Rounded Rectangle: CARE13



Collaborative Agents -- REsearch and Development (CARE) 2013

“CARE for a Smarter Society”


held in conjunction with the 26th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (, and the

16th Conference on Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems (


Co-organised with the AIH 2013 workshop.


Workshop Day on 3rd December 2013 (Dunedin, New Zealand) 



CARE organisers

Christian Guttmann --

Fernando Koch --   


Preliminary Agenda

Final Workshop Programme [PDF]

AIH/CARE 2013 Workshop Proceedings are now available online on CEUR -


Online Discussion Groups

Please join the CARE and AAMAS Linkedin groups for updates and discussions about CARE and Agents.

Workshop Summary

“CARE for Smarter Society” aims to discuss computational models of collaboration for Smarter Society scenarios, addressing theoretical and practical issues. This research and development will support the design of new applications and contribute to increasing quality of health and living, promoting citizen participation, and community engagement. We seek contributions of members in research and industry that apply AI and the agent paradigm to approach problems in areas of Smarter Societies. The CARE workshop series not only addresses a gap in the existing agent and AI landscape, but also aims to push the boundaries of existing work by addressing problems that are new to the agent community and that present the community with exciting applications.

Collaborative care is today’s primary means to achieve complex outcomes and to increase the lifetime value of the cared entities. Collaboration enables agents to achieve complex goals that are difficult or impossible to attain for an individual agent. This collaboration takes place under conditions of incomplete information, uncertainty, and bounded rationality, much of which has been previously studied in economics and artificial intelligence. However, many real world domains are characterised by even greater complexity, including the possibility of unreliable and non-complying collaborators, complex market and incentive frameworks, and complex transaction costs and organisational structures. How can we create computational models, representations, algorithms and protocols to enable the next generation of intelligent collaborative care technologies? How can we build technologies that support collaboration under this complexity and uncertainty?

In "CARE for a Smarter Society" the application domains include (not an exhaustive list): healthcare, medicine, bio-engineering, large events coordination, emergency scenarios, smarter campuses, smarter buildings, smarter transportation, smarter education, and business processes. For example, it includes solutions for people orientation in large events, through enhanced navigation system allowing navigation route and destination planning according to user-specific criteria along with awareness of surrounding events and the availability of transportation resources.  In these scenarios, caring requires the coordination of team members in different organisations to work collaborative to attain a common goal: provide the best orientation for each citizen taking in consideration individuals' needs. Other examples include the long term care of patients with a chronic disease (patient care), support of students in their studies (student care), and service provision in telecommunication (customer care).


The one day workshop will feature a mixture of invited talks, discussions and submitted contributions describing current work or work in progress in intelligent systems for research and technology. The workshop environment fosters open discussions among all participants, particularly encouraging students to discuss their research topics and seek feedback from senior agent researchers.


Important Dates

EXTENDED Paper submission deadline: Oct 4, 2013

(Paper submission deadline: Sep 15, 2013)

Notification of acceptance: Oct 25, 2013

(Notification of acceptance: Oct 1, 2013)

Camera-ready copies due: Oct 31, 2013

(Camera-ready copies due: Oct 15, 2013)

Workshop Date: Dec 3, 2013

Topics of Interest include (but are not limited to)


Smarter Society - new models and technologies that lead collaborative approaches for problems in Smarter Cities, Smarter Health Care, intelligent campuses, intelligent work places, social networking, education, health informatics, and others.


There will be a special track on **Agent-Based Systems for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (ABSEES)**. This track investigates how agent-based technology in conjunction with AI techniques can be used to explore a) the design and development of novel (smart) energy-related systems, b) suitable methodologies, techniques and tools to create sustainable energy systems and c) mechanisms for facilitating sustainable behaviour in several domains (e.g. transportation, urban planning) among a variety of user-roles (i.e. different types of users). The reviews and proceedings of this track will be handled by the ABSEES track chairs.


