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COINE 2022 : International Workshop on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, Norms and Ethics for Governance of Multi-Agent Systems (COINE)


When May 9, 2022 - May 9, 2022
Where Auckland, New Zealand (Virtual)
Submission Deadline Feb 13, 2022
Notification Due Mar 13, 2022
Final Version Due Mar 20, 2022
Categories    agents   NORMS   coordination   organisation

Call For Papers


International Workshop on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions,
Norms and Ethics for Governance of Multi-Agent Systems (COINE),
co-located with AAMAS 2022

COINE 2022 is co-located with the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and
Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), Auckland, New Zealand, 9-13 May, 2022 (

The pervasiveness of “open systems” raises a range of challenges and
opportunities for technologies in the area of autonomous agents and
multi-agent systems. However, achieving and maintaining a “good” society
is difficult to achieve as the participating entities (including human
users), their modes of interaction or the intended purpose of the system
may change over time. Moreover, in the case of open multi-agent systems,
the autonomy of the agents can work against the effectiveness of the
society. As a further trajectory of influence, coordination techniques
such as distributed ledger technology can increase the autonomy and
complexity of these open systems as a whole and challenge their
governance. There is therefore a need for tools and techniques for
articulating interactions in order to make the system more effective in
attaining collective goals, more certain for participants or more

Coordination, organizations, institutions, norms and ethics are five key
governance elements for the regulation of open multi-agent systems. This
workshop is an evolution of the COIN (Coordination, Organizations,
Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems) workshop series that ran at
various conferences including AAMAS (12 times), IJCAI, AAAI and ECAI
since 2006 (see Workshop Series Website), and produced 13 volumes of
post-proceedings in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

Continuing this tradition, the goal of the COINE workshop is to bring
together researchers in autonomous agents and multi-agent systems
working on the scientific and technological aspects of social
coordination, organizational theory, normative MAS, artificial or
electronic institutions, norm-aware and ethical agents.

We invite submissions that address any of the following aspects:

- mathematical, logical, computational, philosophical and pragmatic
issues related to COINE;
- modelling, animation and simulation techniques for open MAS;
- tools, prototypes and working systems;
- experimental investigation of the effectiveness of COINE
- challenging or innovative ideas relevant to the field;
- methodologies for the development of trustworthy AI; and
- trustworthy AI education within the scope of MAS.

The workshop complements the main AAMAS program by allowing a more
relaxed and in-depth discussion of MAS from a social perspective and has
proven to be an event that encourages debate, and fosters collaboration
among researchers in these topics.

A specific emphasis of this year’s iteration of COINE lies on the
response to growing interest in the concept of norms applied to social
and human-centric AI, so we will also aim to establish better mutual
awareness between COINE and that community by making explicit references
in our scope for research in development methodologies and education of
trustworthy AI.

To leverage a broader understanding on how COINE-related themes are
employed in these research disciplines, we will invite established
researchers from the respective fields in order to highlight their
perspectives on and adoption of COINE theory and technologies. Building
on those insights, we will use this workshop to provide a platform to
discuss the potentially varying viewpoints and facilitate the
exploration of synergies as well as collaborative opportunities across
community boundaries.

COINE inherited COIN’s B-rating on the Computing Research and Education
Association of Australasia (CORE) conference ranking list COIN holds a B4 rating by
the Qualis ranking from CAPES (Brazil).

Important Dates

IMPORTANT DATES (These dates are subject to further updates)
Paper submission: 13 February, 2022
Author notifications: 13 March, 2022
Camera-ready deadline: 20 March, 2022
Workshop: May 9 or 10, 2022
Instructions for Authors

For preparation of papers please follow the instructions for authors
available at the Springer LNCS Web page.

We solicit three types of papers:
• Full research papers (16 pages)
• Short research papers (10 pages) – These 'early-innovation' papers are work-in-progress papers and these will be reviewed with an emphasis on novelty/originality of the idea.
• Blue sky ideas (up to 16 pages) – These papers have the same scope of the blue sky ideas track of AAMAS 2022 (see, focussing on the COINE topics

The page lengths mentioned above include figures and references. All papers must be written in English and submitted in PDF format. Information about the paper type should be included at the end of the title of the paper – (Full), (Short) or (Blue Sky ideas).

For submission of papers, please use the EasyChair site at:

Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should
the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will attend the
workshop to present the work.

Preliminary proceedings will be available before the conference. They
will also be distributed to AAMAS 2022 registrants in electronic form.

As with previous COIN(E) workshops, COINE will publish post-proceedings
in Springer’s LNCS series. Authors will be invited to submit revised and
extended versions of their paper for consideration in these
Nirav Ajmeri (University of Bristol, UK)
Andreasa Morris-Martin (University of Bath, UK)
Tony Savarimuthu (University of Otago, NZ)

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