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CALL FOR PAPERS

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1st Workshop on Actors, Agents, Assistants, Avatars (4A'20)
https://www.fedcsis.org/2020/4a

Organized within the framework of the Federated Conference on Computer 
Science and Information Systems (FedCSIS 2020), Track 2

Sofia, Bulgaria, 6-9 September, 2020
http://www.fedcsis.org/
https://www.fedcsis.org/2020/css

************************* COVID-19 Information *************************

Taking into account lack of certainty that it will be possible to 
organize the conference on-site (in Sofia) in September, we have decided 
that there is no other way but to organize the conference 100% 
telepresence/video-based. This decision makes us very sad, but we 
believe that this is the best one we can make. This decision has 
consequences. First, the new conference fee has been reduced to 150 euro 
(for each contributed and accepted paper). Second, since we do not have 
to deal with local arrangements, we can use the extra time and we have 
established the new submission deadline. It is now July 3, 2020 for the 
regular papers. We are looking forward to e-meet you.

FedCSIS organizers

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The field of, broadly understood, agent technology is undergoing rapid 
changes. What was once envisioned, primarily, in research papers becomes 
reality. Over last few years we observe proliferation of personal 
assistants and avatars (sometimes considered under a joint umbrella of 
ChatBots). For instance, consider Siri, Cortana, Amazon Echo, or Google 
Assistant (to name the most popular). They can help in different 
activities, but a lot of work remains before they reach full potential. 
Furthermore, actors start to materialize in real-world applications – as 
a promising approach to implement large-scale distributed systems. It is 
also worthy noticing that avatars, humans and smart things can cooperate 
as a community that instantiates, contributes to and exploits various 
aspects of collective intelligence. Here, observe that agents can play 
very relevant role in the context of implementing, for example, 
intelligence of smart devices, which interact with each other and with 
humans, by common communication channels and, possibly even, social 
networks. At the same time, software tools that can be used to realize 
4A systems have reached maturity and are surrounded by active user 
communities.

Topics
To recognize the current trends we have decided to develop a new 
workshop that will cover all aspects concerning the 4A’s. Therefore, we 
welcome submissions of original papers concerning the following topics 
(the list is not exhaustive and deliberately provided on a meta-level):

* Actors, as an approach to design and (efficiently) implement 
distributed systems
* Current perspectives on software agents and multi-agent systems
* Design and implementation of assistants
* ChatBot design, implementation and use • Avatars for today and tomorrow
* Theoretical foundations of 4A-based systems • 4A-based simulations 
(with application to real-world use cases, in particular)
* Case studies, applications and experiences with 4A’s (in real-world, 
in particular)

Demo Session
A special session devoted to demonstration of working prototypes is 
planned. Special recognition for the best demo will be given.

Paper submission
- Authors should submit draft papers (as Postscript, PDF or MSWord file).
- The total length of a paper should not exceed 10 pages IEEE style 
(including tables, figures and references). IEEE style templates are 
available here.
- Papers will be refereed and accepted on the basis of their scientific 
merit and relevance to the workshop.
- Preprints containing accepted papers will be published on a USB memory 
stick provided to the FedCSIS participants.
- Only papers presented at the conference will be published in 
Conference Proceedings and submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® 
database.
- Conference proceedings will be published in a volume with ISBN, ISSN 
and DOI numbers and posted at the conference WWW site.
- Conference proceedings will be indexed in BazEkon and submitted for 
indexation in: Thomson Reuters - Conference Proceedings Citation Index, 
SciVerse Scopus, Inspec, Index Copernicus, DBLP Computer Science 
Bibliography and Google Scholar
- Extended versions of selected papers presented during the conference 
will be invited to the Special Issue of:
** Scalable Computing; Practice and Experience
** Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling (publication fee waiver for the 
papers that are going to be selected is expected)
** Multiagent and Grid Systems

Organizers reserve right to move accepted papers between FedCSIS events.


Important dates
+ Paper submission (strict deadline): 		July 3, 2020, 23:59:59 pm HST
								(there will be no extension)
+ Position paper submission: 				July 17, 2020
+ Author notification: 					August 1, 2020
+ Final paper submission, registration and payment: 	August 14, 2020
+ Conference date: 					September 6-9, 2020


Program Committee
Agotnes, Thomas, University of Bergen, Norway
Ambroszkiewicz, Stanislaw, Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy 
of Sciences, Poland
Barseghyan, Artak, Yerevan, Armenia
Braubach, Lars, University of Hamburg, Germany
Budimac, Zoran, Faculty of Sciences, Univ. of Novi Sad, Serbia
Byrski, Aleksander, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Cabri, Giacomo, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Florea, Adina, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania
Jedrzejowicz, Piotr, Gdynia Maritime University, Poland
Jezic, Gordan, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Kaleta, Mariusz, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Kruczkiewicz, Zofia, Wrocław University of Technology, Poland
Kusek, Mario, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering 
and Computing, Croatia
Leszczyna, Rafal, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Letia, Ioan Alfred, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Montangero , Manuela
Morge, Maxime, Université de Lille, France
Negru, Viorel, West University of Timisoara, Romania
Neruda, Roman, Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Sciences of the 
Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Ngoc-Thanh, Nguyen, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland
Niazi, Muaz, COSMOSE Research Group, COMSATS Institute of IT, Pakistan
Oliveira, Eugenio, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
Omicini, Andrea, Alma Mater Studiorum–Universita di Bologna, Italy
Oren, Nir, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Ouedraogo, Moussa, Public Research Centre Henri Tudor, Luxembourg
Paik, Incheon, University of Aizu, Japan
Poggi, Agostino, DII - University of Parma, Italy
Pokahr, Alexander, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr 
Hamburg, Germany
Rahimi, Shahram, Southern Illinois University, United States
Rimassa, Giovanni, Whitestein Technologies AG, Switzerland
Rykowski, Jarogniew, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
Sakellariou, Ilias, University of Macedonia, Greece
Santoro, Corrado, University of Catania, Italy
Schaefer, Robert, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Senatore, Sabrina, DIEM University of Salerno, Italy
Tang, Yuqing, Carnegie Mellon University, United States
Thimm, Matthias, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Venticinque, Salvatore, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Italy
Vouros, George, University of Piraeus, Greece
Wahjudi, Paulus, Marshall Unviersity, United States

Event Chairs
Badica, Costin, University of Craiova, Romania
Ganzha, Maria, Warsaw University of Tecnoogy, Poland
Ivanović, Mirjana, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Paprzycki, Marcin, Systems Research Institute Polish Academy of 
Sciences, Poland
Unland, Rainer, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

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