Service-Oriented Computing
and Agent-Based Engineering

Description Topics Submission and Publication Format and Attendance Important Dates Workshop Program Workshop Committees


The Workshop on Service-Oriented Computing and Agent-Based Engineering (SOCABE'2005)

to be held at

The Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents & Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS'2005)
25 - 29 July 2005, Utrecht , The Netherlands

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss recent and significant developments in the general areas of Service Oriented Computing and Multi Agent Systems, and to promote cross-fertilization of techniques between these areas. The Service Oriented Computing approach to building complex software systems bears many similarities to approaches based on software agents. Many important issues are relevant to both areas, and solutions to these may draw on techniques from both. Possible topics of interest include: architectural approaches; modelling and design techniques; service discovery, brokering and selection; service composition and workflows; service level agreement negotiation and quality-of-service management; semantic services; security models; standards.

Call for Papers


Service-Oriented Computing (SOC) is a newly emerging paradigm for distributed computing and e-business processing that utilizes services as fundamental elements to enable building agile networks of collaborating business applications distributed within and across organizational boundaries. Services are self-contained, platform-independent computational elements that can be described, published, discovered, orchestrated and deployed for the purpose of developing distributed applications across networks, including the Internet. Service-based approaches include Web services, Semantic Web services, and Grid services.

While a service need not fulfill all characteristics of a strong definition of agency, the SOC approach to building complex software systems bears many similarities to the development of agent-based systems. In particular, large systems are assembled from distributed heterogeneous software components providing specialized services and communicating using agreed-upon protocols. Similarly to certain multi-agent engineering paradigms, the design process of such systems focuses on the declarative characterization of the agents' capabilities and on a message-based paradigm of interoperation. Also similarly to multi-agent systems, management of the service provision processes is dynamic and distributed, and takes into account the requirements both at the individual services and system levels of the composed application. It also needs to be adaptive in response to the changing requirements, services and exceptions in the dynamic Web and Grid environments.

The area of Service Oriented Computing offers much of real interest to the Multi Agent System community, including similarities in system architectures and provision processes, powerful tools, and the focus on issues such as quality of service, security and reliability. Similarly, techniques developed in the MAS research community promise to have a strong impact on this fast growing technology.

This workshop continues the theme of the former WSABE workshops held at AAMAS'03 ( and AAMAS'04 (, with an expanded theme reflecting the broader scope encompassed by Service Oriented Computing.

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The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the recent and significant developments in the general area of Service Oriented Computing and Software Agents and to promote cross-fertilization of techniques. We seek original and high quality submissions that apply Multi Agent research to Web Service frameworks, and vice versa, in innovative and interesting ways.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

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Submission and Publication

Two types of submissions are available: regular submissions of length 3000-4000 words (approx. 8-12 printed pages) and position papers of length 1200-2000 words (approx. 4-6 printed pages). Position papers (and some regular papers) may be presented as part of themed discussion panels; preference may be given to position papers that take strong or challenging positions on important emergent topics.

Full papers must not exceed 15 pages and follow the author instructions of Springer-Verlag that can be found at All papers should be in Adobe portable document format (PDF) or PostScript format. Authors should submit a full paper via electronic submission to

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by multiple reviewers. Selection criteria will include: relevance, significance, impact, originality, technical soundness, quality of presentation. Some preference may also be given to papers which address emergent trends or important common themes, or which enhance balance of workshop topics.

Since this is associated with the AAMAS conference, accepted papers must be of real relevance to the multi-agent research community.

Camera-ready Papers

Please send your camera-ready paper as .doc (or .tex) and .pdf files to on or before 14 May. Note that we cannot include any paper sent after that deadline in the workshop proceedings.

All papers for the workshop must be submitted in an electronic format which conforms to ACM specifications according to general AAMAS conference policies. The page limit is 8 pages for full papers and 4 pages for short papers. Formatting instruction can be found on

Camera-ready papers will be made available in an electronic form prior to the workshop and a workshop proceedings printed by AAMAS will be available at the workshop. The former WSABE2003 workshop formed the basis of a volume in Kluwer's MASA Series (; the proceedings of SOCABE2005 are also planned to form the basis for publishing a post-workshop volume with Kluwer or Springer, and/or a special issue of an international journal, subject to appropriate quality.

Please note that to be included in the proceedings all the papers need to be presented at the workshop by one of their authors. The authors can register on-line at AAMAS web site at (SOCABE is a full-day workshop).

