2nd International Workshop on  
Agent-based Computing for Enterprise Collaboration

Date: June 14-16, 2004
Location: University of Modena, Italy
Report of the workshop
Accepted Papers and agenda
Call for Papers
Submission of papers
Important dates
Program Committee

Report of the workshop
report slides of the workshop are available.

Accepted papers and agenda
The ACEC workshop will be held on Monday, 14 June 2004.

10.30 - 11.00: Ismail Khalil-Ibrahim, Gabriele Kotsis, Reinhard Kronsteiner, Substitution Rules for the Verification of Norm-Compliance in Electronic Institutions.
11.00 - 11.30: Giacomo Cabri, Luca Ferrari, Letizia Leonardi, Towards the Use of Mobile Agent Based Message Systems.
11.30 - 12.00: Antonella Di Stefano, Corrado Santoro, Designing Collaborative Agents with eXAT.
12.00 - 12.30: Discussion on presented papers

1.30 - 2.00: Federico Bergenti, Marco Mari and Mercedes Garijo, Collaborator - Enabling Enterprise Collaboration through Agents.
2.00 - 2.30: A.M. Abdoessalam and N. Mehandjiev, Collaborative Negotiation in Web Service Procurement.
2.30 - 3.00: Franco Guidi-Polanco, Claudio Cubillos, The Agent-Based GAP: a Framework for Global Automation Systems.
3.00 - 3.30 Sentil Selliah, Ramana Reddy, Jinqiao Yu, Vijay Bharadwaj, Sumitra Reddy, Eksarva: A Framework for Enabling Agent-Based Collaboration.
3.30 - 4.00: Break
4.00 - 4.30: David P. Heroux, Illuminating Data Sources as Founts of Agent based Collaboration.
4.30 - 5.00: Dario Bianchi and Agostino Poggi, Ontology Based Automatic Speech Recognition and Generation for Human-Agent Interaction.
5.00 - 5.30: Discussion on presented papers
5.30 - 6.30: Wrap-up of the workshop and future directions

We are exploring the possibility of publishing extended versions of WETICE best papers in a journal. Currently we are in contact with the IEEE Transactions of Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. It will be confirmed soon.

The autonomy and intelligence of software agents have greatly enhanced automation in many operational domains. A major benefit of using agents is the ability to assist in the collaboration of humans and software mechanisms, alike. Agent-enacted collaboration can be extremely helpful in areas such as Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Workflow and Supply Chain Management, Automation in Virtual Enterprises, and Automated Distributed Component Composition. The purpose of this workshop is to explore research where protocols for agent control can benefit these domains of collaboration. We also are interested in work that explores competition among agents that interact.

This workshop on Agent-based Computing for Enterprise Collaboration (ACEC 2004) is a continuation of an earlier workshop at WETICE 2003 held in Linz, Austria. ACEC 2004 intends to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the key issues, approaches, open problems, innovative applications, and trends in this research area. We enthusiastically solicit papers that address agentmediation and management of services and/or products of on-line businesses.

Topics of interests include but are not limited to:
Agent Computing for Collaborative Electronic Markets
  • Agent-mediated workflow, supply chain, or virtual enterprises
  • Agent-based collaboration and communication languages
  • Methodologies, languages and tools to support agent collaboration
  • Software agent architectures for B2B or B2C collaboration
  • Industrial applications using agents for on-line collaboration
  • Incorporation of Agents in B2B document and interchange standards
  • Protocols and modeling for Agent-mediated collaboration
  • Applications for integrating e-markets, Internet, etc.
    Agent-to-Human Collaboration
  • Interface or Middle Agents to Support Business Collaboration
  • HCI Design issues for Collaborative Agents
  • New Paradigms for Agent-to-Human Interactions
  • Industrial applications using proxy agents in Enterprise Collaboration

    Call for Papers
    PDF version

    Submission of papers
    Papers should contain original contributions not published or submitted elsewhere, and references to related state-of-the-art work. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their papers at the workshop. Papers up to six pages (including figures, tables and references) can be submitted. Papers should follow the
    IEEE format, which is single-spaced, two columns, 10pt Times/Roman font. Papers should include a title, the name and affiliation of each author, an abstract of up to 150 words and no more than eight keywords.

    Please submit papers, in PDF or PS format, to either of the Co-Chairs of the Program Committee by March 12, 2004. All submitted papers will be peerreviewed by a minimum of three program committee members. The accepted papers and the summary report produced by each group will be published in the post-conference proceedings (to be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press).

    If you have further questions or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact the workshop organizers.

    Important dates
    Deadline for paper submission (EXTENDED):March 12, 2004
    Decision to paper authors (EXTENDED): April 16, 2004
    Final version of accepted papers due to IEEE: May 21, 2004
    WETICE-2004: June 14-16, 2004
    Workshop Chairs' final reports due to IEEE: July 2, 2004

    Dr. Federico Bergenti
    Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni
    Parco Area delle Scienze 181/A
    43100 Parma, Italy
    E-mail: bergenti@ce.unipr.it
    Tel.: +39 0521 905708
    Fax: +39 0521 905723

    Dr. M. Brian Blake
    Assistant Professor
    Dept of Computer Science
    Georgetown University
    234 Reiss Science Building
    Washington, DC 20057
    Phone: (202) 687-3084
    Fax: (703) 883-1917
    Lead Software System Engineer Consultant
    Center for Advanced Aviation System Development
    The MITRE Corporation (CAASD)
    7515 Colshire Drive N420
    McLean, VA 22102
    (703) 883-7894


    Dr. Giacomo Cabri
    Ph.D., Research Associate
    Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione
    Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia - Italia
    e-mail giacomo.cabri@unimo.it
    tel. +39-059-2056190
    fax +39-059-2056129

    Program Committee
    Jorge Cardoso, University of Madeira (P)
    Scott Cost, UMBC (USA)
    Maria Gini, University of Minnesota (USA)
    Rune Gustavsson, Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden)
    Srinivas Krovvidy, Fannie Mae Corporation (USA)
    Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University (United Arab Emirates)
    Mark Matthews, The MITRE Corporation (USA)
    Bruce McLaren, Carnegie Mellon University (USA)
    Jörg Müller, Siemens (D)
    Terry Payne, University of Southampton (UK)
    Paolo Petta, OEFAI (Austria)
    Anita Raja, University of University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA)
    Omer Rana, University of Cardiff (UK)
    Anca Rarau, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Tom Wagner, Honeywell Labs (USA)