News

  • 21 Mar 2024: The deadline for the camera-ready version of accepted papers has been extended to 19 Apr 2024
  • 1 Mar 2024: The final decisions for ALA 2024 will be slightly delayed. Due to the overall lower number of submissions this year, the Workshop on Reinforcement Learning in Games will be merged into ALA and unifying the review process will take a few more days. Thanks for your patience!
  • 9 Feb 2024: ALA 2024 submission deadline has been further extended to 12 Feb 2024 23:59 UTC
  • 29 Jan 2024: ALA 2024 submission deadline has been extended to 9 Feb 2024 23:59 UTC
  • 4 Dec 2023: ALA 2024 Website goes live!

ALA 2024 - Workshop at AAMAS 2024

Adaptive and Learning Agents (ALA) encompasses diverse fields such as Computer Science, Software Engineering, Biology, as well as Cognitive and Social Sciences. The ALA workshop will focus on agents and multiagent systems which employ learning or adaptation.

This workshop is a continuation of the long running AAMAS series of workshops on adaptive agents, now in its sixteenth year. Previous editions of this workshop may be found at the following urls:

The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness of and interest in adaptive agent research, encourage collaboration and give a representative overview of current research in the area of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems. It aims at bringing together not only scientists from different areas of computer science (e.g. agent architectures, reinforcement learning, evolutionary algorithms) but also from different fields studying similar concepts (e.g. game theory, bio-inspired control, mechanism design).

The workshop will serve as an inclusive forum for the discussion of ongoing or completed work covering both theoretical and practical aspects of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems.

This workshop will focus on all aspects of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems with a particular amphasis on how to modify established learning techniques and/or create new learning paradigms to address the many challenges presented by complex real-world problems. The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Novel combinations of reinforcement and supervised learning approaches
  • Integrated learning approaches using reasoning modules like negotiation, trust, coordination, etc..
  • Supervised and semi-supervised multi-agent learning
  • Reinforcement learning (single- and multi-agent)
  • Novel deep learning approaches for adaptive single- and multi-agent systems
  • Multi-objective optimisation in single- and multi-agent systems
  • Planning (single- and multi-agent)
  • Reasoning (single- and multi-agent)
  • Distributed learning
  • Adaptation and learning in dynamic environments
  • Evolution of agents in complex environments
  • Co-evolution of agents in a multi-agent setting
  • Cooperative exploration and learning to cooperate and collaborate
  • Learning trust and reputation
  • Communication restrictions and their impact on multi-agent coordination
  • Design of reward structure and fitness measures for coordination
  • Scaling learning techniques to large systems of learning and adaptive agents
  • Emergent behaviour in adaptive multi-agent systems
  • Game theoretical analysis of adaptive multi-agent systems
  • Neuro-control in multi-agent systems
  • Bio-inspired multi-agent systems
  • Human-in-the-loop learning systems
  • Applications of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems to real world complex systems

Extended and revised versions of papers presented at the workshop will be eligible for inclusion in a journal special issue (see below).

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 5 February 2024 9 February 2024   12 February 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: 4 March 2024
  • Camera-ready copies: 25 March 2024   19 April 2024
  • Workshop: 6 - 7 May 2024

Submission Details

Papers can be submitted through OpenReview.

We invite submission of original work, up to 8 pages in length (excluding references) in the ACM proceedings format (i.e. following the AAMAS formatting instructions). This includes work that has been accepted as a poster/extended abstract at AAMAS 2024. Keeping with previous ALA guidelines, papers are limited to 8 pages plus references. Additionally, we welcome submission of preliminary results, i.e. work-in-progress, as well as visionary outlook papers that lay out directions for future research in a specific area, both up to 6 pages in length, although shorter papers are very much welcome, and will not be judged differently. Finally, we also accept recently published journal papers in the form of a 2 page abstract.

Furthermore, for submissions that were rejected or accepted as extended abstracts at AAMAS, authors need to also append the received reviews and a pdfdiff.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed (doubl-blind). Accepted work will be allocated time for poster and possibly oral presentation during the workshop. In line with AAMAS, the workshop will be fully offline. Extended versions of original papers presented at the workshop will also be eligible for inclusion in a post-proceedings journal special issue.

When preparing your submission for ALA 2024, please be sure to remove the AAMAS copyright block, citation information and running headers. You leave the submission id in the AAMAS template empty as we use OpenReview instead of easy chair. Please replace the AAMAS copyright block in the main.tex file from the AAMAS template with the following:

                                \setcopyright{none}
                                \acmConference[ALA '24]{Proc.\@ of the Adaptive and Learning Agents Workshop (ALA 2024)}
                                {May 6-7, 2024}{Online, \url{https://ala2024.github.io/}}{Avalos, Milec, M\"uller, Wang, Yates (eds.)}
                                \copyrightyear{2024}
                                \acmYear{2024}
                                \acmDOI{}
                                \acmPrice{}
                                \acmISBN{}
                                \settopmatter{printacmref=false}
                            

For the submission of the camera-ready paper make sure to submit the deanonymized version with the replaced copyright block above.

Journal Special Issue

We are delighted to announce that extended versions of all original contributions at ALA 2024 will be eligible for inclusion in a special issue of the Springer journal Neural Computing and Applications (Impact Factor 6.0). The deadline for submitting extended papers will be 15 November 2024.

NCA

For further information please contact the workshop organizers and Patrick Mannion.

Organization

This year's workshop is organised by:
  • Raphael Avalos (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE)
  • David Milec (Czech Technical University in Prague, CZ)
  • Henrik Müller (Leibniz University Hannover, DE)
  • Caroline Wang (University of Texas at Austin, US)
  • Connor Yates (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, US)
Senior Steering Committee Members:
  • Enda Howley (University of Galway, IE)
  • Daniel Kudenko (University of York, UK)
  • Patrick Mannion (University of Galway, IE)
  • Ann Nowé (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE)
  • Sandip Sen (University of Tulsa, US)
  • Peter Stone (University of Texas at Austin, US)
  • Matthew Taylor (University of Alberta, CA)
  • Kagan Tumer (Oregon State University, US)
  • Karl Tuyls (University of Liverpool, UK)

Contact

If you have any questions about the ALA workshop, please contact the organizers at:
ala.workshop.2024 AT gmail.com

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