First call for papers - AAMAS 2008 workshop
5th Workshop on Agents Applied in Health Care
Multi-agent systems are one of the most exciting research areas in Artificial Intelligence. In the last eight years there has been a growing interest in the application of agent-based systems in health care. The first specialised workshop on this area was held at Autonomous Agents '2000 in
Barcelona, Spain; several other workshops and special issues of journals have followed since then. Moreover, a growing European community of researchers interested in the application of intelligent agents in health care emerged as a result of the activities
within the AgentCities European project and the AgentLink III Technical Forum Group on Healthcare Applications of Intelligent Agents. Thus, it may now be a good time for the specialists in the field to meet and report on the results achieved in this area, to discuss the benefits (and drawbacks) that
agent-based systems may bring to medical domains, and also to provide a list of the research topics that should be tackled in the near future to make the deployment of health-care agent-based systems a reality.
This one-day workshop will incorporate two novel aspects with respect to related workshops held in the last years:
- Special efforts will be devoted to try to attract the attention of health care specialists, so that they attend the workshop and realise the potential benefits of agent technology (a medical doctor is part of the organising committee).
- The organising committee will also pay special attention to papers describing applications which are not just academic, but are already deployed and running in a real medical environment. Patient-centered applications are welcome.
Submitted papers and demos should address at least one of the following issues:
- Co-operation between intelligent agents to improve patient management (e.g. distributed patient scheduling).
- Agents that provide remote or elderly care delivery.
- Agents that provide information about medical services.
- Multi-agent systems for patient monitoring and diagnosis.
- Agent-based execution of clinical guidelines.
- Successful applications of agents and multi-agent systems in health care.
- Multi-agent systems that improve medical training or education (e.g. tutoring systems).
- Patient-centered agent-based applications.
- Medical agent-based decision support systems.
- Information agents that gather, compile and organise medical knowledge available on Internet.
- Solutions to the basic methodological and technological problems associated to the real deployment of health-care agent-based systems:
- Security, privacy of medical data.
- Social acceptance of agent-based systems.
- Lack of common medical ontologies.
- Lack of centralised control.
- Communication standards.
- Integration with other types of software.
- Legal and ethical issues related to the use of agents in health care.
- Surveys providing an up to date view of the state of the art in the area of agents in health care.
Submissions must be sent in PDF format to the workshop contact person. They must be formatted following the guidelines of the main AAMAS conference. Papers must not be longer than 8 pages.
The workshop organisers would appreciate that anyone intending to submit a paper to the workshop communicates this intention before January 10th to the workshop contact person.
Previous editions of the workshop
- First workshop on agents applied in health care at ECAI 2002 in Lyon, France.
Organised by Antonio Moreno (Univ. Rovira i Virgili, URV), Ulises Cortés (Technical Univ. of Catalonia, UPC) and John Fox (Cancer Research UK, CRUK).
Expanded versions of selected papers published in a special issue of AI Communications (Ed: A.Moreno, 2003).
- Second workshop on agents applied in health care at ECAI 2004 in Valencia, Spain.
Organised by Antonio Moreno (URV), Ulises Cortés (UPC), John Nealon (Oxford Brookes University, OBU) and John Fox (CRUK).
Expanded versions of selected papers published in a special issue of AI Communications (Ed: J.Nealon, 2005).
- Third workshop on agents applied in health care at IJCAI 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Organised by Antonio Moreno (URV), Ulises Cortés (UPC) and John Nealon (OBU).
Expanded versions of selected papers published in a special issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems (Ed: A.Moreno, December 2006).
- Fourth workshop on agents applied in health care at ECAI 2006 in Riva del Garda, Italy.
Organised by Antonio Moreno (URV), Ulises Cortés (UPC), Roberta Annicchiarico (Fondazione Santa Lucia) and John Nealon (OBU).
Expanded versions of selected papers published in a volume of the Whitestein series in Software Agent Technologies and Autonomic Computing (Eds: U.Cortés, R.Annicchiarico, December 2007).
Preliminary workshop agenda and organising schedule
The workshop will feature some of the following activities:
- 1-2 invited presentations by international experts in the field
- Presentation of state-of-the-art papers with the latest developments in the field.
- Presentation of review-style papers.
- Demos of practical applications of MAS in health care.
- Panel discussion of the main problems that have to be faced to deploy real agent-based health-care applications.
- February 3rd, 2008: Deadline for paper submission
- February 25th, 2008: Notifications of acceptance/rejection sent
- March 3rd, 2008: Deadline for sending camera-ready papers to workshop organisers
- May 12th or 13th: Workshop
- Summer-Autumn 2008: Possibility of publishing revised and expanded versions of selected papers in a special issue of an appropriate scientific journal
All the submitted papers will be revised by at least three members of the Program Committee. The main aspects to be reviewed will be originality, technical accuracy and relevance to the workshop.
- Antonio Moreno (contact person)
Computer Science and Mathematics Department
University Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain.
- Ulises Cortés
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain
- Roberta Annicchiarico
IRCCS- Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico
Fondazione Santa Lucia, Rome, Italy
- Monique Calisti, Whitestein, Switzerland
- Fabio Campana, Azienda Sanitaria Locale Roma B, Italy
- Frank Dignum, Univ. Utrecht, The Netherlands
- Jesús Favela, CICESE research centre, USA
- Patty Koskova, City University, UK
- Lenka Lhotska, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
- Magí Lluch, Microart, Spain
- Mike Luck, King's College, UK
- Sasha Ossowski, Univ. Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
- Julian Padget, Univ. of Bath, UK
- Pancho Tolchinski, Technical Univ. of Catalonia, Spain
- Aida Valls, Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Spain
- Laszlo Varga, SZTAKI, Hungary
- Javier Vázquez-Salceda, Technical Univ. of Catalonia, Spain