• Tentative schedule announced.
  • Invited talk will be given by Prof Jeffrey Rosenschein, the talk title: Strategyproof Classification.
  • March 4th, notification of acceptance sent to authors.
  • Workshop date announced: Monday May 10th, 2010.
  • February 5, papers sent for review.
  • February 2, submissions closed.

ALA 2010 - Workshop at AAMAS 2010

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

This workshop is a continuation of last year's ALA workshop, now in its tenth year. Previous versions of this workshop may be found at the following urls:

The goal of this workshop is to increase awareness 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 multiagent systems. It aims at bringing together not only scientists from different areas of computer science (e.g., agent architectures, reinforcement learning, and 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 on ongoing or completed work in both theoretical and practical issues of adaptive and learning agents and multiagent systems.

This workshop will focus on all aspects of adaptive and learning agents and multiagent systems with a particular emphasis 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 that work with other agent reasoning modules like negotiation, trust models, coordination, etc.
  • Supervised multiagent learning
  • Reinforcement learning (single and multiagent)
  • Planning (single and multiagent)
  • Reasoning (single and multiagent)
  • Distributed learning
  • Adaptation and learning in dynamic environments
  • Evolution of agents in complex environments
  • Co-evolution of agents in a multiagent setting
  • Cooperative exploration and learning to cooperate and collaborate
  • Learning trust and reputation
  • Communication restrictions and their impact on multiagent 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 multiagent systems
  • Game theoretical analysis of adaptive multiagent systems
  • Neuro-control in multiagent systems
  • Bio-inspired multiagent systems
  • Applications of adaptive and learning agents and multiagents systems to real world complex systems
  • Learning of Co-ordination

Papers in the workshop that focus on multiagent approaches are eligible to be extended for inclusion in a special issue of the Advances in Complex Systems (ACS) journal. A review cycle is scheduled for summer 2010, details will be given on the workshop site. Only papers presented at the workshop are eligible for inclusion in the special issue.


Paper submissions may be emailed in pdf format to with the subject Submission ALA-10. Submissions may be up to 8 pages in the ACM proceedings format (i.e., the same as AAMAS papers in the main conference track) and will be reviewed for relevance, originality, significance, and clarity. Accepted work will be allocated time for oral presentation during the one day workshop.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline
February 2nd, 2010
  • Notification of acceptance:
March 5th, 2010 (Note new date)
  • Camera-ready copies:
March 15th, 2010
  • Workshop:
Monday May 10th, 2010


The ALA workshop will be held at AAMAS 2010, the ninth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems which will take place in Toronto, Canada.


Registration is handled directly by AAMAS.


Tentative Schedule:

08:30-10:00 Morning Session 1
Chair: Matthew Taylor
10:00-10:30: coffee break
10:30-12:00 Morning Session 2
Chair: Ann Nowé
12:00-13:30: lunch break
13:30-15:00 Afternoon Session 1
Chair: John Anderson
15:00-15:30: coffee break
15:30-17:00 Afternoon Session 2
Chair: Steven de Jong

Program Committee

  • Adrian Agogino, UCSC, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
  • Sherief Abdallah, British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Eduardo Alonso, City University, UK
  • Bikramjit Banerjee, The University of Southern Mississippi, USA
  • Ana L.C. Bazzan, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Vincent Corruble, University of Paris 6, France
  • Enda Howley, National University of Ireland, Ireland
  • Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Franziska Klügl, University of Orebro, Sweden
  • W. Bradley Knox, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Daniel Kudenko, University of York, UK
  • Ann Nowé, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
  • Lynne Parker, University of Tennessee, USA
  • Jeffrey Rosenschein, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Michael Rovatsos, Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications, UK
  • Sandip Sen, University of Tulsa, USA
  • Kagan Tumer, Oregon State University, USA
  • Karl Tuyls, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • Katja Verbreek, KaHo Sint-Lieven, Belgium
  • Pawel Wawrzynski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland


This year's workshop is organized by:

Questions about the ALA workshop should be directed to the chairs by email:

Senior Steering Committee Members:
  • Franziska Klügl (University of Orebro, Sweden)
  • Daniel Kudenko (University of York, UK)
  • Ann Nowé (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium)
  • Lynne E. Parker (University of Tennessee, USA)
  • Sandip Sen (University of Tulsa, USA)
  • Peter Stone (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Kagan Tumer (Oregon State University, USA)
  • Karl Tuyls (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)


For inquiries please feel free to contact the chairs by e-mail: