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HoloMAS 2005

2nd International Conference on
Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems

22-24 August 2005, Copenhagen, Denmark
in conjunction with DEXA 2005 events


Holonic and multi-agent systems provide a novel paradigm for managing, modelling and supporting complex systems. This concept has proved to be successful in number of industrial domains such as manufacturing, resource allocation and production planning, air traffic.
The conference aims to bring together researchers active in the area of holonic and multi-agent systems together with key engineers and industrial decision makers to share their views and experience in design, development and applying holonic and multi-agent systems for industrial problems.
The conference will be prepared in cooperation with the EU Network of Excellence I*PROMS.
Due to increasing interest from research and industry, HoloMAS have been converted to a conference in 2003 (held in Prague) after a successful series of HoloMAS workshops (London 2000, Munich 2001, Aix-en-Provence 2002).
Unlike many other events this conference is neither purely theoretical or purely industrial meeting. We encourage submissions of papers that present an industrial exploitation of fundamental research concepts, or presentation of algorithms and techniques with clearly specified potentials of an early industry adoption. The papers will be rigorously reviewed and assessed according to the research quality, maturity of the presented research results and the relevance to the conference.

SUGGESTED TOPICS (but not limited to):

* Theoretical backgrounds behind holonic/agent concepts
* Industrial applications of holonic and multi-agent systems
* Specification of holonic and agent-based architectures and design methodologies
* Differences and similarities between the concept of holons and agents
* Communication principles and standards

* Virtual organisations & holonic factories - reconfigurable factories
* Agent-based system integration
* Modelling and simulation tools
* Reconfiguration tasks, coalition formation, knowledge ontologies
* Novel application areas (health-care, environmental protection, government)
* Visions and future trends of holonic and multi-agent systems
* Standardisation issues, security issues, industrial needs
* Obstacles and barriers to industrial applicability


Authors are invited to submit research contributions or critiques of practical experience. Papers (in English) should not exceed 10 pages in Springer Verlag format. Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically to the conference web site. All accepted conference papers will be published in the conference proceedings in "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" (LNCS) series by Springer Verlag.


1. Submission deadline: February 28,2005

2. Acceptance notice : April 15, 2005
3. Camera-ready copies: May 15, 2005


  • Vladimir Marik; Czech Technical University in Prague/Rockwell Automation, CZ
  • Robert W. Brennan; University of Calgary, Canada
  • Michal Pechoucek; Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic


Jose Barata; Universidade Nova de Lisboa, P

Vicente Botti; Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, SP
Jeff Bradshaw; University of West Florida, USA
Monique Calisti; Whitestein Technologies, CH
Luis Camarinha-Matos; Universidade Nova de Lisboa, P
Armando Colombo; Schneider Group, FR
Misbah Deen; University of Keele, UK
Kurt Fessl; Profactor, A
Klaus Fischer; DFKI GmbH, D
Martyn Fletcher; Agent Oriented Software Ltd, UK

William Gruver; Simon Fraser University, CAN
Kenwood Hall; Rockwell Automation, USA
Matthias Klusch; DFKI GmbH, D
Dilip Kotak; National Research Council of Canada, CAN
Francisco Maturana; Rockwell Automation, USA
Duncan McFarlane; Cambridge University, UK
Gerard Morel; CRAN, F
Joerg Mueller; Siemens AG, D
Douglas Norrie; University of Calgary, CAN

Gregory Provan; Cork College, Ireland
Leonid Sheremetov; Mexican Oil Institute, MEX
Alexander Smirnov; SPIIRAS, RUS
Shinsuke Tamura; Fukui University, JPN
Ambalavanar Tharumarajah; CSIRO, AUS
Paul Valckenaers; Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, B
Hendrik Van Brussel; Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, B
Edwin H Van Leeuwen; BHP-Billiton, AUS
Tomas Vlcek; Czech Technical University, CZ

Pavel Vrba; Rockwell Automation, CZ
Valeriy Vyatkin; M.Luther University, Halle, D
Peer-Oliver Woelk; IFW, University of Hannover, D


Prof. Vladimir Marik
Czech Technical University in Prague
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Department of Cybernetics (K13133)
Technicka 2, 166 27, Prague 6
Czech Republic

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