Tenth International Workshop "Engineering Societies in the Agents' World" (ESAW 2009)



Software agents and multi-agent systems are recognised as both useful abstractions and effective technologies for the modelling and building of complex distributed applications. However, little has been done with regard to effective and methodical development of complex software systems in terms of multi-agent societies. An urgent need exists for novel approaches to software modelling and software engineering that enable the successful deployment of software systems made up of a massive number of autonomous components, and that allow to control and predict their behaviour. It is very likely that such innovations will exploit lessons from a variety of different scientific disciplines, such as sociology, economics, organisation \science, modern thermodynamics, and biology.

ESAW 2009 will be devoted to the discussion of technologies, methodologies and models for the engineering of complex applications based on MAS, and aims at bringing together researchers and contributions from both within and outside the Agents’ field - from Software Engineering, Distributed Systems, Social Sciences, and others -, so as to promote cross-fertilisation among different research areas. By focusing on the social aspects of MAS, ESAW 2009 concentrates on the space of agent interaction, rather than on intra-agent issues, and on the technology and methodology issues rather than on the pure theoretical aspects.

Following successful editions since 2000, this 10th edition of ESAW remains committed to the use of the notion of multi-agent systems as seed for animated, constructive, and highly inter-disciplinary discussions about technologies, methodologies, and tools for the engineering of complex distributed applications. While the workshop places an emphasis on practical engineering issues and applications, it also welcomes theoretical, philosophical, and empirical contributions, provided that they clearly document their connection to the core applied issues.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • analysis, design, development and verification of agent societies

  • modelling of complex distributed systems with agents and societies

  • institutions, organisations, and open multi-agent systems

  • norms, reputation, security, and trust in agents societies

  • interaction/coordination patterns in agent societies

  • engineering of social intelligence in multi-agent systems

  • self-adapting, self-organising, and self-regulating agent societies

  • agent societies and multi-agent systems in games

  • simulation of societies using multi-agent systems


  • Submission Deadline: June 12, 2009

  • Acceptance/Rejection Notification: July 10, 2009

  • Revised Papers for Workshop Notes: August 4, 2009


To be announced.


The ESAW proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNAI series and will be directly available at the workshop.

Papers should not exceed 16 pages and should be formatted according to the Springer LNAI guidelines (http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-7-72376-0).


  • Huib Aldewereld (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Virginia Dignum (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Gauthier Picard (École Nationale Supériere des Mines de Saint-Étienne, France)


  • Marie-Pierre Gleizes, (IRIT Universite Paul Sabatier, France)
  • Andrea Omicini, (DEIS Universita di Bologna, Italy)
  • Paolo Petta, (Austrian Research Institute for AI, Austria)
  • Jeremy Pitt, (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Robert Tolksdorf, (Free University of Berlin, Germany)
  • Franco Zambonelli, (Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)


  • Alexander Artrikis (NCSR “Demokritos”, Greece)
  • Federico Bergenti, (Universita di Parma, Italy)
  • Holger Billhardt (Universita Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
  • Guido Boella, (Universita degli Studi di Torino, Italy)
  • Olivier Boissier, (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris, France)
  • Tibor Bosse (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Jeff Bradshaw, (IHMC, USA)
  • Cristiano Castelfranchi, (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
  • Luca Cernuzzi, (Universidad Catolica “Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion”, Paraguay)
  • Rem Collier, (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Mehdi Dastani, (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Paul Davidsson, (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden)
  • Yves Demazeau (IMAG, France)
  • Jurriaan van Diggelen (TNO, The Netherlands)
  • Frank Dignum (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Oguz Dikenelli, (Ege University, Turkey)
  • Paolo Giorgini (University of Trento, Italy)
  • Davide Grossi (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Paul Feltovich, (IHMC, USA)
  • Nicoletta Fornara (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland)
  • Anthony Karageorgos, (University of Thessaly, Greece)
  • Eric Matson (Purdue University, USA)
  • Simon Miles (King’s College London, UK)
  • Tim Miller, (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Sascha Ossowski, (Univesidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain)
  • Julian Padget, (University of Bath, UK)
  • Juan Pavon Mestras, (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
  • Loris Penserini (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Alessandro Ricci, (Universita di Bologna, Italy)
  • Birna van Riemsdijk (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
  • Juan Antonio Rodriguez Aguilar, (IIIA, Spain)
  • Jaime Simão Sichman (University of São Paolo, Brazil)
  • Leon Van der Torre, (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
  • Jon Tranier (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
  • Wamberto Vasconcelos, (University of Aberdeeen, UK)
  • Laurent Vercouter (École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne, France)
  • Mirko Viroli, (Universita di Bologna, Italy)
  • Danny Weyns, (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
  • Pinar Yolum, (Bogazici University, Turkey)

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.comses.net/events/47/