Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Fundamentals of Multiagent Systems with Netlogo Examples

Below is my textbook on multiagent systems which I have been writing and using since 2004 or so. I constantly update it every time I teach the class again and as new algorithms appear. I use NetLogo examples to bring to life the various algorithms. You can visit my MAS netlogo page to see these and other example programs.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Journal CFP: Social Choice

Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (Springer) Special Issue on Computational Social Choice

Computational social choice is a new interdisciplinary research area at the intersection of social choice theory and computer science that studies computational aspects of social choice mechanisms as well as applications of social choice ideas in the design and analysis of computing systems.

The aim of this special issue is to build on the spectacular success of two workshops in computational social choice (COMSOC'06, Amsterdam and COMSOC'08, Liverpool), and provide a forum for reseachers in the area to present their ideas on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Algorithmic aspects of voting rules
  • Computational barriers to strategic behaviour
  • Collective decision-making in multi-agent systems
  • Preference elicitation and communication issues in voting
  • Fair division
  • Computational aspects of weighted voting games
  • Collective decision-making in combinatorial domains
  • Logic-based formalisms for social choice problems
  • Belief and judgement aggregation
  • Social software

We encourage submissions of high quality, original papers which are not simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers should be formatted according to the journal style, and not exceed 20 pages including figures, references, etc. The papers must be submitted via the journal webpage: When submitting your manuscript, please choose article type: 'SpIss:Social Choice; Elkind'.


  • Manuscript submission deadline: February 15, 2009
  • Notification due date: June 15, 2009
  • Camera-ready manuscript due date: July 15, 2009
  • Publication: December 2009

Guest editors:
Edith Elkind (University of Southampton, United Kingdom),
Jerome Lang (LAMSADE, Universite Paris-Dauphine, France),

A PDF version of this announcement is available at

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Semantic Web Podcast

The always fun Software Engineering Radio podcast has a new episode where they interview James Hendler on the Semantic Web. It is a good introduction and goes into some of the technical details on how the various standards work together.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

And, we're back

As you can see, things look different now. The old website was deleted by my old service (non)-provider and I lost all the old postings. I have now moved to blogger. Hopefully the Google will treat me better.