"Agents, Web Services and Ontologies: Integrated Methodologies", Special Issue of the
Multiagent and Grid Systems International Journal: Call for Papers
Matteo Baldoni (baldoni [at] di [dot] unito [dot] it) URL: http://www.di.unito.it/~baldoni
Cristina Baroglio (baroglio [at] di [dot] unito [dot] it
Viviana Mascardi (mascardi [at] disi [dot] unige [dot] it)
AIMS OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE
The realisation of distributed, open, dynamic, and heterogeneous software systems is a challenge that involves many facets, from formal theories to software engineering and practical applications. Scientists in various research areas are attacking this problem from different perspectives.
In particular, in the last years service-oriented software technologies, and especially Web Services, have been gaining popularity, becoming a leading paradigm in the development of IT solutions. The current web service technology, however, does not yet supply valid methodologies for developing cross-enterprise systems which require complex interactions among the parties nor it supports the automatic retrieval and composition of web services as well as desired. These issues, actually, demand for semantic descriptions and for a formal representation of organizational aspects that are at the heart of research in other fields, such as Agents and Multi-Agent Systems and Ontologies, where the concepts of autonomy, proactivity, heterogeneity, interaction, inference, flexibility, semantic matching have a central role.
Each of the mentioned research fields has its specific competencies, among them:
This Special Issue attempts to collect and compare such diverse experiences with the aim of fostering cross-fertilization. It is not necessary that the submitted works tackle all of the mentioned aspects, but emphasis on inter-connections between the fields will be appreciated.
This Special Issue is a follow-up of the MALLOW-AWESOME'007 workshop, held at Durham, UK in September 2007 (http://awesome007.disi.unige.it), which has provided a discussion forum for researchers working on Agents, Web Services, and Ontologies. A selection of extended and revised works presented at the workshop will be considered for publication, together with new works, which have not been presented at MALLOW-AWESOME and that will be submitted by answering to this call.
Topics of interest are all those concerned with integrated and/or cross-field approaches for engineering Agents, Web Services, Ontologies. They include, but are not limited to:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
If you mean to contribute to the special issue, please, send an email, containing tentative title, authors, short abstract, and keywords, to the guest editors as soon as possible (and no later than January, 15th, 2008).
Manuscripts must be formatted according to the guidelines that can be retrieved through the link http://www.iospress.nl/html/15741702.php .
Notice that paper submission is to be done by email to the guest editors and not by means of the IOS Press submission system, which can be used only for papers that are not to be included in a special issue.
Deadline for abstracts: January, 15th, 2008.