Vancouver, Canada, October 24-28

Third International Workshop on

Agent-Oriented Methodologies


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Workshop Organizing Committee (alphabetical order)

The workshop will be chaired by Dr Cesar Gonzalez-Perez. All members of the programme committee will be responsible for undertaking reviews so that each paper receives two timely reviews prior to the selection process.

Dr Cesar Gonzalez-Perez will be in charge of the workshop web site and will assist in the organization of the paper selection and publication process.

Call for Submissions

Papers are invited for the OOPSLA 2004 Third International Workshop on "Agent Oriented Methodologies". The workshop aims to share the research, knowledge and experiences of different organizations in both the theoretical and practical aspects of agent-oriented methodologies and processes for the design and construction of agents and multi-agent systems. Agent construction integrates both theory, pragmatic guidelines and tool support and can benefit from the experiences of the object-oriented community. Participation will be by submission of a position paper. Selection of these papers for the workshop will be based on review by at least two members of the workshop programme committee.


Contributions are invited in the form of papers of up to twelve single-sided A4 pages. The workshop proceedings will be reproduced in Springer LNCS format and published by COTAR as a book with ISBN number. The proceedings will be prepared from camera-ready copy supplied in the correct format by the authors of accepted papers. Authors will retain copyright of papers published in the workshop proceedings. Papers must be submitted as PDF files (with any non-standard fonts embedded in the file) and sent as an email attachment to:

Cesar Gonzalez-Perez [cesargon@it.uts.edu.au]

by August 22, 2004 at the latest. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for the workshop and will be expected to attend. Selected papers will be recommended to appropriate editors for journal publication.


Papers to be submitted by Sunday August 22, 2004
Notification of acceptance by Friday September 17, 2004
Camera-ready manuscripts due by Monday September 27, 2004
Workshop – Sunday October 24, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Workshop Plan


Attendees will be expected to have read all the accepted papers before the workshop so that the workshop can focus on more informal yet structured interactions.

The Workshop

Only a small number of papers will be presented orally. The rest will be circulated before the conference and "taken as read". All submissions, whether presented or not, will form the architecture for the discussion which will focus on providing concrete, experience-based yet theoretically valid answers to a subset of the questions raised in the workshop topic list.

Following initial presentations of no more than 120 minutes in total, the remainder of the day will be spent in break-out groups, each group focussing on at most two of the selected short list of questions to be answered. A plenary session will end the day from which a workshop report will be produced and made available internationally on this website.


Accepter Papers


A poster will be prepared for the poster slot at the end of OOPSLA as normal. In addition, the best papers will be recommended to an international journal (possibilities are currently being investigated). Summaries will also be posted on the workshop website. Hopefully, contacts will have been made between academic researchers and industry developers so that the workshop will have catalyzed some valuable research projects.

Main Theme and Goals

The main theme of the workshop this year is the relationships between object-orientation and agent-orientation from a methodological perspective. The goal is to determine what these relationships are and how the agent-oriented paradigm can be enriched from object-oriented knowledge and experience. Appropriate methodologies for constructing agent-oriented systems may rely to some degree on object-oriented methodologies but the distinct autonomy of agents means that the product of agent-oriented design processes cannot be as deterministic as they have been in object-oriented development. Transitioning from object-orientation to agent-orientation, as a relevant opportunity to employ such relationships, will also play a central role in this workshop.

Organizers' Backgrounds

Paolo Bresciani is a Research Scientist at the ITC-irst (Institute for Technological and Scientific Research) of Trento, Italy. As well, he had and has several teaching contracts with the University of Verona and the University of Trento. Currently, he is the Scientific Coordinator of the irst Unit participating in the National Basic Research Project: "Knowledge Level Automated Software Engineering". His research interests lie in the areas of knowledge representation and reasoning, conceptual modelling and semantics-based interfaces to IS, agent- and goal-based software engineering and requirement engineering, and knowledge management. Paolo was an organiser of the Second International Workshop on Agent-Based Methodologies at OOPSLA 2003.

John Debenham is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is author of two books on the design of intelligent systems. His recent research has focussed on multiagent systems with business process management as his chosen application domain. That work is now being extended into distributed eMarkets where all transactions are managed as business processes by multiagent systems. He was co-chair of the OOPSLA 2002 Workshop on Agent-Oriented Methodologies and an organiser of the Second International Workshop on Agent-Based Methodologies at OOPSLA 2003.

Paolo Giorgini is Assistant Professor at the Department of Information and Communication Technology of University of Trento, Italy. His research interests lie in the area of conceptual modelling, (agent-oriented) software engineering, and knowledge management. His publication list includes refereed journal and conference proceedings papers and one edited book. He has contributed to the organization of international conferences as chair and program committee member, such as recently the International Conference on Cooperative Information Systems (CoopIS - 2001), International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE*2002), and the bi-conference workshop on Agent-Oriented Information Systems (AOIS-2002) and is co-chair of AOIS 2003. Paolo was an organiser of the Second International Workshop on Agent-Based Methodologies at OOPSLA 2003.

Cesar Gonzalez-Perez has been working at UTS since April 2002, focusing on object-oriented and agent-oriented software development methodologies and metamodelling. Prior to this, he was the chief developer of the OPEN/Metis methodological framework. Cesar has co-developed and co-chaired the Process Engineering for Object-Oriented and Component-Based Development workshop at OOPSLA 2003 and the Second Workshop on Method Engineering for Object-Oriented and Component-Based Development workshop at OOPSLA 2004.

Brian Henderson-Sellers is Director of the Centre for Object Technology Applications and Research and Professor of Information Systems at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He is author of ten books on object technology and is well known for his work in OO methodologies (MOSES, COMMA and OPEN) and in OO metrics. He was recently awarded a DSc degree by the University of London for his work in object-oriented methodology. He was co-chair of AOIS 2003 (Agent-Oriented Information Systems) in Chicago in October 2003, co-chair of the OOPSLA 2002 Workshop on Agent-Oriented Methodologies and organiser of the Second International Workshop on Agent-Based Methodologies at OOPSLA 2003.

Graham Low  is Professor of Information Systems at the University of New South Wales. His main research interest is the management of the software development process and product with a particular interest in distributed systems and its enabling technologies such as object-oriented development and mobile agent systems. He was a key participant in the development of the Interoperability (distributed systems) and Communications Enhancement (telecommunications) programmes of the Cooperative Research Centre for Technology Markets. The CRC has industry, university and government funding worth approximately $60 million. Graham was an organiser of the Second International Workshop on Agent-Based Methodologies at OOPSLA 2003.

Workshop Programme Committee (alphabetical order)