4th International Workshop on  
Agent-based Computing for Enterprise Collaboration
Agent-Oriented Workflows and Services

Date: June 26-28, 2006
Location: The University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.
Deadline extended to February 24
Accepted Papers and agenda
Call for Papers
Submission of papers
Important dates
Program Committee

Accepted papers and agenda
The ACEC workshop will be held on Tuesday, 27 June 2006.

11.00 - 11.15 ACEC introduction

11.15 - 11.45 "Agent Interaction Protocols And Flexible Agent Interaction in Dynamic Environments", Usman Wajid, Nikolay Mehandjiev
11.45 - 12. 15 "A Multi-Agent Framework to Join DTV and Virtual Communities", Federico Bergenti, Lorenzo Lazzari, Agostino Poggi
12.15 - 12.45 "Supporting a territorial emergency scenario with Services and Agents", Giacomo Cabri, Francesco De Mola, Raffaele Quitadamo
12.45 - 13.00 Discussion

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 14.30 "WebService = E + F + I", Zakaria Maamar, Djamal Benslimane, Emad Batineh
14.30 - 15.00 "Multi-Dimensional Performance Framework for Enterprise Knowledge Infrastructures", Joe Bolinger, Jay Ramanathan

15.00 - 15.30 Discussion and workshop conclusions

The accepted papers and the agenda are online
The ACEC Web page is online

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 amoung 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.
This year, the Agent-based Computing for Enterprise Collaboration (ACEC) workshop will concentrate on two main themes:
- Agent Oriented Workflow
- Agent Oriented Services
These two themes have emerged as important in the past years at WETICE. Workflow is relevant to enterprises, and implies important issues related to collaboration. Workflow models incorporate the interaction between software mechanisms in addition to the organizational collaboration that takes place among human stakeholders. With the popularity and pervasivenes of services in the emerging digital world, enterprises must carefully evaluate how to make their services openly accessible. Furthermore, it is important for enterprises to learn how to exploit the services of others. In both of these contexts, software agents can play an important role.
ACEC 2006 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 agent mediation and management of services and/or products of on-line businesses.

Topics of interests include but are not limited to:
Agent Oriented Workflow
  • Agent-mediated workflow, supply chain, or virtual enterprises
  • Methodologies, languages and tools to support agent collaboration
  • Agent architectures and infrastructures for collaboration
  • Agent-based collaboration
  • Agent-based workflow applications
    Agent Oriented Services
  • Agent-based service architectures and infrastructures
  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based on agents
  • Services for agent collaboration
  • Agent-to-Human service interactions
  • Agent-mediated service integration

    Call for Papers
    TXT version

    Submission of papers
    Papers should contain original contributions not published or submitted elsewhere, and references to related state-of-theart 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 singlespaced, 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 Feb 10, 2006. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed 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):February 24, 2006
    Decision to paper authors: April 7, 2006
    Final version of accepted papers due to IEEE: May 26, 2006
    Advance Registration discount:June 2, 2006
    WETICE-2006: June 26-28, 2006
    Workshop Chairs' final reports due to IEEE: July 12, 2006

    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
    Associate 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
    Scott Cost, UMBC (USA)
    Rune Gustavsson, Blekinge Institute of Technology (Sweden)
    Zakaria Maamar, Zayed University (United Arab Emirates)
    Anita Raja, University of University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA)
    Anca Rarau, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Haibin Zhu, Nipissing University (Canada)