Overview of A2HC 2010
Multi-agent systems are one of the most exciting research areas in Artificial Intelligence. In the last ten years there has been agrowing interest in the application of agent-based systems in health care, and it has been argued that the properties of agents fit very well with the usual chracteristics of the problems found in health care.
The first specialised workshop on this area was held at Autonomous Agents '2000; several other workshops have followed since then, including three ECAI workshops in 2002, 2004 and 2006. 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.
The field is now starting to have some academic maturity, and 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.
In this occassion, the VI Workshop on Agents Applied in Health Care will be held in conjuntion with the eHealth 2010 International Conference
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
All accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings (LNICST), distributed at the event.
Moreover, best papers from both eHealth and workshops will be invited to extend the works for a special issue of the ICTS Transactions on e-Health (by Springer)
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)
First workshop on agents applied in health care - 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 were published in a special issue of AI Communications (Ed: A.Moreno, Vol.16, No.3, 2003).
Second workshop on agents applied in health care - 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 were published in a special issue of AI Communications (Ed: John Nealon, Vol. 18, No.3, 2005).
Third workshop on agents applied in health care - IJCAI 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Organised by Antonio Moreno (URV), Ulises Cortés (UPC) and John Nealon (OBU). Expanded versions of selected papers were published in a special issue of IEEE Intelligent Systems (Ed: A.Moreno, Vol. 21, No.6, December 2006).
Fourth workshop on agents applied in health care - ECAI 2006 in Riva del Garda, Italy. Organised by Antonio Moreno (URV), Ulises Cortés (UPC), Roberta Annicchiarico (Fondazione Santa Lucia, FSL) and John Nealon (OBU). Expanded versions of selected papers were published in the book Agent technology and e-health (Eds: R.Annicchiarico, U.Cortés, C.Urdiales), Whitestein series in Software Agent Technologies and Autonomic Computing, 2007.
Fifth workshop on agents applied in health care - AAMAS 2008 in Estoril, Portugal. Organised by Antonio Moreno (URV), Ulises Cortes (UPC) and Roberta Annicchiarico (FSL).