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6th Business Agents and the Semantic Web (BASeWEB) Workshop

Hakodate Japan, May 9 2006

A workshop held in conjunction with the Fifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems


E-business increasingly uses Web Services or agents acting on behalf of human buyers and sellers. Such Business Agents can profit from the machine-interpretable product and service descriptions provided by the Semantic Web. The main goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on E-business, Agents, Web Systems and the Semantic Web to explore novel uses of AI techniques in the Web and extending Web techniques by using AI. 

Topics of interest

All topics related to agents and e-business are welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • Semantic Web approaches and architectures

  • Semantic Web services

  • Web agents for producers and consumers

  • E-business architectures in the Semantic Web

  • Business agent architectures 

  • Knowledge management and e-business agents 

  • Product and service codes/registries (e.g., UNSPSC/UDDI)

  • Description logics and web ontologies

  • Extended Horn logics and rule markup techniques (e.g., RuleML) 

  • Application areas for rules (e.g., P3P, XACML, ebXML, DRM, etc.) 

  • Belief logics and planning for multiple agents

  • Rule Systems for Business Agents

  • Negotiation (bargaining, auctions and trust)

  • Inference engines: deduction and induction 

  • Distributed deduction for the Semantic Web 

  • Natural language interfaces for business agents

  • Adaptive business agents

  • Web service composition and choreography

  • Machine learning for adaptive systems and user modeling

  • Human-business agent interaction/cooperation

  • Lessons learned from implemented systems


The proceedings are available as a pdf file.


Session 1  (09:15-10:30) 

09:00-09:15  Opening

09:15-10:15 Dialog Components for Web-based Self Service Consulting.

Invited Talk, Dr Oskar Bartenstein

10:30-11:00 Coffee break


Session 2:  (11:00-12:30)

11:00-11:30: An Agent-mediated Electronic Market of Semantic Web Services

Vedran Podobnik, Gordan Jezic and Krunoslav Trzec

11:30-12:00 A Semantic Enabled Service Provisioning Architecture

Ivano De Furio and Giovanni Frattini

12:00 12:30 Relaxed-criteria Negotiation for G-commerce

Kwang Mong Sim and Ka Fung Ng


12:30-14:00 Lunch break


Session 3:  (14:00-15:30)

14:00-14:30 Service Network Structure Analysis for Web Service Discovery and Composition

John Gekas and Maria Fasli

14:30-15:00 Learning Consumer Preferences for Content-Oriented Negotiation

Reyhan Aydogan and Pinar Yolum

15:00-15:30 Reconciling Ontologies for Coordination among E-business Agents

Jingshan Huang, Jiangbo Dang and Michael N. Hunhs


15:30-16:00 Coffee break


Session 4:  (16:00-17:30)

16:00-16:30 Towards Efficient Outcomes in Multi-issue Negotiation

Sabyasachi Saha and Sandip Sen

16:30-17:00 An Agent-based Approach for Explaining Web Service Composition via Problem Solving Methods in OWL-S

Gustavo Fernandes, Leonardo Ayres, Juliana Carvalho and Vasco Furtado

17:00-17:30 Discussion and closing


Maria Fasli, University of Essex, UK (chair)

Harold Boley , NRC, Fredericton, Canada

Scott Buffett, NRC, Fredericton, Canada

Ali Ghorbani, UNB, Fredericton, Canada

Bruce Spencer, NRC, Fredericton, Canada

Said Tabet, Macgregor, Boston, USA

Program Committee

Ansgar Bernardi, DFKI GmbH, Gernany

Magnus Boman, SICS, Sweden

Brahim Chaib-Draa, Laval University, Canada

Ralph Deters, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Dieter Fensel, Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI), National University of Ireland, Ireland

Hamada Ghenniwa, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Sandy Liu, NRC Institute for Information Technology, Canada

Stephen Marsh, NRC Institute for Information Technology, Canada

Gord McCalla, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Elhadi Shakshuki, Acadia University, Canada

Michael Sintek, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH, Germany

Suzette Stoutenburg, The MITRE Corporation, USA

Thomas Tran, University of Ottawa, Canada

Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan, Canada



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