First International Workshop on:

Agent Technology for Disaster Management


The workshop successfully took place on the 8th of May 2006 in Hakodate, Japan in conjunction with the Fifth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems. The proceedings as well as most of the presentations given at the workshop can be accessed from the links below.

Proceedings of the workshop are available here (8MB): ATDM Papers

Papers accepted (click on the link to get the presentation)

T. Takahashi Requirements to Agent Based Disaster Simulations from Local Government Usages
Y. Nakajima, H. Shiina, S. Yamane, H. Yamaki, T. Ishida Protocol Description and platform in massively multi-agent simulation
A. Kleiner, N. Behrens, H. Kenn Wearable Computing meets Multi-agent systems: a real world interface for the Robocup Rescue simulation platform
J. R. Velasco, M. A. Lopez-Carmona, M. Sedano, M. Garijo, D. Larrabeiti, M. Calderon Role of Multi-agent system on minimalist infrastructure for service provisioning in ad-hoc networks for emergencies
M. Boman, A. Ghaffar, F. Liljeros Social Network visualisation as a race-to-trace tool
P. R. Ferreira Jr., A. Bazzan Swarm-GAP: a swarm based approximation algorithm for e-GAP
G. Wickler, A. Tate, S. Potter Using the <I-N-C-A> constraint model as a shared representation of intentions for emergency response coordination
D. Yergens, T. Noseworthy, D. Hamilton, J. Denzinger Agent-based simulation combined with real-time remote surveillance for disaster response management
J. Buford, G. Jakobson, L. Lewis, N. Parameswaran, P. Ray D-AESOP: a situation aware BDI agent system for disaster situation management
J. Wang, M. Lewis, P. Scerri Cooperating Robots for search and rescue
V. Mysore, G. Narzisi, L. Nelson, D. Rekow, M. Triola, A. Shapiro, C. Coleman, O. Gill, R. Daruwala and B. Mishra Emergency response planning for a potential sarin gas attack in Manhattan using agent-based models
D. Massaguer, V. Balasubramanian, S. Mehrotra, N. Venkatasubramanian Multi-agent simulation of disaster response
Vengfai R. U, N. Reed Enhancing agent capabilities in a large rescue simulation system
K. Keogh, L. Sonenberg Agent teamwork and reorganisation: exploring and exploiting self-awareness in dynamic situations
H. Matsui, K. Izumi, I. Noda Soft-restriction approach for traffic management under disaster rescue situations
M. Ivanyi, L. Gulyas Agent based simulation in disaster management
A. Farinelli Point to Point VS Broadcast Communication for Conflict Resolution
U. Tatalidede, H Levent Akin Planning for Bidding in Single item Auctions
Yohei Murakami, T. Ishida Participatory Simulation for Designing Evacuation Protocols
J. Reich, E. Sklar Toward Automatic Reconfiguration of Robot-Sensor Networks for Urban Search and Rescue
D. Chakraborty, S. Saha, S. Sen, B. Clement Negotiating assignment of disaster monitoring tasks
J. Oh, J. Hwang, S. Smith Agent Technologies for post-disaster urban planning
N. R. Jennings, S. D. Ramchurn, M. Allen-Williams, R. K. Dash, P. S. Dutta, A. Rogers, I. Vetsikas The ALADDIN Project: Agent technology to the rescue
N. Schurr, P. Patil, F. Pighin, M. Tambe Lessons Learnt from Disaster Management





In the light of recent events throughout the world, ranging from natural disasters such as the Asian Tsunami and hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, to the man-made disasters such as the London terrorist attacks, the topic of disaster management (also known as emergency response) become a key concern and there is now an overwhelming need for  better information technology to help support their efficient and effective management.


Disaster management requires that a number of actors, each with their own aims, objectives, and resources, be able to coordinate their efforts in a number of ways to prevent or manage the aftermath of a disaster. The techniques involved may involve both centralized and decentralized coordination mechanisms that need to operate in environments prone to uncertainty given the dynamic nature of disasters. More specifically, the technical issues that agent-based technologies can deal with include:









Against this background, this workshop invites works from different strands of the multi-agent systems community that pertain to technologies that can be applied in disaster management scenarios. In so doing, this workshop aims to provide a forum for the discussion of issues arising in designing, implementing, or simulating agent-based disaster management systems. 




Papers should target applications of agent-based technology to the area of disaster management. Also, position statements from ongoing projects concerned with the application of information technology to disaster management are also welcome. There are plans to invite authors of selected best papers to resubmit in a special issue of a relevant journal (more details will be posted soon). Relevant topics include but are not limited to the following:


  1. Teamwork, Coordination, and Planning Mechanisms in dynamic and uncertain environments.
  2. Decentralised agent-based architectures.
  3. Mechanism Design.
  4. Market Mechanisms.
  5. Multi-agent learning.
  6. Decision making under uncertainty.
  7. Autonomous robots and robot teams.
  8. Agent-based simulation
  9. Distributed constraint optimisation.

Submission Instructions

Papers should be formatted using the ACM conference style file and should be in pdf format. All submissions must be emailed to sdr AT ecs dot soton dot ac dot uk. 

Paper lengths: Position statements should not be more than 2 pages and Full papers should not be more than 8 pages.


Important Dates:


February 1, 2006 ((Passed)):
Deadline for submitting contributions to workshops.
February 19, 2006 ((Passed)):
Acceptance notification to workshop authors.
May 8, 2006 ((Passed))
          Workshop takes place in conjunction with AAMAS 2006.

Paper review process  


Papers were reviewed by 2 PC members each.

Organising Committee

Prof. Nicholas R. Jennings (University of Southampton, UK)

Prof. Milind Tambe (University of Southern California, USA)

Prof. Toru Ishida (Kyoto University, Japan)

Dr. Sarvapali D. Ramchurn (University of Southampton, UK)

Programme Committee

Prof. Austin Tate (AIAI, University of Edinburgh, UK)

Dr. Alessandro Farinelli (UniversitÓ di Roma ''La Sapienza', Italy)

Dr. Frank Fiedrich (George Washington University, USA)

Dr. Alex Rogers (University of Southampton, UK)

Prof. H. Levent Akin (Bogaziši University, Turkey)

Prof. Hitoshi Matsubara (Future University, Japan)

Dr. Itsuki Noda (AIST, Ibaraki, Japan)

Dr. Jeff Bradshaw (IHMC, USA)

Dr. Lin Padgham (RMIT, Australia)

Dr. Partha Dutta (University of Southampton)

Dr. Paul Scerri (Robotics Institute, CMU, USA)

Dr. Ranjit Nair (Honeywell, USA)

Dr. Stephen Hailes (University College London, UK)

Prof. Victor Lesser (University of Massachusetts, USA)

Prof. Tomoichi Takahashi (Meijo University, Japan)

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