Pittsburgh

Fourth Americas School on Agents and Multiagent Systems

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

July 7 - July 10, 2005

To be held in conjunction with
Twentieth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI 2005)

Motivation

Description

Registration

Venue

Schedule

Poster Session

Previous Years

Program Chairs

Advisory Committee

Contact

Sponsors

Poster Advertisement (pdf)

Motivation

The past few years have seen a revolution in the field of Agents and Multiagent Systems. With several major conferences, journals, international competitions and other significant events, there has been an exponential growth in the field. Major new theoretical foundations are emerging, and there is an exciting growth in practical applications. And, future prospects seem even more exhilarating. As new generations of graduate students immerse themselves in this field, it is critical to educate them in the fundamentals of this rapidly growing area.

Description

The Americas School on Agents and Multiagent Systems is a yearly event aimed at orienting new graduate students in the field of Agents and Multiagent Systems. The events of previous years were well attended and highly successful. They featured tutorials given by some of the top agents researchers in the world, offering the students the opportunity to interact with some of the best scientists in the field today.

The Fourth Americas School on Agents and Multiagent Systems will build on the success of the previous years. As before, the School will consist of four days of tutorials primarily intended for graduate students from around the world (see the schedule for details), but with a particular focus on students in North and South America. (Undergraduate students may be allowed, provided they submit a letter from an advisor recommending them as qualified for this school, and non-student attendees are also welcome to apply).

Registration

Registration Process: In order to pre-register, please email your name, affiliation and current position (PhD student, Masters Student, Undergraduate, Industry, or specify other) to Jay Modi (pmodi@cs.cmu.edu). The deadline for application is May 10 2005. Registration has been extended until May 24 2005.

Registration now open!

Cost: The total fee for the Agents School will be USD$250, which will include all Agents School sessions, the AAAI-05 technical registration (~ $185 value) and Tutorial Forum. You must be a student and a member of AAAI in order to register at this rate. Rates for non-student applicants are also available.

Financial Aid: There will be limited financial aid available from the School. For travel support, students are highly encouraged to apply to the Student Volunteer Program offered by AAAI. The deadline for AAAI volunteer applications is April 29, 2005. To apply for financial aid from the School, please also email a copy of this application to Jay Modi (pmodi@cs.cmu.edu).

Schedule

The America's School runs over four days. The first two days, which take place directly before AAAI 2005, will consist of special lectures given by internationally recognized Agents and Multiagent Systems researchers. These lectures are meant to give students a broad overview of key important topics in the field of Agents and Multiagent Systems. For the second two days, students will attend tutorials from the AAAI 2005 Tutorials Program. Other events to be scheduled include a social program and poster session.

Thursday July 7th

9:00 - 10:30 Introduction to Agents and Multiagent Systems Jay Modi (Carnegie Mellon University) and Gal Kaminka (Bar Ilan University)
11:00 - 12:30 Multi-Robot Teams Manuela Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University)
2:00 - 3:30 Robust Agents for Services Michael Huhns (University of South Carolina) [slides]
4:00 - 5:30 Software Agents for the Real World Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon University)

Friday July 8th

9:00 - 10:30 Learning and Planning in Markov Environments Michael Littman (Rutgers University)
11:00 - 12:30 Auction-Based Agent Coordination Sven Koenig (University of Southern California)
2:00 - 3:30 Agents for Space Exploration Steve Chien (NASA/JPL) [slides]
4:00 - 5:30 Information Agents Craig Knoblock (University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute) [slides]
6:00 - 8:00 Reception and Poster Session To be held in Newell Simon Atrium

Saturday July 9th

9:00 - 1:00 Multiagent Planning: A Survey of Research and Applications (SA4) Bradley Clement (NASA/JPL) and Keith Decker (University of Delaware)
2:00 - 6:00 Market Clearing Algorithms (SP1) Tuomas Sandholm (Carnegie Mellon University)

Sunday July 10th

9:00 - 1:00 Empirical Methods for Artificial Intelligence (UA1) Paul Cohen (University of Southern California/Information Sciences Institute)
3:00 - 5:00 Tour of the Robotics Institute
5:30 - 7:30 School Commencement BBQ

Poster Session

On the second evening of the Agents School we are planning to have a Poster Session where school participants are invited and encouraged to present their initial work or even just some ideas. The Poster Session will include a dinner and will be attended by many of the speakers presenting at the school as well as by other Professors from the Robotics Institute. This session will provide an ideal opportunity to get important feedback on your ideas both from your peers and from top researchers.

As an additional incentive to make a good poster a distinguished judging panel will be presenting a plaque to the best poster and the winner will get an honorable mention in a future AI Magazine. Lots of technical results are not required to win this award, but exciting ideas should be clearly motivated and presented.

We will make large poster boards available but if you need anything different, including computer monitors or the like for small demonstrations, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Venue

The first two days of the school (and part of the fourth day) will be held in Newell-Simon Hall at the Robotics Institute on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Directions and information on the venue can be found here.

Lectures will be held in Michael Mauldin Auditorium, Newell-Simon Hall 1305.

The second two days of talks will be held at the AAAI conference site, The Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Note that the Carnegie Mellon campus is about three miles from the Westin center, but can be easily traveled by public transportation. Feasible options are to stay either near CMU or near the Westin, and travel between the locations by bus. Board the 61A B or C bus which has multiple stops near the convention center and also stops directly in front of the Carnegie Mellon campus on Forbes Avenue. More information on bus travel can be found here.

  • A detailed schedule and route map for the 61A bus is here.

  • A detailed schedule and route map for the 100 bus is here.

  • A map of the CMU campus is here.

Information about getting to Pittsburgh can be found here.

Previous Years

Program Chairs

Advisory Committee

  • Barbara Grosz, Harvard University
  • Randall W. Hill, Jr., University of Southern California
  • Sven Koenig, University of Southern California
  • Michael van Lent, University of Southern California
  • Victor Lesser, University of Massachusetts
  • Simon Parsons, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Katia Sycara, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Milind Tambe, University of Southern California
  • Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University

Contact

Pragnesh Jay Modi 
Department of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University 
Pittsburgh PA 15213
e-mail: pmodi@cs.cmu.edu

Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsorship of the School by the following: