11th International Workshop on

Coordination, Organization, Institutions and Norms

in Multi-Agent Systems


Domaine Valpré in Lyon, France, 30th August - 2nd September 2010





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The development of complex AI systems with heterogeneous and diverse knowledge is a challenge. System components must interact, coordinate and collaborate to manage scale and complexity of task environments targeting persistency and maybe, evolution of systems.

Managing scale and complexity requires organized intelligence; in particular intelligence manifested in organizations of agents, by individual strategies or collective behaviour.  System architects have to consider: the inter-operation of heterogeneously designed, developed or discovered components (agents, objects/artefacts, services provided in an open environment); inter-connection which cross legal, temporal, or organizational boundaries; the absence of global objects or centralised controllers; the possibility that components will not comply with the given specifications; and embedding in an environment which is likely to change, with possible impact on individual and collective objectives.

The convergence of the requirement for intelligence with these operational constraints demands: coordination: the collective ability of heterogeneous and autonomous components to arrange or synchronise the performance of specified actions in sequential or temporal order; rational and open organization: a formal structure supporting or producing intentional forms of coordination, capable of managing changes in the environment in which it operates; institution: an organization where (inter alia) the performance of designated actions by empowered agents produces conventional outcomes; and norms: standards or patterns of behaviour in an institution established by decree, agreement, emergence, and so on.

The automation and distribution of intelligence is the subject of study in autonomous agents and multi-agent systems; the automation and distribution of intelligence for coordination, organization, institutions and norms is the specialised interest of COIN@MALLOW2010.


The COIN@MALLOW 2010 workshop is part of the COIN series of workshops.




The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers in autonomous agents and multi-agent systems and other related fields (like web services, semantic web and service oriented architectures), working on the scientific and technological aspects of organizational theory, electronic institutions, norms and computational economies from an organizational or institutional perspective. We seek to attract high-quality papers addressing all mathematical, logical and computational perspectives of, modelling, animation and simulation techniques for  these types of multi-agent systems, addressing also their actual implementation.


Through various information and opinion exchange mechanisms before, during and after the workshop, we hope to generate new ideas, consolidate and develop an (already) active community, highlight future challenges and opportunities, and lead/define (at least part of) the future research agenda.




Topics of particular interest for COIN@MALLOW2010 will include:

·        Organizations, institutions and norms for managing scale, openness and complexity

·        Organizations, institutions and norms and Service Oriented Computing/Architectures;

·        Logics, languages and tools for specifying coordination and norms, implementing or simulating organizations and institutions;

·        Formal lifecycle models: formation, maintenance, and dissolution of organizations and institutions;

·        Laws in electronic institutions: regulatory compliance, penalty and sanctions, dispute resolution and conflict prevention;

·        Agent environments: physical and institutional 'resources' for physical capability and institutional power;

·        Formal methods for specifying coordination and organizational structures; models for verification, validation and visualisation;

·        Non-normative behaviour, error-recovery, and reliable computing with unreliable components;

·        Frameworks and protocols for organised and organisational adaptation;

·        Discovery, openness and inter-operation in organizations and institutions;

·        Analysis of issues in the emergence, evaluation (as fit-for-purpose), compliance to and evolution of norms;

·        Mixed human-agent coordination and institutions in embedded systems and virtual worlds.


NEW Given that we would like to have a very interactive workshop where authors can compare and discuss their ideas we invite also the submission of "position papers" on COIN topics (please add a footnote in the title of the paper to state that it is a position paper). These papers will be included in the preliminary proceedings distributed at the meeting. Revised and extended versions of those papers may be submitted in order to go through another round of the review process and being considered for the 2010 COIN Volume that will be published in the Springer LNCS series (for information on size and format see




•   Pre-Proceedings available


•   Workshop Program


•   List of Accepted Papers


•   The Call for Papers has been publicized (get the PDF file)




  Important Dates:

June 16, 2010: Submission of Papers (Extension)

July 08, 2010: Notification of Acceptance/ Rejection

July 30, 2010: Submission of Camera-Ready Copies

30 Aug – 02 Sept, 2010: Workshop