Final Call for Papers

The Second Asia-Pacific Conference on
Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT-2001)

Maebashi TERRSA, Maebashi City, Japan
October 23-26, 2001

Paper Submission Deadline: March 20, 2001
IAT-2001 will be jointly held with
The First Asia-Pacific Conference on
Web Intelligence (WI-2001)
(One registration may attend both IAT-2001 and WI-2001)


Maebashi Institute of Technology


Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (JSAI)


Maebashi Convention Bureau
Maebashi City Government
Gunma Prefecture Government
The Japan Research Institute, Limited
US AFOSR/AOARD and US Army Research Office in Far East

IAT-2001 and WI-2001 Joint Keynote Speakers
Benjamin Wah (IEEE Computer Society President)University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Edward A. Feigenbaum (Turing Award Winner)Stanford University

IAT-2001 Invited Speakers
Toyoaki NishidaUniversity of Tokyo, Japan
Zbigniew W. RasUniversity of North Carolina, USA
Andrzej SkowronWarsaw University, Poland
Katia SycaraCarnegie Mellon University, USA

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT) is a high-quality, high-impact biennial agent conference series. The second meeting in this conference series follows the success of IAT-99 held in Hong Kong in 1999 ( IAT-2001 will primarily focus on

(1) the state-of-the-art in the development of intelligent agents and
(2) the theoretical and computational foundations of intelligent agent technology.

The aim of IAT-2001 is to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields, such as computer science, information technology, business, education, human factors, systems engineering, and robotics to

(1) examine the design principles and performance characteristics of various approaches in intelligent agent technology, and
(2) increase the cross-fertilization of ideas on the development of autonomous agents and multiagent systems among different domains.

By encouraging idea-sharing and discussions on the underlying logical, cognitive, physical, and biological foundations as well as the enabling technologies of intelligent agents, IAT-2001 is expected to stimulate the future development of new models, new methodologies, and new tools for building a variety of embodiments of agent-based systems.


The technical issues to be addressed include, but not limited to:

Applications Computational Architecture and Infrastructure Learning and Adaptation
  • soft-computing in multi-agent systems
  • uncertainty management in multi-agent systems
  • integrated exploration and exploitation
  • long-term reliability
  • neural networks
  • artificial life
  • behavioral selection
  • coordinating perception, thought, and action
  • behavioral self-organization
  • believable lifelike quality
  • classifier systems
  • evolution and learning in dynamic environments
  • adaptation and self-adaptation
  • emergent behavior
  • evolutionary computation
Data and Knowledge Engineering/Communication
  • information filtering
  • data mining
  • heterogeneous data integration and management
  • human-agent interaction
  • knowledge discovery
  • knowledge sharing
  • knowledge aggregation
  • reasoning and planning
  • adaptation and evolution of knowledge networks
  • distributed knowledge systems
Distributed Intelligence
  • dynamics of groups and populations
  • swarms
  • population evolution
  • coevolution
  • collective group behavior
  • coordination and cooperation
  • distributed intelligence
  • social integration
  • market-based computing
Formal Theories of Agents
  • formal/computational modeling
  • chaotic and fractal dynamics
  • computational complexity
  • efficiency in distributed systems
  • taxonomy of agent environments
  • classification and characterization of complex behaviors
  • theories of perception, rationality, intention, emotion,coordination, action, and social behaviors

Paper Submission & Publication

High quality full-length papers in all IAT related areas are solicited. Papers exploring new directions are most welcome and will receive a careful and supportive review.
All submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical quality, relevance, significance, and clarity. Electronic submission is encouraged and preferred. Please send LaTex (MS-Words, or PDF) and PostScript versions of your paper, and an ASCII version of the cover page (in separate email), by March 20, 2001 to:

Or use the Submission Form at the IAT-2001 webpage:
On Line Paper Submission
to submit your paper.

Four (4) hardcopies of the paper by regular mail are also requested if electronic submission is not possible.
Please send hardcopies of your paper by March 20, 2001 to:

Prof. Ning Zhong (IAT-2001)
Department of Information Engineering
Maebashi Institute of Technology
460-1, Kamisadori-Cho, Maebashi-City, 371-0816

TEL&FAX: +81-27-265-7366

The ASCII version of a cover page must include author(s) full address, email, paper title and a 200 word abstract, and up to 5 keywords.

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings by World Scientific, An International Publisher, as a hardcover book. A selected number of IAT-2001 accepted papers will be expanded and revised for inclusion in "Knowledge and Information Systems: An International Journal" by Springer-Verlag and in "International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence" by World Scientific. IAT best paper award will be conferred on the author(s) of the best papers at the conference.

All manuscripts (upto about 10 pages long) must be formatted using the World Scientific's style files for proceedings. The style files can be found at:
-- use the style files appropriate to a trim size of 8.5"x6".

Demo Session

IAT-2001 also welcomes submissions of research projects, research prototypes, experimental systems, and commercial products for demonstrations at the conference. Each submission should include a title page containing a title, a 200-300 word abstract, a list of keywords, the names, mailing addresses, and Email addresses of the presenters, and a two-page description of the demo system. Submissions should reach the IAT-2001 Demo Chair:

Dr. Jianchang Mao (IAT-2001)
Verity Inc.
894 Ross Drive,
Sunnyvale CA 94089, USA


by July 2, 2001

Authors of accepted IAT-2001 papers will be invited to demonstrate their systems at the conference.

It is understood that once a submission is selected for demonstration at the conference, the presenter(s) of the demo will be responsible for bringing necessary software/hardware equipment.

