Appel: ESSLLI Workshop on Formal Models of Communication

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Jan 13 22:09:28 UTC 2012

Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:32:29 +0100
From: "A. Herzig" <esslli2012 at>
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Call for papers

Workshop on Formal Models of Communication

European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) 2012

06-10 August, Opole, Poland

Workshop Co-Chairs: Andrew J I Jones (Department of Informatics, King’s
College London) and Steven O Kimbrough (Wharton Business School,
University of Pennsylvania).

Invited Speakers: to be confirmed.

The workshop is organized in conjunction with the activity in SINTELNET
Working Group No. 2, on Communicative Interaction. (SINTELNET is the
European Network for Social Intelligence, FET Open Coordination Action:

Summary of the three principal workshop themes

1. Critical assessment of approaches to ACLs: in multi-agent systems
   research, a number of different approaches have been taken to the
   formal-logical characterisation of Agent Communication Languages
   (ACLs), including the FIPA [2002] language, the commitment-based
   models of Colombetti [2000] and Singh [1998], and the Jones & Parent
   [2007] convention-based approach. (For an overview see Chopra et
   al. [in press].)

2. Theories of signalling: philosophical analyses of communicative
   action, in the tradition of Austin, Grice and Searle, formed the
   principal background to work on ACLs. However, the prospect of
   alternative foundations is emerging from theories of signalling,
   informed by – in particular – games theory and evolutionary
   biology. (See, e.g., Skyrms [2010].)

3. Deception: there exist a number of philosophical and formal-logical
   analyses of deception - see, e.g., Adler [1997], Sakama & Caminada
   [2010].  It would be of interest to compare these with the accounts
   offered in signalling theory, and to raise the question of whether
   the phenomenon of deception has been adequately accommodated in
   models of ACLs.

We invite papers (not exceeding 15-20 pages) on topics relating
principally to one or more of those three themes.

Submission Procedure
papers (pdf) should be submitted to Andrew Jones:
andrewji.jones at

Deadline for submissions: 02 March 2012

Notification: by 01 May 2012

Publication: it is possible that the proceedings of the workshop may be
published in the FOLLI subseries of Springer’s LNCS, or in the Journal
of Logic, Language and Information (JOLLI).


FIPA [2002] FIPA Communicative Act Library Specification.

Colombetti [2000] Colombetti, M., "A commitment-based approach to agent
speech acts and conversations", Proceedings of the Workshop on Agent
Languages and Communication Policies, 4th International Conference on
Autonomous Agents (Agents 2000), Barcelona, Spain, pp.21-29, 2000.

Singh [1998] Singh, M.P., "Agent Communication Languages: Rethinking the
Principles", IEEE Computer 31, 12 (Dec.), pp.40-47, 1998.

Jones & Parent [2007] Andrew J I Jones and Xavier Parent, "A
Convention-based Approach to Agent Communication Languages", Group
Decision and Negotiation 16, pp. 101-14, 2007.

Chopra et al. [in press] Amit Chopra, Alexander Artikis, Jamal Bentahar,

Marco Colombetti, Frank Dignum, Nicola Fornara, Andrew J I Jones,
Munindar P. Singh, Pinar Yolum, "Research Directions in Agent
Communication", ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology,
26 pp., in press.  Skyrms [2010] Brian Skyrms, Signals – Evolution,
Learning & Information, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2010.

Adler [1997] Adler, J.E., "Lying, deceiving, or falsely implicating",
Journal of Philosophy 94(9), pp.435-452, 1997.

Sakama & Caminada [2010] Chiaki Sakama and Martin Caminada, "The Many
Faces of Deception" in: Proceedings of the Thirty Years of Nonmonotonic
Reasoning (NonMon at 30), Lexington, KY, USA, October 2010.

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