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Category:   E-Announce
Subject:   Second CLIMA Contest
Email:   event_(on)_in.tu-clausthal.de
Date received:   19 Jan 2006
Deadline:   10 Feb 2006
Start date:   08 May 2006

=================== Call for Submissions ===================== Second CLIMA Contest in association with CLIMA VII / AAMAS 2006 May 8 2006 Future University, Hakodate, Japan http://cig.in.tu-clausthal.de/CLIMAContest/ =============================================================== Aim and Scope: This competition is an attempt to stimulate research in the area of multi-agent systems by 1- identifying key problems and 2- collecting suitable benchmarks that can serve as milestones for testing new approaches and techniques from computational logics. While there exist several competitions in various parts of artificial intelligence (theorem proving, planning, robo-cup etc) and, lately, also in specialised areas in agent systems (trading agents), the emphasis of this contest is on the use of 'computational logic' in (multi-)agent systems. We expect to promote the development of multi-agent systems by first identifying difficult problems and then finding solutions by comparing different approaches from computational logic for solving them. While this idea seems very appealing, it is not an easy task to come up with a particular scenario that serves as a basis for a contest. Such a scenario should be generic enough to be applicable for a wide range of techniques of computational logic, but it should also be precise enough so that different approaches can be tested and compared against each other. * Scenario description This competition is organised as part of CLIMA VII and consists of developing multi-agent systems to solve a cooperative task in a dynamically changing environment. The environment of the multi-agent system is a grid-like world where agents can move from one cell to a neighbouring cell if there is no agent or obstacle already in that cell. In this environment, gold can appear in the cells. Participating agent teams explore the environment, avoid obstacles and compete with another agent team for the gold in the environment. The agents of each team coordinate their actions in order to collect as much gold as they can and to deliver it to the depot where the gold is safely stored. Each agent is located in the grid environment and can perceive 1) its absolute positions in the grid environment, and 2) the content of its surrounding cells including the cell in which the agent is currently standing (9 cells in total). Agents have only a local view on their environment, their perceptions can be incomplete, and their actions may fail. The agents may have/play different roles (such as explorer or collector), communicate and cooperate in order to find and collect gold in an efficient and effective way. In this contest, participating agent teams will be randomly divided into groups. Each team from one group will compete against all other teams in the same group in a series of matches. The winners from these groups form new groups. Each team in a new group will again play against all other teams in the group in a series of matches. Each match between two competing teams will consist of several (odd number of) simulations. A simulation between two teams is a competition between them with respect to a certain starting configuration of the environment. Winning a simulation yields 3 points for the team, draw 1 point and loss 0. The winner of the whole tournament is evaluated on the basis of the overall number of collected points in the matches during the tournament. We encourage submissions that specify and design a multi-agent system in terms of high-level concepts such as goals, beliefs, plans, roles, communication, coordination, negotiation, and dialogue in order to generate an efficient and effective solution for the above mentioned application. Moreover, the use of computational logic techniques (e.g., logic programming, formal calculi, etc.)in the implementations of multi-agent system is appreciated. A challenge of this competition is to use computational logic techniques to provide implemented models for the abstract concepts that are used in the specification and design of multi-agent systems. These implemented models should be integrated to implement the above-mentioned application intuitively, directly, and effectively. * Participation requirements: The participation in this contest consists of two parts: 1- Submission of the description of analysis, design and implementation of a multi-agent system for the above application. Existing multi-agent system methodologies such as Gaia, Prometheus or Tropos can be used (not demanded) to describe the analysis and design of the system. For the description of the implementation, it should be explained how the design is implemented. This can be done by explaining, for example, which computational logic techniques are used to implement certain aspects of the multi-agent system (including issues related to individual agents). The maximum length of this description is 5 pages according to the LNCS format. 2) Participation in the contest tournament by means of an (executable) implementation of a multi-agent system. The agents from each participating multi-agent systems (agent teams) will be executed locally (on the participant's hardware) while the simulated environment, in which all agents from competing teams perform actions, is run on the remote contest simulation server. The interaction/communication between agents from one team should be managed locally, but the interaction between individual agents and their environment (run on the simulation server) will be via Internet. Participating agents connect to the simulation server that provides the information about the environment. Each agent from each team should connect and communicate to the simulation server using one TCP connection. Furthertechnical details on how to participate in this contest can be found on the contest webpage (http://cig.in.tu-clausthal.de/CLIMAContest/). The source code together with instructions on how to install it including precise instructions on software and hardware requirements should be submitted just before the competition starts. * How To Submit: Please submit a 5 page description of your solution to Mehdi Dastani (mehdi_(on)_cs.uu.nl). Several days before the start of the competition, the contest organisers will contact participants via e-mail with details on time and Internet coordinates (IP addresses/ports) of the simulation server. * Important Dates: * Submission of the description : February 10, 2006 * Notification : February 24, 2006 * Camera-Ready of the description : March 10, 2006 * Competition : TBA (in April) * Winner announcement : May 8, 2006 (at CLIMA) * Winning Criteria: The winner of the contest will be the best performing team with the highest number of points from the tournament. The original, innovative, and effective application of computational logic techniques in solving specific multi-agent issues identified in this application will influence the final decision. -- Mehdi Dastani Intelligent Systems Group Utrecht University P.O.Box 80.089 3508 TB Utrecht The Netherlands Tel: +31 - 30 - 253 3599 Fax: +31 - 30 - 251 3791 URL: http://www.cs.uu.nl/%7Emehdi Computational Intelligence Group Department of Computer Science Clausthal University of Technology Germany http://cig.in.tu-clausthal.de/ _______________________________________________ Elsnet-list mailing list Elsnet-list_(on)_elsnet.org http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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