School format

EASSS will be composed of tutorial sessions, aiming at including both lectures and practical labs. We expect that at least some of the tutorials will be run as parallel sessions. In addition, EASSS will promote informal networking periods, where tutors and attendees (mostly early-stage researchers on agents and multi-agent systems) can exchange ideas. A social event will take place in the city of Porto.

A tutorial proposal should take the form of a 2-page PDF document (see details below).

Important dates

Tutorial proposal deadline: February 1, 2020
Notification of tutorial acceptance: March 1, 2020
Early application deadline (for participants): May 15, 2020
Teaching materials available for the organization: July 1, 2020
Late application deadline (for participants): July 1, 2020
EASSS 2020: July 20-24, 2020

Call-for-Tutorials

We invite proposals from members of the research community who are willing to offer tutorials at EASSS 2020. We are interested in tutorial proposals in all areas of current research in Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. As a very rough guideline, any topic that might be covered at the AAMAS conference or in the JAAMAS journal would be suitable for EASSS.

We aim for a mix of tutorials on fundamental and well-established topics, as well as overviews of new and emerging areas of research. Tutorials should cover an appropriate selection of approaches and not mainly focus on the tutors’ own contributions. Besides providing a coherent overview of a specific research topic, we specifically encourage tutorial proposals to articulate a clear link to applications and pragmatic consideration of the fundamental topics presented. Tutorials that cover, in whole or in part, specific technological tools in the form of a hands-on session (e.g. for development of multi-agent systems, simulation of agent-based systems, or reinforcement learning), are also very welcome.

We encourage both well-established senior researchers and younger colleagues to submit proposals. Each tutorial is usually given by one or two people. Exceptions are of course possible; for proposals by more than two tutors, please justify this choice in the proposal and explain how you intend to ensure the coherence of the tutorial.

To support the tutors, we can commit to the provision of up to €500 per tutorial, to cover the tutorial team travel and accommodation costs.

Submission guidelines

A tutorial proposal should take the form of a 2-page PDF document covering the following points (preferably in this order):

  1. Title of the proposed tutorial.
  2. Tutor(s): name, affiliation, contact details (email), and a link to the personal homepage of each tutor.
  3. Abstract: a short paragraph describing the tutorial (100-300 words), suitable for publication at the EASSS 2020 website.
  4. Short biographical sketch for each tutor (around 100 words per tutor), suitable for publication at the EASSS 2020 website.
  5. Experience of the tutor(s): any details on the relevant teaching experience of the tutor(s).
  6. Syllabus: a detailed list of topics covered in the tutorial, preferably in the order in which the tutorial will cover them.
  7. Type: a clear indication of whether the tutorial takes a theoretical or applications-oriented perspective on the topics covered. We encourage tutorial proposals that balance the two perspectives.
  8. Prerequisites: the target audience or prior knowledge the attendants are assumed to have.
  9. Teaching materials: the kind of teaching materials you intend to provide. These will be needed by the organization on the date stated below.
  10. Duration: typically around 3,5h (half-day). Please explain if you need more time (e.g. for having a hands-on practical session).
  11. Equipment: any special equipment (beyond a beamer and a whiteboard) that you might need.

The proposals should be submitted to EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=easss2020

Any inquiries should be sent to easss2020@fe.up.pt