelligence, Urban Intelligence, Regulation of Social Behaviour, Collaborative Tasks, and others?

  • How to build a model of the features of individuals and groups in Social Apps environments?

  • How to construct agent-based models equipped to better perform in Social Apps environment?

  • How to construct agent-based models of social behaviour, aiming to understand, model, and influence complex behaviour, group behaviour, and the impact of micro-macro actions upon the system?

  • How can we make team members follow agreed procedures (Incentives? Or more fundamental, by designing a new market?)

  • How to build an effective monitoring-recognition-intervention framework in Social Apps?

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

  • How can we make team members follow agreed procedures? Incentives? Or more fundamental, by designing a new market?

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

  • How can adherence and variation be achieved under uncertain and incomplete information (comprehensive formation/maintenance framework)?

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

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