ABSEES Track Chairs:

Maryam Purvis,

Takayuki Ito,


We also invite contributions for a demo session, where participants can present practical applications and proof-of-concepts using new models and technologies for collaborative approaches in Smarter Societies, Smarter Health, Smarter Energy, and any other related area.


Research Questions

- How to collaborative agent technology can help to analyse vast amounts of complex social data?

- How to build a model of the features of individuals (citizens/customer/patient behaviour)?

- How to construct agent-based models of social behaviour?

- How organisational structures influence the negotiation of agents and the distribution/execution of tasks?

- How can we support/guide collaborative teams in scenarios like Collaborative Research, Resilient Societies, and Disaster Resilience?

- How to apply agents for the next generation of Social Analytics systems in Smarter Societies?

- How can we offer flexibility in the way how teams execute plans?

- How to enable an effective communication infrastructure for collaborative care (possibly including humans and agents).

- How to build a model of the features of individuals (customer/patient behaviour).

- How to build comprehensive customer lifecycle management systems for customers, including telecommunication consumers, students and patients.

- How can we make team members follow agreed procedures (Incentives? Or more fundamental, by designing a new market?)

- How to deploy lifecycle management systems in real world applications, such as healthcare, telecommunication, and smart campuses.

- How to design markets that are adequate for agents to act with incomplete and uncertain information?

- How to build MAS that work efficiently in partially regulated markets (where governance policy or partnership agreements govern part of the market).

- How can we make individuals encourage to perform activities to stay on-track and achieve desired outcomes (incentive frameworks)?

- How can we enable flexible, goal-driven and contextualised plan creation and business process management (including intelligent execution, monitoring, management, and optimization of business processes)?

- How to build an effective monitoring-recognition-intervention framework?

- What role does learning and adaptivity play in building organisational MAS?

- How to deal with partially regulated markets (free markets are possibly an unrealistic paradigm as they don’t really existent)?


Submission and Publication

Submission is done electronically at Easychair: Submissions should be formatted according to LNCS specification and submitted as a PDF file. Instructions and templates can be found at:


CARE 2013 seeks three types of submissions:

- Full paper of 12 pages.

- Short paper of 4 pages (such as position and early result papers) are welcome with the option of extending it to a full paper for the post-proceedings.

- Demo paper of 4 pages describing a demonstration. This work will then be presented in the demo session of the workshop.


Submissions will be peer-reviewed by three reviewers per paper. Selection criteria will include relevance, significance, impact, originality, technical soundness, quality of presentation. Some preference may also be given to papers which address emergent trends or important common themes, or which enhance balance of workshop topics.


We plan to publish selected papers as Springer proceedings.

(Springer Proceedings with CARE can be found here:

Workshop Officials


Christian Guttmann (IBM Research -- Australia),

Fernando Koch (Samsung Research Laboratories -- Brazil),


Andrew Koster

Anthony Patricia

Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu

Benjamin Hirsch

Carlos Cardonha

Cristiano Castelfranchi

David Morley

Diego Gallo

Frank Dignum

Franziska Klügl

Gordon McCalla

Ingo J. Timm

Inon Zuckerman

Jaime Sichman

Kobi Gal

Lars Braubach

Lawrence Cavedon

Leonardo Garrido

Liz Sonenberg

Magnus Boman

Marcelo Ribeiro

Martin Purvis

Meritxell Vinyals

Michael Thielscher

Neil Yorke-Smith

Priscilla Avegliano

Rainer Unland

Ryo Kanamori

Sankalp Khanna

Sarvapali Ramchurn

Sascha Ossowski

Shantanu Chakraborty

Sherief Abdallah

Simon Thompson

Simon Goss

Toby Walsh

Wayne Wobcke

Wei Chen

Zakaria Maamar


Previous CARE workshops:

CARE@AI 2009, Melbourne, Australia

CARE@IAT 2010, Toronto, Canada

CARE@AAMAS 2011, Taipei, Taiwan