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Workshop Format and Attendance

The workshop will aim to foster discussion and develop action outcomes on key issues relating to designing, building and managing systems using Services and Software Agents. As well as regular presentations, a number of discussion panels on identified important themes are also planned.
Attendance may be restricted by the venue. A separate call for participation will be distributed at about the time of acceptance notification. If attendance needs to be limited then preference will be given first to presenters and next to other authors who submitted.

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Important Dates

Submission due  

14 March 2005   extended to 20 March 2005

Notification sent  

18 April 2005

Final papers due  

14 May 2005


Tuesday 26 July 2005

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Workshop Program

Tuesday, 26 July 2005

(R) Regular Paper presentation: 20 minutes talk + 5 minutes Q&A
(P) Position Paper presentation: 10 minutes talk + 5 minutes Q&A

First Session 9am - 10:30am

30 minutes Coffee Break

Second Session 11am - 12:30pm

60 minutes Lunch Break

Third Session 1:30pm - 3:15pm

30 minutes Coffee Break

Panel Discussion 3:45pm - 5pm

Invited Keynote

Applying Agent-Based Service-Oriented Architectures to Enable Effective Teamwork
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition Pensacola, USA

Service-oriented architectures will be increasingly used by mixed teams comprised of people, software agents, and robot platforms. Members of such teams will rely on such architectures to discover, communicate, and cooperate with other teammates and will use on policy-based management and control mechanisms to ensure respect for human-imposed constraints on their interaction. In the mid-1990’s, we began to define the initial version of KAoS, a set of platform-independent services that enable people to define policies ensuring adequate predictability and controllability of both agents and traditional distributed systems. In collaboration with a variety of research partners, we have been also been developing and evaluating a generic model of human-agent teamwork that includes policies to assure natural and effective interaction in mixed teams of people and agents—both software and robotic. In this talk, we describe our experiences in exploiting the power of agents and Semantic Web representations to address some of the challenges currently limiting the widespread deployment of the new generation of service-oriented architectures in teamwork settings. We will illustrate our work with examples of applications for DARPA, NASA, ONR, AFRL, and ARL.

Speaker's Short Bio
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw is a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) where he leads the research group developing the KAoS policy and domain services framework. He is currently on sabbatical in Toulouse France with a joint appointment from EURISCO and the Institut Cognitique at the University of Bordeaux. Dr. Bradshaw serves on the Autonomous Agents Steering committee and on the editorial board of the Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, the Web Semantics Journal, and the Web Intelligence Journal. He is a former chair of ACM SIGART, and is a member of the NASA Ames RIACS Science Council.

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Workshop Committees

Organizing Committee

Ryszard Kowalczyk  

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (point of contact)

Zakaria Maamar  

Zayed University, UAE

Lawrence Cavedon  

Stanford University, USA

David Martin  

SRI International, USA

Ingo Mueller

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Program Committee

Stanislaw Ambroszkiewicz  

 Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Djamal Benslimane  

 Lyon 1 University, France

M. Brian Blake  

 Georgetown University, USA

Peter Braun  

 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Bernard Burg  

 Panasonic Research, USA

Jonathan Dale  

 Fujitsu, USA

Steve Goschnick  

 University of Melbourne, Australia

Jun Han  

 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

W.J. van den Heuvel  

 Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Ying Huang  

 IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA

Patrick Hung  

 University of Ontario, Canada

Shonali Krishnaswamy  

 Monash University, Australia

Mikko Laukkanen  

 TeliaSonera, Finland

Seng Loke  

 Monash University, Australia

Anne Ngu  

 Southwest Texas State University, USA

Julian Padget  

 University of Bath, UK

Lin Padgham  

 RMIT University, Australia

Terry Payne  

 University of Southampton, UK

Giovanna Petrone  

 University of Torino, Italy

Andreas Polze  HPI, Germany

Debbie Richards  

 Macquarie University, Australia

Quan Z. Sheng  

 University of New South Wales, Australia

Kwang Mong Sim  

 Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Eleni Stroulia  

 University of Alberta, Canada

Jeff Sutherland  

 PatientKeeper, Inc., USA

Philippe Thiran  

 Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Hua Tianfield  

 Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Steve Wilmott  

 Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain

Jun Yan

 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Jian Yang  

 Macquarie University, Australia

Yun Yang  

 Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Soe-Tsyr Yuan 

 National Chengchi University, Taiwan


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