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2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on
Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT-09)

Tutorials due: *** 30th April 2009 ***NEW DEADLINE***


September 15-18, 2009, Milan, Italy

Sponsored By
IEEE Computer Society
Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

(Papers Due: *** 10 April 2009 *** 20th April 2009 EXPIRED
Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings
by the IEEE Computer Society Press, which are indexed by EI.)

IAT 2009 will provide a leading international forum to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields, such as computer science, information technology, business, education, systems engineering, and robotics, to (1) examine the design principles and performance characteristics of various approaches in intelligent agent technology, and (2) increase the cross-fertilization of ideas on the development of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems among different domains. By encouraging idea-sharing and discussions on the underlying logical, cognitive, physical, and sociological foundations as well as the enabling technologies of intelligent agents, IAT 2008 will foster the development of novel paradigms and advanced solutions in agent-based computing.

IAT 2009 will be jointly held with the 2009 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI-09). The two conferences will have a joint opening, keynote, reception, and banquet. Attendees only need to register for one conference and can attend workshops, sessions, tutorials, panels, exhibits and demonstrations across the two conferences. We are also planning a joint panel, joint paper sessions, and a doctoral mentoring program to discuss common problems in the two areas..

Technical Themes of Interest

We invite submissions in all IAT related areas. Papers exploring new directions or areas will receive a careful and supportive review. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:: 

1. Autonomy-Oriented Computing (AOC)

  • Agent-Based Complex Systems Modeling and Development
  • Agent-Based Simulation
  • Autonomy-Oriented Modeling and Computation Methods
  • Behavioral Self-Organization
  • Complex Behavior Characterization and Engineering
  • Emergent Behavior
  • Hard Computational Problem Solving
  • Nature-Inspired Paradigms
  • Self-Organized Criticality
  • Self-Organized Intelligence
  • Swarm Intelligence

2. Autonomous Knowledge and Information Agents

  • Agent-Based Distributed Data Mining
  • Agent-Based Knowledge Discovery And Sharing
  • Autonomous Information Services
  • Distributed Knowledge Systems
  • Emergent Natural Law Discovery in Multi-Agent Systems
  • Evolution of Knowledge Networks
  • Human-Agent Interaction
  • Information Filtering Agents
  • Knowledge Aggregation
  • Knowledge Discovery
  • Ontology-Based Information Services

3. Agent Systems Modeling and Methodology

  • Agent Interaction Protocols
  • Cognitive Architectures
  • Cognitive Modeling of Agents
  • Emotional Modeling
  • Fault-Tolerance in Multi-Agent Systems
  • Formal Framework for Multi-Agent Systems
  • Information Exchanges in Multi-Agent Systems
  • Learning and Self-Adaptation in Multi-Agent Systems
  • Mobile Agent Languages and Protocols
  • Multi-Agent Autonomic Architectures
  • Multi-Agent Coordination Techniques
  • Multi-Agent Planning and Re-Planning
  • Peer-to-Peer Models for Multi-Agent Systems
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Social Interactions in Multi-Agent Systems
  • Task-Based Agent Context Task-Oriented Agents
  • Multi-Agent self-organization
  • Sensor robotic agents
  • Hybrid Multi-Agent Systems

4. Distributed Problem Solving

  • Agent-Based Grid Computing
  • Agent Networks in Distributed Problem Solving
  • Collective Group Behavior
  • Coordination and Cooperation
  • Distributed Intelligence
  • Distributed Search
  • Dynamics of Agent Groups and Populations
  • Efficiency and Complexity Issues
  • Market-Based Computing
  • Problem-Solving in Dynamic Environments

5. Autonomous Auctions and Negotiation

  • Agent-Based Marketplaces
  • Auction Markets
  • Combinatorial Auctions
  • Hybrid Negotiation
  • Integrative Negotiation
  • Mediating Agents
  • Pricing Agents
  • Thin Double Auctions

6. Applications

  • Agent-Based Assistants
  • Agent-Based Virtual Enterprise
  • Embodied Agents and Agent-Based Systems Applications
  • Interface Agents Knowledge and Data Intensive Systems
  • Perceptive Animated Interfaces
  • Scalability
  • Social Simulation
  • Socially Situated Planning
  • Software and Pervasive Agents
  • Tools and Standards
  • Ubiquitous Systems and E-Technology Agents
  • Ubiquitous Software Services
  • Virtual Humans
  • XML-Based Agent Systems

On-Line Submissions and Publication

High-quality papers in all IAT related areas are solicited. Paper submissions should be limited to a maximum of 8 pages in the IEEE 2-column format, the same as the camera-ready format (see the
Author Guidelines at the submission page.
All submitted papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity.

