3rd International Workshop On

Agents and Web Services in Distributed Environments
(AWeSOMe '07)

The IEEE FIPA Agent and Web Services Interoperability (AWSI) Working Group meeting is co-located with AWESOME’07

Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, Nov 26 - 27, 2007


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.

Agents, on the other hand, are autonomous software entities that inhabit an environment and interact with each other in order to achieve their own goals on behalf of their owners.

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

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

  • Formal and practical knowledge representation and inference for the semantic Web
  • 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;
  • Autonomic computing
  • Capability matching and matchmakers;
  • Communication patterns for web services;
  • Composing agents and web services (on the grid);
  • Distributed Environments
  • Intelligent matchmaking and service brokering;
  • Interoperability of web services;
  • Issues of trust for web services, agents and ontologies;
  • 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;
  • 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’07 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, clarity of expression, and relevance to IFIP WG 2.12 & WG 12.4. All submissions must be in English, and will be refereed by a program committee comprising members of the Working Group. Research submissions must not exceed 10 pages following the Springer format. Submissions should be made in PDF format. Detailed formatting instructions can be found at:


The final proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag as LNCS. Failure to commit to presentation at the conference automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.

The paper submission site is located 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: http://www.iospress.nl/html/15741702.php


  • Pilar Herrero

    Facultad de Informática

    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

    Madrid (Spain)

    Phone: (+34) 91.336.74.56

    Fax: (+34) 91.336.65.95E

  • Gonzalo Méndez

    Facultad de Informática

    Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    Madrid (Spain)

    Phone: (+34) 91.394.75.99

    Fax: (+34) 91.394.75.29

  • Rainer Unland

    Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems (ICB)

    University of Duisburg-Essen

    Essen, Germany

    Phone: (+49) 201-183 3421

    Fax: (+49) 201-183 4460

Program Committee Members

  • M Brian Blake - Georgetown University, USA
  • José Luis Bosque - Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
  • Juan A. Botía Blaya - Universidad de Murcia, Spain
  • Paul Buhler - College of Charleston, USA
  • Jose Cardoso - Universidad Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Isaac Chao - Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, Spain
  • Adam Cheyer - SRI International, USA
  • Ian Dickinson - HP Labs, UK
  • 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 Martínez - Universidad de Murcia, Spain
  • Viviana Mascardi - Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy
  • Michael Maximilien - IBM Almaden Research Center, USA
  • Barry Norton - Open University, UK
  • Julian Padget - University of Bath, UK
  • Mauricio Paletta - Universidad Nacional Experimental de Guayana, Venezuela
  • Juan Pavón - Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain
  • José Peña - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • María Pérez - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Ronald Poell - Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research
  • Omer Rana - Cardiff University
  • Paul Roe - Queensland University of Technology , Australia
  • Marta Sabou - Open University, UK
  • Manuel Salvadores - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Alberto Sánchez - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Weisong Shi - Wayne State University, USA
  • Marius-Calin Silaghi - Florida Institute of Technology, USA
  • Ben KM Sim - Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Hiroki Suguri - Comtec, Japan
  • Henry Tirri - Nokia Research Center(NRC), Finland
  • Santtu Toivonen - VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland
  • Sander van Splunter - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Julita Vassileva - University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Yao Wang - University of Saskatchewan, Canada