The Second International Workshop on

Agents, Web Services and Ontologies Merging (AWeSOMe'06)

Montpellier, France, 29 Oct 2006

In conjunction with OnTheMove Federated Conferences (OTM'06)

Proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag

Web services are a rapidly expanding approach to building distributed software systems across networks such as the Internet. A Web service is an operation typically addressed via a URI, declaratively described using widely accepted standards, and accessed via platform-independent XML-based messages.

Emerging ontologies are being used to construct semantically rich service descriptions. Techniques for planning, composing, editing, reasoning about and analysing these descriptions are being investigated and deployed to resolve semantic interoperability between services within scalable, open environments.

Agents and multi-agent systems can benefit from this combination, and can be used for web service discovery, use and composition. In addition, web services and multi-agent systems bear certain similarities, such as a component-like behaviour, that can help to make their development much easier.

The AWeSOMe workshop is an interdisciplinary workshop based on research and applications of various subject areas that contribute to the development of an intelligent service Web.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Agent-based modelling and design techniques to address problems in web service system development;
  • Agent-based resource and service management in grid environments;
  • Agents and the semantic web;
  • Architectures and infrastructure for distributed agent- or service- based frameworks;
  • Architectures for supporting agents and web services within the semantic web;
  • Capability matching and matchmakers;
  • Composing agents and web services on the grid;
  • Evaluation of dynamic pricing and trading mechanisms using autonomous agents;
  • Infrastructure and architectures for M-services;
  • Intelligent matchmaking and service brokering;
  • Interoperability of web services;
  • Multi-agent techniques to describing, organizing, and discovering web services;
  • Ontology or semantic-based approaches to describing and classifying services and capabilities;
  • Ontologies for describing service parameters and request preferences;
  • Ontologies for describing agent resources and agent security parameters;
  • Ontologies for describing low-level services and platform characteristics;
  • Pricing and payment models for Web services;
  • Process modeling for service/agent composition, orchestration and coordination;
  • Scaleable service composition for heterogeneous environments;
  • Security support for agents and services, and agent-based approaches to service security;
  • Semantics for service delegation and knowledge aggregation;
  • Semantics in Agent Communication Languages;
  • Services and the semantic web, including initiatives such as OWL-S (formerly DAML-S);
  • Software engineering for agent-based semantic web services;
  • Supporting service discovery and service management using agent-based approaches;
  • Use of agent-based approaches for web service personalization;
  • Use of context and conversations for Web services composition;
  • Use of web service infrastructure and tools for building multi-agent systems;
  • Web agents;


Papers submitted to AWeSOMe'06 must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere or be under review for another workshop or conference.

All submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. All submissions must be in English. Submissions should be in PDF format and must not exceed 10 pages in the final camera-ready format. Authors instructions can be found at:

Additionally, the best papers of the workshop will be invited to submit revised and extended versions of their papers to a special issue of the Multiagent and Grid Systems (MAGS) journal:

The paper submission site is located at:

Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.



  • Daniel Grosu
    Department of Computer Science
    Wayne State University
    5143 Cass Avenue, 464 State Hall
    Detroit, Michigan, 48202
    Phone: (313) 577-5171
    Fax: (313) 577-6868
  • Pilar Herrero
    Facultad de Informática
    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
    Campus de Montegancedo S/N
    28660 Boadilla del Monte
    Madrid (Spain)
    Phone: (+34) 91.336.74.56
    Fax: (+34) 91.336.65.95E

  • Gonzalo Méndez
    Facultad de Informática
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    C/ Prof. José García Santesmases, s/n.
    28040 Madrid (Spain)
    Phone: (+34) 91.394.75.99

  • Marta Sabou
    Knowledge Media Institute
    The Open University
    Walton Hall
    Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (UK)


  • José Luis Bosque - Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
  • Juan A. Botía Blaya - Universidad de Murcia, Spai
  • Liliana Cabral - Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, UK
  • Isaac Chao - Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain
  • Adam Cheyer - SRI International, USA
  • Ian Dickinson - HP Labs, UK
  • John Domingue - Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, UK
  • Antonio Garcia Dopico - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Jorge Gómez - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Dominic Greenwood - Whitestein Technologies AG, Switzerland
  • Jingshan Huang - University of South Carolina, USA
  • Margaret Lyell - The MITRE Corporation, USA
  • Dan Marinescu - University of Central Florida, USA
  • Gregorio Martinez - Universidad de Murcia, Spain
  • Michael Maximilien - IBM Almaden Research Center, USA
  • Mauricio Paletta - Universidad Nacional Experimental de Guayana, Venezuela
  • Juan Pavón - Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain
  • José María Peña - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • María Pérez - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Ronald Poell - Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, Netherlands
  • Debbie Richards - Macquarie University, Australia
  • Víctor Robles - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Paul Roe - Queensland University of Technology , Australia
  • Manuel Salvadores - Imbert Management Consulting Group, Spain
  • Alberto Sánchez - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Weisong Shi - Wayne State University, USA
  • Marius-Calin Silaghi - Florida Institute of Technology, USA
  • Henry Tirri - Nokia Research Center(NRC), Finland
  • Santtu Toivonen - VTT Information Technology, Finland
  • Rainer Unland - University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Chris van Aart - Acklin B.V., The Netherlands
  • Sander van Splunter - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Holland
  • Julita Vassileva - University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Niek Wijngaards - Thales Research & Technology, The Netherlands
  • Cheng-Zhong Xu - Wayne State University, USA