Special Issue on Agent-oriented Design methods and Programming Techniques for Distributed Computing in Dynamic and Complex Environments

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 June, 2013: the hard-copy of the issue has been published; Volume 78, Issue 6, 1 June 2013.
 December, 2011: 7 papers have been definitively accepted for the special issue.
 September, 2011: 3 papers have been already accepted; for the others, the notification has been delayed.
 August, 2011: 7 papers have passed the first round review, and now they are under the second round.
 June 25, 2011: We (guest editors) are providing decisions to the editor. He will notify authors shortly.

Issue information

Science of Computer Programming

Volume 78, Issue 6, 1 June 2013


Accepted papers

The accepted papers for the special issue are:

  • "Towards a next-generation AOSE methodology" by Michael Winnikoff and Hoa Khanh Dam
  • "A Model-Driven CASE tool for Developing and Verifying Regulated Open MAS" by Emilia Garcia, Adriana Giret, Vicente Botti
  • "Simulation in Agent-Oriented Software Engineering: The SODA Case Study" by Ambra Molesini, Matteo Casadei, Andrea Omicini, and Mirko Viroli
  • "A Scalable Multiagent System Architecture for Interactive Applications" by Guillermo Vigueras, Juan Manuel Orduña Huertas, Miguel Lozano, and Yvon Jègou
  • "An Application-level Technique based on Recursive Hierarchical State Machines for Agent Execution State Capture" by Giancarlo Fortino and Francesco Rango
  • "Multi-Agent Oriented Programming with JaCaMo" by Olivier Boissier, Rafael H Bordini, Jomi F Hubner, Alessandro Ricci, and Andrea Santi
  • "Multi-Agent Approach to Distributed Ant Colony Optimization" by Costin Badica and Sorin Ilie

Call for Papers

Agent-based approaches become quite popular as design methods and programming techniques for distributed computing. In particular, they find their way to dynamic and complex environments, where they provide the much needed robustness and flexibility. As a cause and effect of this process we observe that the field of agent technology is rapidly maturing. Here, the gathered body of knowledge allows in-depth reflection on the nature of designing and implementing agent systems. As a result, understanding of most important issues to be addressed in the process arises. Such understanding materializes in (1) methodologies for design of agent-based systems, (2) development of tools that guide the process towards implementation, (3) increasing maturity of agent tools / platforms / environments.

In the Special Issue we are primarily interested in the pathway from the model of the problem domain to the actual agent-based solution. These aspects will cover both principled approaches and established practices of software engineering aimed at producing high quality software.

Relevant topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Agent modeling, calculi, and logics for distributed computing
  • Methodologies for design of agent systems
  • Agent frameworks and programming tools
  • Agent architectures for distributed computing
  • Agent-based simulations of dynamic and complex environments
  • Agent benchmarking and performance measurement in distributed environments
  • Agent communication, coordination and cooperation in dynamic and complex environments
  • Mobile agent systems: code mobility management and programming toolkits
  • Agent-based middleware for distributed computing
  • Agent-based applications and experiences in dynamic and complex distributed environments

Important dates


Submission: February, 28, 2011

Notification to authors: (delayed) June 20, 2011

Revised submission: (postponed) July 31 2011

Notification to authors: (delayed) September 30 2011

Final version: (postponed) October 31 2011


Science of Computer Programming published by Elsevier


Original high-quality contributions that have been neither published in nor simultaneously submitted to any journals or refereed conferences are welcomed. Submissions will be peer-reviewed using the standard refereeing procedure of the Journal of Science of Computer Programming (http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/505623/description#description)

Please prepare your submission based on EES templates. Author guidelines can be found here http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/505623/authorinstructions

The length of the paper is between 15 and 20 pages.

The submission website for this journal is located at: http://ees.elsevier.com/scico/default.asp

To ensure that your manuscript is correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, authors must select SI:Agents for Distributed Computing when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

Resources for authors

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Guest Editors

Prof. Giacomo Cabri

Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy


Dr. Maria Ganzha

System Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences & Institute of Informatics, University of Gdansk, Poland


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