to be held in conjunction with
The 11th European Conference on Symbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty
(ECSQARU 2011)
June 28 Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Submission deadline extended until April 29!

Sensor networks are increasingly seen as a solution to the problem of performing wide-area monitoring and surveillance within urban, environmental, security and defensive scenarios. Sensors distributed over a wide area, communicate through the network to ensure monitoring and control of the area covered. Multiple sensors observe the environment and then exchange their probability estimates (for the occurrence of an event) with each other. Sensors are able to fuse the evidence in such received messages, and compute the probability of occurrence of the relevant event. Negotiation processes enable agreement on the nature of the event.

On the one hand, the distributed nature of these networks, and the increasing expectation of autonomous behaviour from the sensors leads naturally to a multi-agent approach to analysis, design and development of sensor networks. Further technical challenges include decentralised control, co-ordination, resource allocation, which are mainstream research within the agent community. On the other hand, the nature of sensor networks leads to possible failures of interactions and noisy communication, which calls for uncertainty reasoning and data and knowledge fusion approaches to information exchange and decision making in sensor networks. Furthermore, the increasing availability of sensor network data, and the need to make use of it in real-time for informed decision making, requires the development of intelligent agents that can autonomously acquire knowledge from these networks, and perform information processing tasks such as fusion, inference and prediction.

This workshop aims to explore the synergy of agent technologies, data and knowledge fusion and uncertainty reasoning for design and implementation of sensor networks and also for the processing of sensor network data and decision support.


9:00Registration and welcome
9:30Session 1:
  • Managing Multiple Hypotheses with Agents to Handle Incomplete and Uncertain Data - Benoit Vettier, Laure Amate, Catherine Garbay, Julie Fontecave-Jallon and Pierre Baconnier, [paper]
  • Reasoning with Information Reported by Imperfect agents - Laurence Cholvy and Jocelyn Chauvet-Paz, [paper]
10:30Coffe Break
11:00Session 2:
  • Understanding what is going on, or how to make sense of situations - Philippe Chassy, Didier Dubois and Henri Prade, [paper]
  • Representation of interaction among criteria and bipolarity in multi-criteria decision making - Christophe Labreuche, [paper]
12:00Demos at ECIT
12:30Lunch and visit to Titanic docks (Titanic: 13:30-14:00)
14:15Invited talk: Nick Jennings [abstract]
15:30Coffee Break
16:00Session 3:
  • Multi-Agent Architecture for Event Generation Based on Event Reasoning - Neil Montgomery, Weiru Liu, Virginia Dignum and Paul Miller, [paper]
  • Virtual Visual Sensors and Their Application in Structural Health Monitoring - Yi-Zhe Song, Chris Bowen, Alicia Kim, Aydin Nassehi, Julian Padget and Nick Gathercole, [paper]
17:00Closing discussion (end 17:30)

Topics of interest include:

  1. Agent-based architectures for sensor networks
  2. Agent-based simulation of sensor networks
  3. Organization structures for sensor networks
  4. Sensor network management (including game theory, negotiation and market approaches).
  5. Reasoning with uncertainty and failure in sensor networks
  6. Reliable communication in sensor networks
  7. Coordination and planning
  8. Adaptive and learning agents for sensor networks
  9. Emergent behaviour
  10. Data and knowledge fusion and aggregation within sensor networks
  11. Reasoning with incomplete or uncertain information
  12. Security and trust in sensor networks
  13. Applications and real-world deployments of sensor networks
  14. Reliability, efficiency, and fault tolerance

Invited Speaker

Nick Jennings, Southampton University: Computational Service Economies: Design and Applications [abstract]


Virginia Dignum, TU Delft
Frank Dignum, Utrecht University
Frances Brazier, TU Delft
Paul Miller, Queen University Belfast
Han la Poutré, Utrecht University and CWI
Martijn Warnier, TU Delft

Programme Committee

Salem Benferhat (Lens, France)
Laurence Cholvy (Onera, France)
Jurriaan van Diggelen (TNO, NL)
Zhi Jin (Institute of Mathematics, Beijng, China
Jérôme Lang (IRIT, France)
Churn-Jung Liau (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
Weiru Liu (Queen University Belfast, UK)
José Manuel Molina López (Univ. Carlos III, Spain)
Thomas Meyer (Meraka Institute, South Africa)
Julian Padget (University of Bath, UK)
Henri Prade (IRIT, France)
Juan Antonio Rodriguez (IIIA, CSIC, Spain)
Rainer Unland (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

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Important dates

Submission deadline: 29 April 2011
Notifications: 13 May 2011
Camera Ready: 27 May 2011
Workshop: 28 June 2011

Paper preparation and submission

Papers must not exceed 12 pages in length in the standard LNCS/LNAI conference proceedings format and must be submitted as PDF files through the EasyChair submission system.
Submitted papers will be evaluated by peer review on the basis of originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.

Post publication

special issue in the Journal of Multi Agent and Grid Systems (MAGS, IOS Press)


The workshop is hosted at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)

Registration Info

Information about registration can be found here


During the lunch break of the workshop there will be an excursion to the Titanic's Dock

Last modified: Wed Feb 2 09:22:18 CET 2011