Intelligent Agents is one of the most exciting, active areas of research and development in computer science and information technology today. It is concerned with the study of intelligent systems capable of perceiving, reasoning about, and adapting to different task constraints, learning task-specific behaviors, and delegating tasks in either physical or computational environments. In real-world applications, the notion of agents should be taken in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide spectrum of computational systems. Some of them may be physically embodied, such as robotic systems that efficiently handle manipulation tasks in the Cartesian workspace, whereas others may be computationally coded, such as Internet search agents that proactively search, filter, and analyze useful information from a highly connected web of Internet servers.

Regardless of their domains of application, autonomous agents often inhabit in and interact with dynamic, unpredictable environments in the course of problem-solving. The agents may dynamically acquire their reactive behaviors based on their experience and hence improve their problem-solving skills in dealing with similar or even more complex tasks. They may utilize certain sophisticated mechanisms in order to cope with the problems of lacking resources and knowledge. Responding to different local constraints received from their task environments, the agents can select and exhibit different behavioral patterns. For instance, in the case of robotic manipulation, the behavioral patterns of the robots may be directly related to their coordinated/cooperative local motions in the workspace. Similarly, in the case of search, the behavioral patterns of the agents may be reflected in their decisions on in what direction and how much localized search would become necessary.

About the Conference

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT) is a high-quality, high-impact biannual agent conference series. As the first meeting in this new series, IAT'99 will primarily focus on (i) the state-of-the-art in the development of intelligent agents and (ii) the theoretical and computational foundations of intelligent agent technology. The aim of IAT'99 is to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse fields such as computer science, information systems, psychology, business, education, human factors, and/or industrial engineering to (i) examine the design principles and performance characteristics of various approaches in intelligent agent technology, and (ii) increase the cross-fertilization of ideas on the development of autonomous agents and multi-agent 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'99 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.

IAT'99 welcomes submissions of original papers. All submitted papers will go through a careful review process. In addition to technical paper sessions, IAT'99 will also include a collection of invited talks from internationally respected speakers, presentation of videos, and system demonstrations.

Further Information Email

  • Please send suggestions and inquiries regarding IAT'99 to the address below:

    Dr. Jiming Liu
    Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University
    Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
    Phone: (852) 2339-7088, Fax: (852) 2339-7892
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