HoloMAS 2003

1st International Conference on
Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems
September 1-3, 2003

in conjunction with

DEXA 2003 Events
September 1-5, 2003, Prague, Czech Republic


Holonic and multi-agent systems provide a novel paradigm for managing, modelling and supporting complex systems. This concept has proved to be successful in number of industrial domains such as manufacturing, resource allocation and production planning, air traffic.

The conference aims to bring together researchers active in the area of holonic and multi-agent systems together with key engineers and industrial decision makers to share their views and experience in design, development and applying holonic and multi-agent systems for industrial problems.

After the success of the workshop HoloMAS 2000 (Greenwich), workshop HoloMAS 2001 (Munich) and HoloMAS 2002 (Aix en Provence), this HoloMAS event will take the form of a conference and will take place in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag in LNCS series.

SUGGESTED TOPICS (but not limited to):

  • Theoretical backgrounds behind holonic/agent concepts
  • Industrial applications of holonic and multi-agent systems (case-studies are specially appreciated)
  • Specification of holonic and agent-based architectures and design methodologies
  • Differences and similarities between the concept of holons and agents
  • Communication principles and standards
  • Virtual organisations & holonic factories - reconfigurable factories
  • Agent-based system integration
  • Modeling and simulation tools
  • Reconfiguration tasks, coalition formation, knowledge ontologies
  • Novel application areas (health-care, environmental protection, government, humanitarian missions)
  • Visions and future trends of holonic and multi-agent systems
  • Standardization issues, security issues, industrial needs
  • Obstacles and barriers to industrial applicability


Authors are invited to submit research contributions or critiques of practical experience in English. Papers should not exceed 10 pages in Springer Verlag format. Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically to the conference web site.

Extended Submission Deadline: March 17, 2003
Acceptance Notice: April 15, 2003
Camera-ready Copies: May 15, 2003
Registration Deadline for Authors: June 10, 2003

Vladimir Marik Czech Technical University in Prague/Rockwell Automation, Czech Republic
Duncan McFarlane University of Cambridge, UK
Paul Valckenaers Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, B

Hamideh Afsarmanesh University of Amsterdam, NL
Franz Auinger Profactor, A
Jose Barata Universidade Nova de Lisboa, P
Jeff Bradshaw University of West Florida, USA
Robert W. Brennan University of Calgary, CAN
Sven Brueckner ALTARUM, USA
Luis Camarinha-Matos Universidade Nova de Lisboa, P
Eduardo Castellano IKERLAN, SP
Armando Colombo Schneider Group, FR
Misbah Deen University of Keele, UK
Klaus Fischer DFKI GmbH, D
Martyn Fletcher Agent Oriented Software Ltd, UK
William Gruver Simon Fraser University, CAN
Kenneth Hall Rockwell Automation, USA
Matthias Klusch DFKI GmbH, D
Dilip Kotak National Research Councill of Canada, CAN
Peter Luh University of Connecticut, USA
Francisco Maturana Rockwell Automation, USA
Gerard Morel CRAN, F
Joerg Mueller Siemens AG, D
Douglas Norrie University of Calgary, CAN
Michal Pechoucek Czech Technical University, CZ
Gregory Provan Rockwell Scientific Company, USA
Leonid Sheremetov Mexican Oil Institute, MEX
Alexander Smirnov SPIIRAS, RUS
Shinsuke Tamura Fukui University, JPN
Ambalavanar Tharumarajah Buddy Co.Ltd, AUS
Mihaela Ulieru University of Calgary, CAN
Hendrik Van Brussel Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, B
Edwin H Van Leeuwen BHP-Billiton, AUS
Tomas Vlcek Czech Technical University, CZ
Michael Zwick IFW, University of Hannover, D


Prof. Dr. Vladimir Marik
address: e-mail: holomas@labe.felk.cvut.cz
Czech Technical University in Prague phone: +(420) 224 357 666
Faculty of Electrical Engineering fax: +(420) 224 923 677
Department of Cybernetics (K333) web: Department of Cybernetics
Technicka 2, 166 27 Prague 6 http://gerstner.felk.cvut.cz/HoloMAS/2003 (2002, 2001, 2000)
Czech Republic http://www.dexa.org/

The conference is supported by the EC grants: ICA1-CT-2000-70002 MIRACLE in the context of the "Centres of Excellence" project and IST-2000- 28221: EUTIST-AMI/ExtraPlanT project.



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