Conference Programme

Download the full programme here.

A link to Google maps showing the conference locations can be found here.

Note: All registrations will be held in level 2 (atrium) of the Commerce Building in
60 Clyde Street. The Commerce Building is located in the north-east region of the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus, on the corner of Clyde and Union Streets. The 3rd-floor entrance of the commerce building can be seen in this link ( The campus map of University of Otago can be found at The commerce building is highlighted in the map (reference F6.14).

Sunday 1st December

The First New Zealand Agent School  (NZAS’13) – presentations by internationally leading experts in the field of agents and multi-agent systems

Monday 2nd December

Doctoral Consortium

Tuesday 3rd December: Workshops and Tutorial

The Third Australasian Workshop on Artificial Intelligence in Health (AIH2013)

Workshop on Machine Learning for Sensory Data Analysis (MLSDA2013)

The Fourth International Workshop on Collaborative Agents – Research and Development (CARE2013), including a special track on Agent-Based Systems for Energy and Environmental Sustainability

Co-ordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems (COIN@PRIMA2013), including a special track on Agent-Based Modelling for Policy Engineering

Tutorial on Theory and Applications of State Space Models for Time Series Data – Presented by Associate Professor Peter Tino

AI2013 and PRIMA2013 Conferences

Wednesday 4th December

Conference Welcome – 8.30-9.00am

Keynote Speaker – 9.00-10.00am

Refreshment Break – 10.00-10.30am

Session One – Agent Architectures and Simulation:                         10.30-12.30pm        

Chair – Martin Purvis

Incorporating PGMs into a BDI architecture                                                                           Yingke Chen, Jun Hong, Weiru Liu, Lluís Godo, Carles Sierra and Michael Loughlin

Improving the reactivity of BDI agent programs                                                                       Hoa Khanh Dam, Tiancheng Zhang and Aditya Ghose

The Impact of Exchanging Opinions in Political Decision-making on Voting by Using Multi-agent Simulation                                                                                                             Yuichiro Sudo, Shohei Kato and Atsuko Mutoh

GAMA v. 1.6: Advancing the art of complex agent-based modeling and simulation     Arnaud Grignard, Patrick Taillandier, Benoit Gaudou, Nghi Quang Huynh, Duc-An Vo and Alexis Drogoul

Towards semantic merging of versions of BDI agent system                                             Yingzhi Gou, Hoa Khanh Dam and Aditya Ghose (Short paper)

Lunch – 12.30-1.30pm

Session Two – Logics of Agency & Agent Communication: 1.30-3.30pm 

Chair – Guido Governatori

Reaching your goals without spilling the beans: Boolean secrecy games                              Nils Bulling, Sujata Ghosh and Rineke Verbrugge

Agents homogeneous: A procedurally anonymous semantics characterizing the homogeneous fragment of ATL                                                                                                       Sjur Kristoffer Dyrkolbotn and Truls Pedersen

Defendable Security in Interaction Protocols                                                                                Wojtek Jamroga, Matthijs Melissen and Henning Schnoor

SAT-based Bounded Model Checking for Weighted Interpreted Systems and Weighted Linear Temporal Logic                                                                                                                 Bozena Wozna-Szczesniak, Andrzej Zbrzezny and Agnieszka Zbrzezny

Information Dependencies in MCS: Conviviality-Based Model and Metrics                         Patrice Caire and Antonis Bikakis (Short paper)

Refreshment Break – 3.30-4.00pm

Session Three – Robotic Systems and Agent Applications: 4.00-6.00pm

Chair – Frank Dignum

A Human-Inspired Collision Avoidance Method for Multi-robot and Mobile Autonomous Robots                                                                                                                                                  Fan Liu and Ajit Narayanan

A Reliability Analysis Technique for Estimating Sequentially Coordinated Multirobot Mission Performance                                                                                                                       John Porter, Kawa Cheung, Joseph Giampapa and John Dolan

Designing a Multiagent System for Course-Offering Determination                                      Fuhua Lin and Wu Chen

Using Agent Technology for Ambient Assisted Living                                                       Nikolaos Spanoudakis and Pavlos Moraitis (Short paper)

Computational Model of Affective Moral Decision Making that predicts Human Criminal Choices                                                                                                                                                   Matthijs Pontier, Jean-Louis van Gelder and Reinout de Vries (Short paper)

Reception – 6.00pm onwards, refer “Social Events” below

Thursday 5th December

Keynote Speaker – 9.00-10.00am

Refreshment Break – 10.00-10.30am

Session Four – Normative Multi-Agent Systems: 10.30-12.30pm

Chair – Jeremy Pitt

Evaluating the Cost of Enforcement by Agent-based Simulation: A Wireless Mobile Grid Example                                                                                                                                              Tina Balke, Julian Padget and Marina De Vos

Compliant business process design by declarative specifications                                     Francesco Olivieri, Guido Governatori, Simone Scannapieco and Matteo Cristani

Social Norm Recommendation in Virtual Agent Societies                                                   Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu, Julian Padget and Maryam A. Purvis

Norm Representation and Reasoning: a Formalization in Event Calculus                       Wagdi Alrawagfeh

nADICO: A Nested Grammar of Institutions                                                                  Christopher Frantz, Martin Purvis, Mariusz Nowostawski and Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu (Short paper)

