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COINE 2023 : International Workshop on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions, Norms and Ethics for Governance of Multi-Agent Systems


When May 29, 2023 - May 29, 2023
Where London, UK
Submission Deadline Mar 5, 2023
Notification Due Mar 27, 2023
Final Version Due Apr 16, 2023

Call For Papers

Coordination, organizations, institutions, norms and ethics are five key governance elements for the regulation of open multi-agent systems. The goal of the 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.

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 predictable.

This workshop (COINE) is an evolution of the COIN (Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems) workshop series that ran at various conferences including AAMAS (15 times), IJCAI (twice), AAAI in 2008 and ECAI in 2006 and 2016 (see, and produced 14 volumes of post-proceedings in Springer’s
Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (see

We invite submissions that address any of the following aspects:
- mathematical, logical, computational, philosophical, legal, and pragmatic issues related to COINE;
- modelling, animation and simulation techniques for open MAS;
- tools, prototypes and actual working systems;
- experimental investigation of the effectiveness of COINE technologies;
- challenging or innovative ideas relevant to the field;
- methodologies for the development of trustworthy AI;

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 of trustworthy AI.

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 (These dates are subject to further updates)
Paper submission: March 5, 2023
Author notifications: March 27, 2023
Camera-ready deadline: April 16, 2023
Workshop: 29-30 May 2023

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 in the LNCS format:
- Full research papers (16 pages, excluding references)
- Short research papers (10 pages, excluding references) – 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, excluding references) – These papers have the same scope of the blue sky ideas track of AAMAS 2023 (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:

Submitted papers will be reviewed on a “single-blind” basis by at least two reviewers.

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 2023 registrants in electronic form.

As with previous COIN(E) workshops, COINE intends to publish post-proceedings in Springer’s LNCS series (pending confirmation). Authors will be invited to submit revised and extended versions of their paper for consideration in these post-proceedings.

Revised papers must take into account the discussion held during the workshop; hence, only papers that are presented during the workshop will be considered for inclusion in the post-proceedings volume.

Jithin Cheriyan (University of Otago, NZ)
Nicoletta Fornara (Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland)
Asimina Mertzani (Imperial College of London, UK)

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