Note that IAT’09 will accept ONLY on-line submissions, containing PDF versions. Please use the Submission Form on the WI’09 website to submit your paper. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Press that are indexed by EI.

Submissions accepted as regular papers will be allocated 8 pages in the proceedings and accorded oral presentation times in the main conference. Submissions accepted as short papers will be allocated 4 pages in the proceedings and will have a shorter presentation time at the conference than regular papers.

All co-authors will be notified at all time, for the submission, notification, and confirmation on the attendance. Submitting a paper to the conference and workshops means that, if the paper is accepted, at least one author should attend the conference to present the paper. The acceptance list and no-show list will be openly published on-line. For no-show authors, their affiliations will receive a notification.

A selected number of IAT'09 accepted papers will be expanded and revised for inclusion in Web Intelligence and Agent Systems: An International Journal” ( and in the Annual Review of Intelligent Informatics (


As an important part of the conference, the workshop program will focus on new research challenges and initiatives. All papers accepted for workshops will be included in the Workshop Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press that are indexed by EI, and will be available at the workshops. Detailed information is available at Workshops page.

Note: we will not have a separate workshop registration fee (i.e., conference registration covers everything).


IAT’09 also welcomes Tutorial proposals. IAT’09 will include tutorials providing in-depth background on subjects that are of broad interest to the Web intelligence community. Both short (2 hours) and long (half day) tutorials will be considered. The tutorials will be part of the main conference technical program. Detailed information is available at the conference homepage.

Note: we will not have a separate tutorials registration fee (i.e., only one conference registration covers everything).


We solicit Industry/Demo-Track papers by the following methods.

(1) Industry papers of 4 pages can be submitted on the same schedule as the research track.
(2) Separate 2 page demo proposals can submitted at a later schedule.
(3) Full regular paper submissions can include a demo option. That is, a full paper submissions will be asked to specify if they would like to give a demonstration; choice of demonstrations (while utilizing information from the regular reviewing process) will be selected based on value as a demonstration.

For options (1) and (2), please find more detailed instructions at the Industry/Demo page.

Important dates:

  • Workshop proposal submission: January 31, 2009 EXPIRED
  • Electronic submission of full papers: April 20, 2009 EXPIRED
  • Tutorial proposal submission: April 30, 2009 EXTENDED
  • Workshop paper submission: April 30, 2009
  • Notification of paper acceptance: June 3, 2009
  • Camera-ready copies of accepted papers: June 30, 2009
  • Workshops: September 15, 2009
  • Conference: September 15-18, 2009

 Conference Organization


Conference Chair: Gabriella Pasi, University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy.

 Organizing Co-Chairs:

Gloria Bordogna, National Council of Research, Bergamo, Italy

Giancarlo Mauri, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy

 Program Chair:

Ricardo Baeza Yates, Yahoo! Inc., Barcelona, Spain 

WI Program Co-Chairs:

Bettina Berendt, K.U.Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.

Elisa Bertino, Purdue University, West Lafayette,USA.

Lim Ee Peng, Singapore Management University, Singapore. 

IAT Program Co-Chairs:

Jérôme Lang, CNRS, LAMSADE, Paris, France.

Sushmita Mitra, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India

Simon Parsons, Brooklyn College, City Univ of NY

Workshop Co-Chairs:

Paolo Boldi, University of Milan, Italy.

Giuseppe Vizzari, University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy

Tutorial Co-Chairs:

Mohand Boughanem, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Fabrizio Sebastiani, National Council of Research, Pisa, Italy

Publicity Co-Chairs:

Jia Hu, The International WIC Institute/BJUT, China

Mounia Lalmas, University of Glasgow, UK


Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan


Maria Gini, University of Minnesota, USA

WIC Co-Chairs/Directors:

Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan

Jiming Liu, University of Windsor, Canada

WIC Advisory Board:

Edward A. Feigenbaum, Stanford University, USA

Setsuo Ohsuga, University of Tokyo, Japan

Benjamin Wah, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Philip Yu, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

L.A. Zadeh, University of California, Berkeley, USA

WIC Tech. Committee & WI/IAT Steering Committee:

Jeffrey Bradshaw, UWF/Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, USA

Nick Cercone, York University, Canada

Dieter Fensel, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Georg Gottlob, Oxford University, UK

Lakhmi Jain, University of South Australia, Australia

Jianchang Mao, Yahoo! Inc., USA

Pierre Morizet-Mahoudeaux, Compiegne University of Technology, France

Hiroshi Motoda, Osaka University, Japan

Toyoaki Nishida, Kyoto University, Japan

Andrzej Skowron, Warsaw University, Poland

Jinglong Wu, Okayama University, Japan

Xindong Wu, University of Vermont, USA

Yiyu Yao, University of Regina, Canada

*** Contact Information ***

Gabriella Pasi (Conference General Chair)

The WIC Office