Tenth International Workshop on
Argumentation in Multi-Agent Systems (ArgMAS 2013)
Minnesota, USA, May 6, 2013
series web site:
- (14 Mar 2013) Invited talk by Andrew Jones, King's College London. Details below.
- (5 Mar 2013) Workshop date set to Monday, 6 May.
- (27 Feb 2013) List of accepted papers is now out.
Submissions are invited for the Tenth International Workshop on Argumentation in Multi-Agent Systems (ArgMAS 2013), to be held in Twin Cities, MN, USA, as part of AAMAS 2013.
ArgMAS 2013 will focus on the concepts, theories, methodologies, and
applications of computational models of argument in creating autonomous
agents and multi-agent systems. Argumentation can be abstractly defined
as the formal interaction of different arguments for and against some
conclusion (eg, a proposition, an action intention, a preference, etc).
A single agent may use argumentation techniques to perform individual
reasoning, to resolve conflicting evidence, or to decide between
conflicting goals. Multiple agents may also use dialectical
argumentation in order to identify and reconcile differences between
themselves, through interactions such as negotiation, persuasion, and
The main goal of ArgMAS 2013 will be to bring together the community of
researchers working on argumentation in multi-agent systems. The
workshop has the following technical goals:
(a) To explore the use of argumentation in practical reasoning.
(b) To investigate how argumentation can be used to enable rational
interaction between autonomous agents.
(c) To explore the applicability of argumentation for solving a variety
of problems in multi-agent systems, such as information exchange,
negotiation, team formation, deliberation, etc.
(d) To explore strategic reasoning and behaviours in
(e) To better understand how argumentation relates to other areas of
multiagent research, such as game theory, agent communications, and
(f) To present and encourage implemented systems which demonstrate the
use of argumentation in multi-agent systems.
The workshop solicits papers looking at either theory or practice, or
both. 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.
Different agents within a multiagent system potentially have
differential access to information and capabilities, different beliefs,
different preferences and desires, and different goals and
values. A key aspect of the scientific study of multiagent
systems therefore is the development of methods and procedures for
identifying, assessing, reconciling, and arbitrating between such
differences. Market mechanisms and voting procedures are two
methods for dealing with such differences. Argumentation theory is
another. In recent years, formal theories of argument and
argument interaction have been proposed, and this has led to the study
of computational models of argument. The ArgMAS series of
workshops has focused on computational argumentation within the context
of agent reasoning and multiagent systems.
The workshop will be of interest to anyone studying or applying default
reasoning in autonomous agents, single-agent reasoning and planning
under uncertainty, strategic single-agent reasoning in the context of
potential competitor actions, and the rational resolution of the
different beliefs and intentions of multiple agents within multiagent
workshop builds on the following successful
workshops (see ArgMAS workshop series
solicit papers dealing with, but not limited to,
the following areas:
theory in multi-agent
behaviour in argument-based dialogues
trust, reputation in argument-based
of argumentation dialogues
(termination, success, etc.)
Monday, 6 May, 2013
- 09:00-10:30 Session 1: Argumentation and Social Networks
- 0900: Simone Gabbriellini and Paolo Torroni: Abstract argumentation for agent-based social simulations.
- 0930: Elizabeth Sklar, Simon Parsons and Munindar Singh: Towards an Argumentation-Based Model of Social Interaction.
- 10:00: Simone Gabbriellini and Paolo Torroni: MS Dialogues: Persuading and getting persuaded. A model of social network debates that reconciles arguments and trust.
- 10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
- 11:00-12:00 Session 2: Invited Talk
- Speaker: Andrew J I Jones, King's College London, UK.
- Title: Self-Deception and the Logic of Belief
- Abstract: The point of departure for this presentation is the brief discussion of self-deception that appears in Hintikka's book "Knowledge and Belief? An Introduction to the Logic of the Two Notions" (Cornell UP, 1962). Hintikka starts from a remark by Montaigne: "Some make the world believe that they believe what they do not believe; others, in greater number, make themselves believe it", and gives a formal treatment of (the second part of) Montaigne's remark that parallels Hintikka's analysis of Moore's puzzle about saying and disbelieving. Those analyses depend crucially on the 4. schema for the logic of belief (later dubbed the "positive introspection schema"): Bap -> BaBap. It will be argued that Montaigne's remark indicates just one of a small group of `self-deception positions', the others of which are inconsistent if the logic of belief is that of a (relativised) modal system of type KD4 (Hintikka's choice), and all of which are inconsistent if KD45 is adopted (commonly the choice in AI). The presentation will show how to characterise that group of `self-deception positions' consistently using KD as the logic of belief, and provides an alternative treatment of Montaigne's remark and Moore's puzzle.
