Workshop on Agents in E-Commerce
(** updated on Dec. 10, 1999 **)




For the preparation of your final camera-ready copies, please download and use the following MODIFIED style files. In the new style files, boxed footers and page numbers have been removed. Your camera-ready version will be included in the workshop proceedings only if your have used the correct formatting style files.

Please download:
[  MS-WinWord template |  LaTeX 2.09 sample |  LaTeX 2e sample ]

In addition, there are several IMPORTANT things to note:

  1. do NOT staple your manuscript pages,
  2. do NOT mark page numbers on the front; use pencil to mark them on the back of the pages,
  3. make sure your manuscript is printed on single-sided pages.


You can submit the final camera-ready version of your paper to Dr. Yiming Ye either electronically or by hardcopies - exactly in the same way as you submitted your earlier version. Dr. Ye's email and airmail address can be found below!

Note: Please be reminded that in order for your paper to be included in the workshop program and proceedings, at least one of the authors for the paper must register with the exact payment, at the same time when you submit your camera-ready copies.

  1. All workshop authors will enjoy the privilege to register and attend the IAT'99 conference (Dec. 15-17) right after the workshop by paying only the early-bird IAT'99 registration rate.

  2. The details on how to register and where to download the registration forms can be found at the IAT'99 homepage ( under "Registration & Copyright Forms".

  3. Completed and signed registration form(s) and copyright transfer form must be sent directly to: Dr. Jiming Liu
    Department of Computer Science
    Hong Kong Baptist University
    Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
    Phone: (852) 2339-7088, Fax: (852) 2339-7892


The pervasive connectivity of the Internet and the powerful architecture of WWW are changing many market conventions and creating a tremendous opportunity for conducting business on Internet. Intelligent agents will play a crucial role in electronic commerce where dynamic and heterogeneous interactions between tens of thousands of organizations and tens of millions of individuals are involved. So far, we have already witnessed the involvement of e-commerce agents in traditional business settings. For example, shopping agents are now available at Excite and Yahoo. Furthermore, the involvements of agents in e-commerce are re-shaping the ways business is conducted in areas such as pricing, negotiation, auction, and brokerages, to name a few. The automation brought by e-commerce agents dramatically reduces certain types of frictional costs and time incurred in trading.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring researchers and practitioners to identify and explore the issues, opportunities, and solutions for e-commerce agents. It will provide a forum for free exchange of ideas and will be featured by invited talks and refereed paper presentations. Authors are invited to submit regular papers, reports on work in progress, and position papers. Topics for submission include but are not limited to:


Anthony Hall
Mobile E-Commerce Agent System: MECA Concept

Wlodek Zadrozny
Manager, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Interacting with agents in natural language. How economic needs will drive technology and infrastructure


Chair: Yiming Ye, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Program Committee: Takeshi Furuhashi, Nagoya University, Japan
Avigdor Gal, Rutgers University, USA
Pinar Keskinocak, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Juhnyoung Lee, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA
Alexandros Moukas, MIT Media Lab, USA
John Muller, IBM Santa Teresa Laboratory, USA
Sun Park, Rutgers University, USA
Michael Rothkopf, Rutgers University, USA
Eric Yu, University of Toronto, Canada


NOTE: You can submit your paper either electronically or by hardcopies.

To submit your paper electronically, email the postscript version, PDF version, or Microsoft Word version of the completed paper directly to:

Alternatively, you may submit four (4) hardcopies of the completed paper to either:

Dr. Yiming Ye
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
P.O. Box 704
Yorktown Heights, N.Y. 10598

or (if you submit your paper by courier):

Dr. Yiming Ye
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Hawthorne I
30 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A)
Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532
Tel: (914) 784-7460

Each submitted paper must include a title, an abstract, the name, mailing address, and email address of the author(s), and the main body. The length of submitted paper should NOT exceed ten (10) single-spaced, single-column pages including all figures, tables, and bibliography.

Submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of technical soundness, relevance, originality, significance, and clarity.


October 15, 1999: Electronic or hardcopy submission due date
November 10, 1999: Notification of paper acceptance
November 15, 1999: Camera ready version of accepted papers due date
December 14, 1999: Workshop

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Yiming Ye at for suggestions and questions.