The Joint Symposium ASA-MA 2000 Department of Computer Science
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Symposium Program

Below you can find a detailed symposium schedule, including all accepted papers and posters. The proceedings have been published by Springer-Verlag in LNCS 1882 and can be found as part of LNCS Online: ASA/MA 2000 Proceedings at SpringerLink. For you convenience, a suitable BibTeX-File is available for download from the following link: asama2000-bibliography.bib. See the separate Tutorials Page for information about the planned tutorials.

Conference Schedule

  Wednesday, September 13  
08:30Registration opens
09:00 Tutorial T1: Mobile Agents Tutorial T2: Coordination
13:30Opening Address: Gerhard Schmitt, ETH Zurich
ETH and ETH World
14:00Invited Talk: Colin Harrison, IBM
Data or Computation - Which Should We Move?
14:45Coffee Break
15:15Session 1: Migration (Chair: David Kotz)
Niranjan Suri, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Maggie R. Breedy, Paul T. Groth, Gregory A. Hill
Strong Mobility and Fine-Grained Resource Control in NOMADS
Takahiro Sakamoto, Tatsurou Sekiguchi, Akinori Yonezawa
Bytecode Transformation for Portable Thread Migration in Java
Eddy Truyen, Bert Robben, Bart Vanhaute, Tim Coninx, Wouter Joosen
Portable Support for Transparent Thread Migration in Java
16:45Short Break
17:00Session 2: Security Issues of Mobile Agents (Chair: Christian Tschudin)
Günter Karjoth
Secure Mobile Agent-Based Merchant Brokering in Distributed Marketplaces
Henning Pagnia, Holger Vogt, Felix C. Gaertner, Uwe G. Wilhelm
Solving Fair Exchange with Mobile Agents

  Thursday, September 14  
08:30Registration opens
09:00Invited Talk: Boi Faltings, EPFL
Making Agents Intelligent
10:00Coffee Break
10:30Session 3: Systems and Applications (Chair: Kurt Rothermel)
Francisco Duran, Steven Eker, Patrick Lincoln, Jose Meseguer
Principles of Mobile Maude
Fabio Kon, Binny Gill, Manish Anand, Roy H. Campbell, M. Dennis Mickunas
Secure Dynamic Reconfiguration of Scalable CORBA Systems with Mobile Agents
Ladislau Boloni, Kyungkoo Jun, Krzysztof Palacz, Radu Sion, Dan Marinescu
The Bond Agent System and Applications
13:00Session 4: Mobile Agent Applications (Chair: Gian Pietro Picco)
Ichiro Satoh
MobiDoc: A Framework for Building Mobile Compound Documents from Hierarchical Mobile Agents
Anand Tripathi, Tanvir Ahmed, Vineet Kakani, Shrematii Jaman
Distributed Collaborations using Network Mobile Agents
Steven Willmott, Boi Faltings
Using Adaptation and Organisational Knowledge to Coordinate Mobile Agents
14:30Coffee Break
15:00Session 5: Applications of Multi Agent Systems (Chair: Geoff Arnold)
Thomas Schetter, Mark Campbell, Derek Surka
TeamAgent for Multiple Agent-based Satellite Constellations (TechSat21)
Paul Davidsson, Magnus Boman
Saving Energy and Providing Value Added Services in Intelligent Buildings: A MAS Approach
Steffen Rothkugel, Peter Sturm
CarPAcities: Distributed Car Pool Agencies in Mobile Networks
16:30Short Break
16:45Poster Sessions
19:00Symposium Banquet

  Friday, September 15  
08:30Registration opens
09:00Session 6: Communication and Mobility Control (Chair: Radu Popescu-Zeletin)
Takahiro Kawamura, Sam Joseph, Akihiko Ohsuga, Shinichi Honiden
Qualitative Evaluation of Pairwise Interaction between Agents
Mudumbai Ranganathan, Marc Bednarek, Doug Montgomery
A Reliable Message Delivery Protocol For Mobile Agents
Hovav Gazit, Israel Ben-Shaul, Ophir Holder
Monitoring-Based Dynamic Relocation of Components in FarGo
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Session 7: Cooperation and Interaction (Chair: Jeff Bradshaw)
Monique Calisti, Boi Faltings
Agent-Based Negotiations for Multi-Provider Interactions
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Jean-Luc Koning
Modeling Soccer-Robots Strategies Through Interaction Protocols
Marja Phipps, Jay Mork, Mark McSherry
Using Intelligent Agents and a Personal Knowledge Management Application
13:30 Tutorial T3: Security Services Tutorial T4: Introduction to Jini

List of accepted posters

(sorted alphabetically by first author)
All Poster Abstracts are available for download in a single PDF file (1.2Mb).

Invited Speakers

Data or Computation - Which Should We Move?

Colin Harrison
Director of Global Services Research
IBM T J Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Abstract: The evolution of system architectures has been shaped by the varying evolutions of the costs of system operations. That is: the cost of computation, the cost of storage, the cost of communication, and the cost of operational management. In recent years the costs of computation and storage have continued to drop exponentially (at least). Communication costs have traditionally remained high relative to other costs and this has had a profound influence on the structure of system architectures, favouring centralized information systems with remote clients. But these costs too are in steep decline and in recent years end-to-end latencies in the Internet have approached values that in client-server days could only be achieved within campus networks. These trends will change this architectural balance, making much more attractive the widespread distribution of application function - even function requiring significant bandwidth. The current impetus towards exploring this model of computation is the desire to create dynamic business architectures in which components or entire business processes are delivered as remote network services. In this approach the business process is modeled as a form of workflow and the computation proceeds by moving the business data successively through several remote transaction systems. We contrast this approach with that of mobile agents in which the transaction itself moves through the network and consider why the mobile agent approach is not being adopted for dynamic business architectures.
About the Speaker: Colin Harrison is Director of Global Services Research at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York. Following his thesis work in materials science at Imperial College, London, he spent several years at CERN developing the real-time control system for the SPS accelarator. He then returned to EMI Central Research Laboratories in London, and lead the development of the world's first clinically-useful MRI system. He joined IBM in San Jose and has enjoyed a career leading from magnetics, to medical imaging, parallel computing, mobile networking, intelligent agents, and telecommunications services. He now has broad responsibility for research applied to IBM's services businesses.

Making Agents Intelligent

Boi Faltings
Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Abstract: Most of us believe that agents will lead to flexible and robust software systems. I argue that to realize this dream for practically interesting problems, agents will need to have intelligence in the form of explicit rational behavior. I will show major issues with realizing such behavior and what the right technologies for addressing them might be.
About the Speaker: Boi Faltings is the director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL). He obtained his undergraduate degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH) in 1983 and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1987. From 1987 to 1993, he has been professeur extraordinaire at the EPFL. Since 1993, he is full professor and has served as head of the computer science department from 1996-1998.

Opening Address

Gerhard Schmitt
Vice President Planning and Logistics, ETH Zurich

Gerhard Schmitt, Vice President of ETH Zurich, will formally open the Symposium. Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Architecture and Computer Aided Architectural Design at ETH Zurich. His research encompasses the architectural design of the information territory, and he is responsible for "ETH World", the strategic ETH virtual campus project.

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