- 12:00-13:30 Lunch
- 13:30-15:30 Session 3: Argumentation, Uncertainty and Inconsistency
- 1330: Chung-Wei Hang, Nirav Ajmeri, Munindar Singh and Simon Parsons: Argumentation, evidence, and schemes.
- 1400: Hengfei Li, Nir Oren and Timothy J. Norman: Relaxing independence assumptions in probabilistic argumentation.
- 1430: Yuqing Tang, Nir Oren, Simon Parsons and Katia Sycara: Dempster-Shafer argument schemes.
- 1500: Toshiko Wakaki and Katsumi Nitta: Paraconsistent argumentation built from extended logic programming.
- 15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
- 16:00-17:30 Session 4: Applications and Discussion
- 1600: Elizabeth Sklar, M. Q. Azhar, Todd Flyr and Simon Parsons: A case for argumentation to enable human-robot collaboration.
- 1630: Plenary Discussion: Where to for Argumentation? Where to for ArgMAS?
Ready Copy Due:
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proceedings of ArgMAS will be printed and distributed at the
workshop. As with previous ArgMAS workshops, it is planned to
publish revised versions of the accepted full papers in an edited book
as part of the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
series. This publication will have an ISBN number, and would be
available both in printed form, as well as electronically in
previous workshops, each ArgMAS submission will be reviewed by two
members of the expert program committee. Contributors may submit
either full papers (no longer than 20 pages) 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:
submitted should be in PDF format, and must be submitted through our
dedicated EasyChair site, here:
papers should give full names and contact details for all authors. At
least one author of each accepted papers must register for the workshop.
Department of Informatics, King's College London
Tel: + 44 20 7848 1253
peter.mcburney [a*t] kcl.ac.uk
Department of Computer and Information Science
Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 11210 NY USA
parsons [a*t] sci.brooklyn.cuny.edu
Institute of Science & Technology
P.O.Box 54224 Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
irahwan [a*t] acm.org
| School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
Kakas (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
Maudet (Universite Paris Dauphine, France)
McBurney (King's College London, UK)
Moraitis (Paris Descartes University,
Parsons (City University of New York, USA)
Rahwan (Masdar Institute, UAE, and MIT, USA)
(University of Dundee, UK)
Committee (to be confirmed)
- Leila Amgoud,
IRIT, Toulouse, France
Atkinson, University of Liverpool, UK
Bentahar, Concordia University, Canada
Black, King's College London, UK
- Guido Boella,
Università di Torino, Italy
Chesnevar, Universitat de Lleida, Spain
Dimopoulos, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Doutre, IRIT, Toulouse, France
- Paul Dunne,
University of Liverpool, UK
- Rogier van
Eijk, Utrecht University, Netherlands
Hunter, University College, London, UK
Kakas, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Karacapilidis, University of Patras, Greece
Maudet, Universite Paris Dauphine, France
McGinnis, Press Association, UK
Modgil, King's College London, UK
Moraitis, Paris Descartes University, France
Norman, University of Aberdeen, UK
- Nir Oren,
University of Aberdeen, UK
Paglieri, ISTC, Rome Italy
- Enric Plaza,
Spanish Scientific Research Council, Spain
Prakken, Utrecht University and University of Groningen, The Netherlands
- Chris Reed,
University of Dundee, UK
Rovatsos, University of Edinburgh, UK
Sawamura, Niigata University, Japan
Simari, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
- Yuqing Tang,
Carnegie-Mellon University, USA
Toni, Imperial College, London, UK
Torroni, Università di Bologna, Italy
- Bart Verheij,
University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Vreeswijk, Utrecht University, Netherlands
- Tom van der
Weide, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Walton, University of Windsor, Canada
- Simon Wells,
University of Dundee, UK