Autonomous agents are software and robotic entities that are capable
of independent action in open, unpredictable environments. Agents are
also one of the most important and exciting areas of research and
development in computer science today. Agents are currently being
applied in domains as diverse as computer games and interactive
cinema, information retrieval and filtering, user interface design,
electronic commerce, autonomous vehicles and spacecraft, and
industrial process control. The aim of the Agents 2001 conference is
to bring together researchers and developers from industry and
academia to report on the latest scientific and technical advances,
discuss and debate the major issues, and showcase the latest systems.
Agents 2001 will build on the enormous success of its
The conference welcomes submissions of original, high quality papers
concerning autonomous agents in a variety of embodiments and playing a
variety of roles in their environments. The Agents 2001 conference,
like its predecessors, will focus primarily on systems that have been
or are being implemented; theory papers are welcome provided that they
clearly relate to such systems, for example by helping us to predict
their behavior, explain, or understand them. The submission of pure,
abstract theory papers is not encouraged: there are other, more
appropriate forums for such work. Papers that address isolated agent
capabilities (such as planning or learning) are similarly discouraged,
unless they are placed in the overall context of autonomous agents.
Evaluation of agents or multi-agent systems will be considered a
desireable component of each submission.
In addition to conventional conference papers, we strongly encourage
the submission of papers that focus on implemented systems or software
prototypes. These papers require a demonstration of the software
prototype at the conference and should include a detailed
project/system description specifying hw/sw features and requirements.
A clear description of the application domain(s) and other
implementational/system oriented attributes should be included in the
paper. Accepted software prototype papers will be presented within a
special track at the conference along with the implemented system.
The papers will also be reviewed specifically for the special track.
Exciting robot demos will also be presented as part of the Agents 2001
Robot Program, providing an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate
state-of-the-art research, to share ideas and technology from the very
broad research perspectives addressed by the Agents scientific
community, and to increase awareness of the key challenges in
designing autonomous robotic agents. We encourage teams from
universities and other research laboratories to participate.
Information about the Robot Program and associated travel assistance
is found on the Autonomous Agents web page.
Furthermore the conference will include internationally known invited
speakers and an exhibits session. More generally, the conference will
strive towards an informal atmosphere with plenty of time for
presentations, questions, and discussions. Accepted papers and
posters will be formally published in a Conference Proceedings. A
limited number of student scholarships will be available.