The ANAC competition of May 2016, to be held in conjunction with AAMAS 2016 in Singapore, is expected to focus on multiparty negotiation under more complex situations.
We also would like to thank AAMAS and our sponsors over the years.
Drawing on our experiences as general and program cochairs of the 2011 AAMAS conference, our request to the authors selected for this special issue was to include material motivating the topic; to give an overview of research in the subfield with pointers to contemporary review articles where feasible; to discuss some of the authors' own contributions to the topic; and to offer an account of challenges or future directions.
The opening article in this collection, An Overview of Recent Application Trends at the AAMAS Conference: Security, Sustainability, and Safety by Manish Jain, Bo An, and Milind Tambe, profiles work that ties agent systems research into practical applications.
This article focuses on the more recent efforts to marry research with practical applications that have been reported at AAMAS over the past two years.
While commercial evacuation simulation tools have begun to explore agent-based simulations, (1) researchers at AAMAS have brought to bear richer models of agents in such simulations, allowing us to gauge the impact of different environmental, emotional, and informational conditions (Tsai et al.
I posit that the growing success of robotics at AAMAS is due not only to the nurturing efforts of the AAMAS community, but mainly to the increasing recognition of an important, deeper, truth: robots are agents.
Some 20 years ago, artificial intelligence researchers began to recognize that thinking about agents as such is useful, and this ultimately lead to the birth of the AAMAS community.
The conference itself was five days in total, consisting of a tutorial program, a workshop program, the main conference technical track, a reviewed poster track, a reviewed industry paper track, a reviewed demonstration track, sponsor demonstration sessions, invited talks, an exhibition with exhibits from technology providers and publishers, a doctoral mentoring program, and the second annual AAMAS women's luncheon, which provided women with the opportunity to discuss their experiences, problems, and successes in an informal setting.
The AAMAS 2005 opening reception was held at the Academiegebouw, the academic center of the university, located in a historic building next to the Dom tower.
It is also interesting that both of the best paper awards made by the AAMAS conference have gone to papers in this area (with the AAMAS-02 best paper going to David Pynadath and Milind Tambe from USC / ISI).
(1.) Links to past and future AAMAS conferences are available online at www.aamas-conference.org/.