AREA 2024

4th Workshop on Agents and Robots for reliable Engineered Autonomy

19th October 2024 at ECAI 2024 - Santiago de Compostela

Call for papers

Autonomous agents is a well-established area that has been researched for decades, both from a design and implementation viewpoint. Nonetheless, the application of agents in real-world scenarios has largely been adopted in applications which are primarily software based, and remains limited in applications which involve physical interaction. In parallel, robots are no longer used only in tightly constrained industrial applications but are instead being applied in an increasing number of domains, ranging from robotic assistants to search and rescue, where the working environment is both dynamic and underspecified, and may involve interactions between multiple robots and humans. This presents significant challenges to traditional software engineering methodologies. Increased autonomy is an important route to enabling robotic applications to function in these environments, and autonomous agents and multi-agent systems are a promising approach to their engineering. As autonomy and interaction increases, the engineering of reliable behaviour becomes more challenging (both in robotic applications and in more traditional autonomous agent settings), and so there is a need for research into new approaches to verification and validation that can be integrated in the engineering lifecycle of these systems. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the autonomous agents and the robotics communities, since combining knowledge from these two research areas may lead to innovative approaches that solve complex problems related to the verification and validation of autonomous robotic systems. Therefore, we encourage submissions that combine agents, robots, software engineering, and verification, but we also welcome papers focused on one of these areas, as long as their applicability to the other areas is explicit.

  • Agent-based modular architectures applicable to robots
  • Agent oriented software engineering to model high-level control in robotic development
  • Agent programming languages and tools for developing robotic or intelligent autonomous systems
  • Coordination, interaction, and negotiation protocols for agents and robots
  • Distributed problem solving and automated planning in autonomous systems
  • Engineering reliable interactions between humans and autonomous robots or agents
  • Fault tolerance, health-management, and long-term autonomy
  • Neuro-symbolic artificial intelligence
  • Real world applications of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems in robotics
  • Runtime verification of autonomous agents and robotic systems
  • Task and resource allocation in multi-robot systems
  • Verification and validation of autonomous systems

This event is planned as a one day workshop, with a duration of approximately eight hours (four in the morning and four in the afternoon). Depending on the number of submissions, we may organise a discussion panel at the end. We plan to have at least two invited talks.

Participants are invited to submit the following types of paper:
  • full length research paper — a paper describing technically sound, innovative ideas that can advance the engineering/reliability of agents and robots; an application/case study paper, with emphasis on robotic applications where agents techniques have been applied; a survey paper on one of the topics of interest.
  • Short paper — a position paper describing relevant questions and issues that participants feel should be addressed; a demo paper describing a demonstration of an agent/robotic application, system or tool; a new idea in the field which is not ready for publication as a regular paper but would benefit from discussion.
  • ECAI 2024 review transfer — resubmission of papers rejected from the main conference, decision will be made purely on the basis of the reviews written for the main conference and how well the paper aligns with the scope of the workshop. Please submit a PDF as supplementary material containing all of the ECAI 2024 reviews associated with your paper. The initial submission can be in ECAI's format or Springer LNCS format. However, the camera-ready version to be submitted later on will have to be in LNCS format for it to be published.
Full-length research papers must not exceed sixteen (16) pages single column excluding references and appendices and short papers must not exceed eight (8) pages single column excluding references and appendices. All submissions must be in English and PDF format. Each submission will receive at least three single-blind reviews. All papers should be original and not be submitted elsewhere. The review process is single-blind: submissions should not be blind, reviewers will be.

A paper will be selected for the Best Paper Award based on reviewers' scores and recommendations.

The AREA workshop is going to be an in-person event (following ECAI 2024 guidelines). At least one author of each accepted paper has to register to the workshop (via ECAI 2024 website).

The proceedings of the workshop will be published with CCIS. Formatting guidelines should follow LNCS style.

  • Matt Luckcuck - University of Nottingham
  • Bettina Könighofer - Graz University of Technology
  • Fabio Papacchini - Lancaster University Leipzig
  • Tobias Ahlbrecht - Department of Informatics, Clausthal University of Technology
  • Viviana Mascardi - DIBRIS (Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and System Engineering), University of Genova
  • Chunyan Mu - University of Aberdeen
  • Livia Lestingi - Politecnico di Milano
  • Marie Farrell - The University of Manchester
  • Vadim Malvone - Télécom Paris
  • Stefano Tedeschi - Université de la Vallée d'Aoste
  • Christian Colombo - University of Malta
  • Jomi Fred Hubner - Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • Erez Karpas - Technion
  • Pedro Ribeiro - University of York
  • Gleifer Alves - UTFPR (Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná), Campus Ponta Grossa
  • Ana Paula Rocha - LIACC, University of Porto
  • Mehrnoosh Askarpour - McMaster University/GM Canada
  • Babak Esfandiari - Carleton University
  • Louise Dennis - University of Manchester
  • Eva Onaindia - Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Claudio Menghi - University of Bergamo
  • Charles Lesire - ONERA
  • Daniela Briola - University of Milano Bicocca
  • Christos Tsigkanos - University of Athens
  • Francesco Belardinelli - Imperial College London
  • Stefania Monica - Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia
  • Matteo Rossi - Politecnico di Milano
  • Ian Gray - University of York
  • Rafael H. Bordini - PUCRS

Important dates


Invited Speakers

Aniello Murano

Aniello Murano
University of Naples Federico II

Eva Onaindia

Eva Onaindia
Universitat Politècnica de València


Angelo Ferrando

Angelo Ferrando

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Rafael C. Cardoso

Rafael C. Cardoso

University of Aberdeen (UK)