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AREA 2020 : Workshop on Agents and Robots for reliable Engineered Autonomy


When Jun 8, 2020 - Jun 9, 2020
Where Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Submission Deadline Mar 1, 2020
Notification Due Apr 8, 2020
Final Version Due May 8, 2020
Categories    autonomous agents   robotic applications   software engineering   verification and validation

Call For Papers


Call for Papers - First Workshop on Agents and Robots for reliable Engineered Autonomy (AREA)
Co-located with ECAI 2020
Conference: 10th-12nd of June, 2020
Workshops: 8th or 9th of June, 2020
Santiago de Compostela, Spain




Autonomous agents is a well-established area that has been researched for decades, both from a design and implementation viewpoint. Nonetheless, the application of agents in real world scenarios is largely adopted when logical distribution is needed, while still limited when physical distribution is necessary. The autonomous behaviour responsible for decision-making should (ideally) be verifiable since these systems are expensive to produce and are often deployed in safety-critical situations.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the autonomous agents, software engineering and the robotics communities, as combining knowledge coming from these research areas may lead to innovative approaches that solve complex problems related with the verification and validation of autonomous robotic systems. Consequently, we encourage submissions that combine agents, robots, and verification, but we also welcome papers focused on one of these areas, as long as their applicability to the other areas is clear.


This workshop is a 1-day event with presentations of accepted papers and one to two invited speakers (to be confirmed).


The main topics include but are not limited to:
- Agent-based modular architectures applicable to robots
- Agent oriented software engineering to model high-level control in robotic development
- Agent programming languages and tools for developing robotic or intelligent autonomous systems
- Coordination, interaction, and negotiation protocols for agents and robots
- Distributed problem solving and automated planning in autonomous systems
- Fault tolerance, health-management, and long-term autonomy
- Real world applications of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems in robotics
- Real-time multi-agent systems
- Reliable software engineering of autonomy
- Runtime verification of autonomous agents and robotic systems
- Task and resource allocation in multi-robot systems
- Verification and validation of autonomous systems
- Testing and simulation tools and techniques for autonomous or robotic systems
- Self healing entities and systems


We invite you to submit:
- Full research papers that must describe authors' original research work and results.
- Case study papers that should identify lessons learned, validate theoretical results (such as scalability of methods) or new tools and applications, benchmarks, or provide specific motivation for further research and development.
- Research ideas: AREA encourages the submissions of new research ideas in order to stimulate discussions at the workshop.

Full and case study papers are limited to 15* single-column pages; research ideas papers are limited to 7* single-column pages. All submissions must be in English and in PDF format.
*excluding references and appendices

The page limit is strict, and it will not be possible to purchase additional pages at any point in the process (including after the paper is accepted).

All papers should be original and not be submitted elsewhere. The review process is single blind: submissions should not be blind, reviewers will be.
Submissions are accepted in PDF format only.

We are negotiating with a publisher for publishing the proceedings of the workshop. We are also in the process of applying for a special issue for the post-proceedings where revised selected papers will be published.

Formatting guidelines should follow LNCS (to be confirmed when the publisher will be selected):

Submission link:


Submission Deadline: 1st March 2020
Paper Notification: 8th April 2020
Camera Ready: 8st May 2020
Workshop: 8th or 9th June 2020

Kind regards
Rafael C. Cardoso, Angelo Ferrando, Tobias Ahlbrecht, Claudio Menghi, Daniela Briola

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