Lunch – 12.30-1.30pm

Keynote Speaker – 1.30-2.30pm

Session Five – Learning and Emergence: 2.30-3.30pm

Chair – Tina Balke

Emotional Multiagent Reinforcement Learning in Social Dilemmas                                   Chao Yu, Minjie Zhang and Fenghui Ren

A Multi-agent Based Migration Model for Evolving Cooperation in the Spatial N-Player Snowdrift Game                                                                                                                       Raymond Chiong and Michael Kirley

Refreshment Break – 3.30-4.00pm

Session Six – Institutions, Norms and Applications: 4.00-6.00pm

Chair – Virginia Dignum

Procedural Justice and `Fitness for Purpose’ of Self-Organising Electronic Institutions Jeremy Pitt, Dídac Busquets and Regis Riveret

A methodology for plan revision under norm and outcome compliance                         Simone Scannapieco, Guido Governatori, Francesco Olivieri and Matteo Cristani

On the Development of an MAS Based Evacuation Simulation System: Autonomous Navigation & Collision Avoidance                                                                                              Leonel Enrique Aguilar Melgar, Wijerathne Maddegedara Lalith Lakshman, Muneo Hori, Tsuyoshi Ichimura and Seizo Tanaka (Short paper)

A Computational Agent Model of Physical Activity Based on Social Cognitive Theory   Julienka Mollee and Natalie Van Der Wal (Short paper)

Evaluating the Impact of Human-Agent Teamwork Communication Model (HAT-CoM) on the Development of Shared Mental Model                                                                                Nader Hanna, Deborah Richards and Michael Hitchens (Short paper)

Conference Dinner – 6.00pm-late, refer “Social Events” below

Friday 6th December

Keynote Speaker – 9.00-10.00am

Refreshment Break – 10.00-10.30am

Session Seven – Negotiation and Argumentation: 10.30-12.30pm

Chair – Makoto Yokoo

An Efficient Route Minimization Algorithm for the Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows based on Agent Negotiation                                                                                          Petr Kalina, Jiří Vokřínek and Vladimír Mařík

Higher-order theory of mind in negotiations under incomplete information                Harmen De Weerd, Rineke Verbrugge and Bart Verheij

Non-Standard Uses of PIRIKA: Pilot of the Right Knowledge and Argument                Yutaka Oomidou, Hajime Sawamura, Takeshi Hagiwara and Jacques Riche

Agent’s Strategy in Multiple-Issue Negotiation Competition and Analysis of Result                Shota Morii and Takayuki Ito (Short paper)

A Framework for Analyzing Simultaneous Negotiations                                                Yoshinori Tsuruhashi and Naoki Fukuta (Short paper)

Lunch – 12.30-1.30pm

Session Eight – Distributed Problem Solving: 1.30-3.30pm

Chair – Aditya Ghose

Embedding Preference Ordering for Single-phase Self-stabilizing DCOP Solvers                   Toshihiro Matsui, Marius Silaghi, Katsutoshi Hirayama, Makoto Yokoo and Hiroshi Matsuo

Decentralized Area Partitioning for a Cooperative Cleaning Task                                     Chihiro Kato and Toshiharu Sugawara (Short paper)

Modeling and Algorithm for Dynamic Multi-Objective Distributed Optimization               Maxime Clement, Tenda Okimoto, Tony Ribeiro and Katsumi Inoue (Short paper)

Lightweight Distributed Adaptive Algorithm for Voting Procedures by using Network Average Consensus                                                                                                                     Clement Duhart, Michel Cotsaftis and Cyrille Bertelle (Short paper)

A New Ant Colony Optimization Method Considering Intensification and Diversification  Mitsuru Haga and Shohei Kato (Short paper)

Refreshment Break – 3.30-4.00pm

Session Nine – Mechanism Design and Agent Applications: 4.00-6.00pm

Chair – to be confirmed

Strategy-proof mechanisms for the k-winner selection problem                                           Yuko Sakurai, Tenda Okimoto, Masaaki Oka and Makoto Yokoo

Repeated Auctions for Reallocation of Tasks with Pickup and Delivery upon Robot Failure Bradford Heap and Maurice Pagnucco (Short paper)

Prosperity and decline of online communities                                                                  Kimitaka Asatani, Fujio Toriumi, Hirotada Ohashi, Mitsuteru Tashiro and Ryuichi Suzuki (Short paper)

Context-Aware Mobile Augmented Reality for Library Management                               Adrian Shatte, Jason Holdsworth and Ickjai Lee (Short paper)

Estimating Arrival Time of Pedestrian Using Walking Logs                                                     Yui Okuda and Yasuhiko Kitamura (Short paper)

Conference Closing – 6.00pm


Social Events

Wednesday 4th December

The Conference Reception will be held at St Margaret’s College commencing at 6.00pm.  The College is located in the heart of the campus and is a peaceful setting for you to take the opportunity to meet other delegates.  Light food and refreshments will be available.

Thursday 5th December

The Conference Dinner will be held at Larnach Castle.  Coaches will leave at 6.10pm from the Union Street entrance to the Commerce Building to take you to the venue.  The journey to the Castle will take approximately 30 minutes and you will travel around the Dunedin Harbour and up Highcliff Road on the Peninsula Hills to the Castle.  You will have the opportunity to explore New Zealand’s only Castle and its beautiful gardens before the Haggis Ceremony and dinner commences.  Coaches will leave the Castle at approximately 9.15pm for the return journey to the city.  The coaches will make stops in the central city and the Commerce Building.