Important Dates

March 20, 2001
May 28, 2001
June 20, 2001
July 2, 2001
August 3, 2001
October 23-26, 2001
Paper submission deadline
Notification of paper acceptance mailed
Camera-ready copies of accepted papers due
Demo submission deadline
Notification of demo acceptance mailed
Conference technical sessions

Conference Organizers

IAT-2001 Conference Organizing Committee

General Chairs:
Setsuo Ohsuga, Waseda University, Japan
Jeffrey Bradshaw, UWF/Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

Program Chairs:
Ning Zhong, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Jiming Liu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Demos and Exhibits Chair:
Jianchang Mao, Verity Incorporated, USA

Local Organizing Chair:
Nobuo Otani, Maebashi Institute of Technology, Japan

International Advisory Board
Jeffrey BradshawUWF/Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Michele L. D. GaudreaultUS Asian Office of Aerospace R&D
Daniel T. LingMicrosoft Corporation, USA
Jiming LiuHong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Jianchang MaoVerity Incorporated, USA
Hiroshi MotodaOsaka University, Japan
Setsuo OhsugaWaseda University, Japan
Patrick S. P. WangNortheastern University, USA
Yiyu YaoUniversity of Regina, Canada
Jie YangUniversity of Science and Technology of China
Ning ZhongMaebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Jan ZytkowUniversity of North Carolina, USA

Program Committee
K. Suzanne BarberUniversity of Texas at Austin, USA
Guy Boy EURISCO, France
Cristiano CastelfranchiItalian National Research Council
Kerstin DautenhahnUniversity of Hertfordshire, UK
Edmund H. DurfeeUniversity of Michigan, USA
E.A. EdmondsLoughborough University, UK
Tim FininUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County, USA
Adam Maria GadomskiENEA, Italy
Scott GoodwinUniversity of Regina, Canada
Vladimir GorodetskyRussian Academy of Sciences
Mark GreavesThe Boeing Company, USA
Barbara Hayes-RothStanford University, USA
Michael HuhnsUniversity of South Carolina, USA
Keniti IdaMaebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Toru IshidaKyoto University, Japan
Lakhmi JainUniversity of South Australia
Stefan J JohanssonUniversity of Karlskrona, Sweden
Qun JinUniversity of Aizu, Japan
Juntae KimDongguk University, Korea
David KinnyUniversity of Melbourne, Australia
Matthias KluschGerman Research Center for AI
Sarit KrausUniversity of Maryland, USA
Danny B. LangeGeneral Magic, Incorporated, USA
Jimmy Ho Man LeeChinese University of Hong Kong
Jiming LiuHong Kong Baptist University
Mike LuckUniversity of Southampton, UK
Helen MengChinese University of Hong Kong
Joerg MuellerSiemens, Germany
Hideyuki NakashimaETL, Japan
Wee-Keong NgNanyang Technological University, Singapore
Katsumi NittaTokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Yoshikuni OnozatoGunma University, Japan
Tuncer OrenMarmara Research Center, Turkey
Ichiro OsawaETL, Japan
Sun ParkRutgers University, USA
Van ParunakERIM, USA
Zbigniew W. RasUniversity of North Carolina, USA
Eugene SantosUniversity of Connecticut, USA
Zhongzhi ShiChinese Academy of Sciences
Carles SierraScientific Research Council, Spain
Kwang M. SimChinese University of Hong Kong
Andrzej SkowronWarsaw University, Poland
Ron SunUniversity of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Niranjan SuriUniversity of West Florida, USA
Takao TeranoUniversity of Tsukuba, Japan
Demetri TerzopoulosUniversity of Toronto, Canada
Huaglory TianfieldCheltenham & Gloucester College of H. E., UK
David WolpertNASA Ames Research Center, USA
Jinglong WuKagawa University, Japan
Takahira YamaguchiShizuoka University, Japan
Kazumasa YokotaOkayama Prefectural University, Japan
Eric YuUniversity of Toronto, Canada
P.C. YuenHong Kong Baptist University
Chengqi ZhangDeakin University, Australia
Ning ZhongMaebashi Institute of Technology, Japan

Local Organizing Committee
Hisao MachidaMaebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Tadaomi MiyazakiMaebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Nobuo OtaniMaebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Sean M. ReedyMaebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Ning ZhongMaebashi Institute of Technology, Japan
Masaaki SakuraiMaebashi Convention Bureau, Japan
Toshio KawamuraMaebashi Convention Bureau, Japan
Kanehisa SekineMaebashi Convention Bureau, Japan
Midori AsakaInformation Technology Agency (IPA), Japan
Yoshitsugu KakemotoJapan Research Institute, Limited, Japan

Conference Site

The IAT-2001 and WI-2001 will take place in Maebashi City. Maebashi, the capital of Gumma Prefecture, is called the `City of water, greenery, and poetry'. Maebashi is an `International Convention City' designated by the Ministry of Transportation.

Maebashi and the neighboring areas in Gunma is a land of greenery blessed with the wonders of natural beauty and more than a hundred hot springs offering relaxation and peace of mind. IAT-2001 and WI-2001 will organize a tour during the conference to a resort hotel with hot spring in Ikaho that is one of the most famous hot springs areas in Japan.

Maebashi is positioned nearly in the center of the Japan Archipelago. Only a hundred kilometers from Japan's capital city of Tokyo and reachable in an hour by bullet train or high-speed expressway, a variety of favorable land conditions lead to flourishing economic activity. Maebashi City and the neighboring areas in Gunma are expected to further develop into an IT conurbation with highly advanced information technology.

Further Information

Please send suggestions and inquiries regarding IAT-2001 to:

Prof. Ning Zhong (IAT-2001)
Department of Information Engineering
Maebashi Institute of Technology
460-1, Kamisadori-Cho, Maebashi-City, 371-0816

TEL&FAX: +81-27-265-7366