ALA 2021 - Workshop at AAMAS 2021
Adaptive and Learning Agents (ALA) encompasses diverse fields such as Computer Science, Software Engineering, Biology, as well as Cognitive and Social Sciences. The ALA workshop will focus on agents and multiagent systems which employ learning or adaptation.
Extended versions of all original contributions at ALA 2021 will be eligible for inclusion in a special issue of the Springer journal Neural Computing and Applications (Impact Factor 4.774).
- Submission Deadline: February 24, 2021
- Notification of acceptance: March 24, 2021
- Camera-ready copies: April 1, 2021
- Workshop: May 3 & 4, 2021
- Extended submission deadline: September 15, 2021
Adaptive and learning agents, particularly those interacting with each other in a multi-agent setting, are becoming increasingly prominent as the size and complexity of real-world systems grows. How to adaptively control, coordinate and optimize such systems is an emerging multi-disciplinary research area at the intersection of Computer Science, Control Theory, Economics, and Biology. The ALA workshop will focus on agents and multi-agent systems which employ learning or adaptation.
The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness of and interest in adaptive agent research, encourage collaboration and give a representative overview of current research in the area of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems. It aims at bringing together not only scientists from different areas of computer science but also from different fields studying similar concepts (e.g., game theory, bio-inspired control, mechanism design).
This workshop will focus on all aspects of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems with a particular emphasis on how to modify established learning techniques and/or create new learning paradigms to address the many challenges presented by complex real-world problems.
The topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Novel combinations of reinforcement and supervised learning approaches
- Integrated learning approaches that work with other agent reasoning modules like negotiation, trust models, coordination, etc.
- Supervised multi-agent learning
- Reinforcement learning (single- and multi-agent)
- Novel deep learning approaches for adaptive single- and multi-agent systems
- Multi-objective optimisation in single- and multi-agent systems
- Planning (single- and multi-agent)
- Reasoning (single- and multi-agent)
- Distributed learning
- Adaptation and learning in dynamic environments
- Evolution of agents in complex environments
- Co-evolution of agents in a multi-agent setting
- Cooperative exploration and learning to cooperate and collaborate
- Learning trust and reputation
- Communication restrictions and their impact on multi-agent coordination
- Design of reward structure and fitness measures for coordination
- Scaling learning techniques to large systems of learning and adaptive agents
- Emergent behaviour in adaptive multi-agent systems
- Game theoretical analysis of adaptive multi-agent systems
- Neuro-control in multi-agent systems
- Bio-inspired multi-agent systems
Applications of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems to real world complex systems
Extended and revised versions of papers presented at the workshop will be eligible for inclusion in a journal special issue (see below).
Papers can be submitted through EasyChair.
We invite submission of original work, up to 8 pages in length (excluding references) in the ACM proceedings format (i.e. following the AAMAS formatting instructions). This includes work that has been accepted as a poster/extended abstract at AAMAS 2021. Additionally, we welcome submission of preliminary results, i.e. work-in-progress, as well as visionary outlook papers that lay out directions for future research in a specific area, both up to 6 pages in length, although shorter papers are very much welcome, and will not be judged differently. Finally, we also accept recently published journal papers in the form of a 2 page abstract.
Furthermore, for submissions that were rejected or accepted as extended abstracts at AAMAS, we encourage authors to also append the received reviews. This is simply a recommendation and it is optional. Authors can also include a short note or changelist they carried out on the paper. The reviews can be appended at the end of the submission file and do not count towards the page limit.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed (single-blind). Accepted work will be allocated time for poster and possibly oral presentation during the workshop. Extended versions of original papers presented at the workshop will also be eligible for inclusion in a post-proceedings journal special issue.
Journal Special Issue
We are delighted to announce that extended versions of all original contributions at ALA 2021 will be eligible for inclusion in a special issue of the Springer journal Neural Computing and Applications (Impact Factor 4.213). The deadline for submitting extended papers will be 15 September 2021.