Agent School

The First New Zealand Agent School (NZAS’13)

Dunedin, New Zealand
December, 2013

The 16th International Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (PRIMA’13) will introduce the 1st NZ Agent School (NZAS’13). The intent is to foster research in the field of agent and multi-agent systems in the Pacific Rim region.

Lecture notes are available to download here.

The Programme is available to download here.

The courses will be presented by internationally leading experts in the field of agents and multiagent systems, and will cover the full range of theoretical and practical aspects of agent-based computing.

The agent school will be open to anyone from research and industry. A registration fee will be levied to cover costs. Some support will be available for research students wishing to attend the summer school (see below for details).

Call for participation (CFP)

Sponsors and Supporters

NZAS’13 is supported by the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (IFAAMAS).

AUT University – academic supporter of the Agent School


  • A/Prof Frank Dignum, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Virginia Dignum, TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Aditya K. Ghose, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • A/Prof. Takayuki Ito, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Dr. Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Dr. John Thangarajah, RMIT, Australia
  • A/Prof. Michael Winikoff, Otago University, New Zealand
  • Prof. Makoto Yokoo, Kyushu University, Japan

Lecture topics (to be confirmed)

  • Multi-agent organisation
  • Normative systems
  • Agent-based social simulation
  • Agents and services
  • Auction and Mechanism Design
  • Automated Negotiation
  • Self-Organising Multi-Agent Systems
  • Computational Justice
  • Agent-Oriented Software Engineering
  • Game-theory
  • Mechanism Design/Auctions in Multi-agent Systems


You may register via the conference registration page:


We can offer a limited number of grants to research students to cover some of the expenses to attend NZAS’13. We will try to award grants to cover part of the following expenses: registration fee, student accommodation (selected by the organisers) and/or part of the travel costs. The organisers, according to the number of requests and grants available, will try to match each request to the most suitable grant (if possible) with the aim of helping as more students as possible to cover their expenses.

In order to apply for a grant it is necessary to submit the following documentation:

  • Grant request form
  • Proof of student status
  • Brief Curriculum Vitae, including a brief description of the student’s research topic and the importance of attending NZAS’13.
  • Letter by the supervisor stating why the grant is needed to allow the student to attend NZAS’13.
  • Detailed expected travel costs.

All this documentation should be sent to: mentioning “NZAS Grant Request” in the subject line before October 8th 2013.

Priority will be given to those students who we think have greater need for the grants, and also to those actively participating in AI’13 and/or PRIMA’13.

Agent School Chairs

Dr Quan Bai, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
A/Prof. Michael Winikoff, the University of Otago, New Zealand
A/Prof. Minjie Zhang, Wollongong University, Australia