Wollongong, Australia 14 November 2011


International Workshop on Multi-Agent Smart Computing 2011.
Wollongong University, Australia
12:30 - 17:30 Nov 14th, 2011.

12:30 - 12:40
Greetings by Takayuki Ito

12:40 - 13:10
Extending MATSim to allow the simulation of route coordination mechanisms
Enrique De La Hoz De La Hoz, Iván Marsa Maestre, Miguel A. Lopez-Carmona and Pablo Pérez

13:10 - 13:50
A Co-dependent Value-based Mechanism for the Internet Advertisement Auction
Satoshi Takahashi, Tokuro Matsuo, Takayuki Ito and Roger Lee

13:50 - 14:30
Agent-Based Demand Management in Power Distribution Network by Considering Distributed Generations
Fenghui Ren, Minjie Zhang and Danny Soetanto

14:30 - 14:40 Break

14:40 - 15:20
Invited Talk

The Autonomic Power System: Towards SmartGrid 2050
Professor Jeremy Pitt

(See below for the details)

15:20 - 16:00
Evaluation of special lanes as incentive policies for promoting electric vehicles
Ryo Kanamori, Takayuki Morikawa and Takayuki Ito

16:00 - 16:40
Smart Sensing, Estimation, and Prediction for Efficient Building Energy Management
Sunil Mamidi, Yu-Han Chang and Rajiv Maheswaran

16:40 - 17:20
An Approach to Sustainable Electric Power Allocation Using a Multi-Round Multi-Unit Combinatorial Auction
Naoki Fukuta and Takayuki Ito


Invited Talk

The Autonomic Power System: Towards SmartGrid 2050

Jeremy Pitt (Imperial College London), Stephen McArthur (University of Strathclyde), Goran Strbac (Imperial College London)

The future of electricity networks is being shaped by three powerful forces: (i) the limitations of current planning, operation and control practices, and (ii) unprecedented opportunities opened by advanced communication and information technologies to massively improve asset utilisation and provide full choice, and (iii) the requirement for institutions to be more responsive, adaptive and enduring, and mustsupport decision-making with time-frames which range from a few seconds (spot markets) to many years (investment decisions). In this talk, we will outline a 4 year UK research programme in the Autonomic Power System, and survey the potential impact on economics and investment, on policy and regulation, and on people and society. We consider the major challenges facing electricity futures in the utilisation of the generation, transmission and distribution assets, if the present network operation and design philosophy is maintained. We consider how ICT-enabled systems can support alternative operating strategies for an autonomic power system with uncertainty in plant/demand responses. Finally, given local energy generation by 'prosumers', we also suggest that ICT-enabled systems can form enduring electronic institutions which can manage the grid from the perspective of a common pool resource, adapting local provision and appropriation rules according to the current state of the system. We conclude that a successful outcome of the research programme would be a blueprint for a self-controlling, self-healing, self-optimising and self-protecting power system, which would represent a significant step forward towards sustaining a low-carbon economy.

Speaker Bio:
Jeremy Pitt is Reader in Intelligent Systems in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London, where he is also Deputy Head of the Intelligent Systems & Networks Group, Director of the Information Systems Engineering M.Eng. course, and an Associate Director of Institute for Security Science and Technology. His research interests focus on the foundations of computational logic and its application to multi-agent systems, in particular agent societies, agent communication languages, and self-organising electronic institutions. He has been an investigator on more than 30 research projects, has published more than 150 articles in journals and conferences, and given more than 50 invited talks and seminars. He is a Senior Member of the ACM, a Fellow of the BCS, a Fellow of the IET, and an Associate Editor of ACM TAAS



Important dates

Workshop goals

MASmart2011 is the international workshop on advances in theory, systems, and applications for smart software. Multi-agent Smart computing is a new interdisciplinary field that aims to apply techniques from multi-agent systems and related disciplines (for example, smart grid, green computing, life innovation, smart elderly care systems, etc.) to the balancing of environmental, economic, and societal needs, in order to support sustainable development and a sustainable future. Research in multi-agent smart computing is inherently interdisciplinary: It brings together multi-agent computational fields and a variety of fields with a long tradition in the study of smart city problems, such as environmental sciences, biology, economics, and sociology. Multi-agent systems, in particular, can play a key role in addressing challenges in smart computing.

We encourage participants to submit a paper (15 pages max), describing their work on one or more of the topics mentioned above. Please use the LNCS format for formatting your paper.

We solicit papers on all aspects of such smart systems and applications in the field of Multi-Agent Systems and Web Intelligence, including but not limited to:

Submission procedure

PRIMA-2011 workshops will be published in a joint volume in the LNAI series, Springer. Papers should thus be in Springer LNCS format and no more than 15 pages in length. They should be submitted as a PDF file and must include the author's name(s), affiliation, complete mailing address and email address. MASmart2011 submissions will be reviewed by 3 PC members.

Submissions must be done through the Easychair system:

The deadline for receipt of submissions is August, 12, 2011.  Papers received after this date will not be reviewed.