Third International Workshop on
Argumentation in Multi-Agent Systems (ArgMAS 2006)

8 May 2006, Future University, Hakodate, Japan
In Conjunction with AAMAS 2006

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Argumentation can be abstractly defined as the interaction of different arguments for and against some conclusion. Over the last few years, argumentation has been gaining increasing importance in multi-agent systems, mainly as a vehicle for facilitating "rational interaction" (i.e., interaction which involves the giving and receiving of reasons). This is because argumentation provides tools for designing, implementing and analysing sophisticated forms of interaction among rational agents. Argumentation has made solid contributions to the practice of multi-agent dialogues. Application domains include: legal disputes, business negotiation, labor disputes, team formation, scientific inquiry, deliberative democracy, ontology reconciliation, risk analysis, scheduling, and logistics. A single agent may also use argumentation techniques to perform its individual reasoning because it needs to make decisions under complex preferences policies, in a highly dynamic environment.

This workshop builds on two successful workshops:

  • ArgMAS 2005 held in conjunction with AAMAS 2005, at Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands (attracted 31 participants)
  • ArgMAS 2004 held in conjunction with AAMAS 2004, at Columbia University, New York, USA (attracted 20 participants)
The workshop will be concerned with the use of the concepts, theories, methodologies, and computational models of argumentation in building autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. The workshop will solicit papers looking at both theory and practice. In particular, the workshop aims at bridging the gap between the vast amount of work on argumentation theory and the practical needs of multi-agent systems research.

The workshop will be co-located with the fourth international conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems AAMAS 2006.


We solicit papers dealing with, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Computational models for argumentation
  • Argumentation-based decision making
  • Argumentation-based joint deliberation
  • Argumentation-based persuasion
  • Argumentation-based inquiry
  • Argumentation-based negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Argumentation and risk assessment
  • Argumentation for legal reasoning
  • Argumentation for electronic democracy
  • Argumentation for coordination, cooperation and team formation
  • Argumentation and game theory in multi-agent systems
  • Human-agent argumentation
  • Argumentation and preferences modelling
  • Strategic behaviour in argument-based dialogues
  • Deception, trust, reputation in argument-based interaction
  • Computational complexity of argumentation dialogues
  • Properties of argumentation dialogues (termination, success, etc.)
  • Hybrid argumentation-based models
  • Implemented argumentation-based multi-agent systems
  • New application areas


  • 09:00am-10:30am
    • A Generalization of Dung's Abstract Frameowork for Argumentation: Arguing with Sets of Attacking Arguments
      Soren Holbech Nielsen, and Simon Parsons
    • Towards an Argument Interchange Format for Multiagent Systems
      Steven Willmott, Gerard Vreeswijk, Matthew South, Carlos Chesnevar, Guillermo Simari, Jarred McGinis, Iyad Rahwan, Chris Reed, and Sanjay Modgil
    • PANEL DISCUSSION: "The Argument Interchange Format"
  • 10:30am-11:00am
  • 11:00am-12:30pm
    • Managing Social Influences Through Argumentation-Based Negotiation
      Nishan C. Karunatillake, Nicholas R. Jennings, Iyad Rahwan and Sarvapali D. Ramchurn
    • Argumentation-based Learning
      Taro Fukumoto and Hajime Sawamura
    • Arguments and Counterexamples in Case-based Deliberation
      Santiago Ontanon and Enric Plaza
  • 12:30pm-02:00pm
  • 02:00pm-03:30pm
    • Argumentation and Persuasion in the Cognitive Coherence Theory
      Philippe Pasquier, Iyad Rahwan, Frank Dignum and Liz Sonenberg
    • An Argumentation-Based Approach for Dialogue Move Selection
      Leila Amgoud and Nabil Hameurlain
    • Lose Lips Sink Ships, a Heuristic for Argumentation
      Nir Oren, Timothy J. Norman, and Alun Preece
  • 03:30pm-04:00pm
  • 04:00pm-05:30pm
    • Strategic and Tactic Reasoning for Communicating Agents
      Jamal Bentahar, Mohamed Mbarki, and Bernard Moulin
    • POSITION PAPER: A Framework for Learning Argumentation Strategies
      Chukwuemeka David Emele, Frank Guerin, Timothy J. Norman, and Pete Edwards
    • PANEL DISCUSSION: "Strategies in Argumentation and Dialogue"

Important Dates

Note that the dates are fixed by the AAMAS conference:
Submission Deadline: 1 Feb 2006
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 19 Feb 2006
Camera Ready Due: 12 Mar 2006
Workshop: 8 May 2006


The proceedings of ArgMAS will be printed and distributed at the workshop.

As we did for ArgMAS 2004 and ArgMAS 2005, is planned to publish revised versions of the accepted full papers in an edited book as part of the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. This publication would have an ISBN number, and would be available both in printed form, as well as electronically on the SpringerLink online library.

Submission Procedure

Contributors may submit either full papers (no longer than 5000 words, not including figures) or a two page position statement that outlines their interests, background, and discussion of an aspect of the workshop theme.

Authors are encouraged to submit their papers in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) style, since this will be the format required for the planned post-proceedings book. Formatting instructions, as well as the style and sample files, can be found here: http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html

All submissions should be sent either in PostScript format or in PDF format by email to Nicolas Maudet on maudet@lamsade.dauphine.fr

At least one author of each accepted papers must register for the workshop.

Organising Committee


ArgMAS Steering Committee

  • Antonis Kakas (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • Nicolas Maudet (Universite Paris Dauphine, France)
  • Peter McBurney (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Pavlos Moraitis (University RENE DESCARTES-Paris 5, France)
  • Simon Parsons (City University of New York, USA)
  • Iyad Rahwan (British University in Dubai, UAE, and University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Chris Reed (University of Dundee, UK)

Program Committee

  • Leila Amgoud (IRIT, Toulouse, France)
  • Katie Atkinson (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Jamal Bentahar (Laval University, Canada)
  • Carlos Chesnevar (Universitat de Lleida, Spain)
  • Frank Dignum (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Rogier van Eijk (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Anthony Hunter (University College, London, UK)
  • Antonis Kakas (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • Nikos Karacapilidis (University of Patras, Greece)
  • Nicolas Maudet (Universite Paris Dauphine, France)
  • Peter McBurney (University of Liverpool, UK)
  • Jarred McGinnis (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Pavlos Moraitis (University RENE DESCARTES, France)
  • Xavier Parent (King's College, UK)
  • Simon Parsons (City University of New York, USA)
  • Philippe Pasquier (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Henry Prakken (Utrecht University, and University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Iyad Rahwan (British University in Dubai, UAE, and University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Chris Reed (University of Dundee, UK)
  • Carles Sierra (IIIA, Spain)
  • Guillermo Simari (Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina)
  • Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Francesca Toni (Imperial College, London, UK)
  • Paolo Torroni (Università di Bologna, Italy)
  • Bart Verheij (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Gerard Vreeswijk (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Mike Wooldridge (University of Liverpool, UK)

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