• 16 May 2018: Submissions are now closed. We received 55 submissions this year!
  • 14 May 2018: The submission deadline has been extended to 15 May 2018 23:59 UTC!
  • 19 April 2018: The submission deadline has been extended to 13 May 2018!
  • 7 March 2018: Program Committee members added
  • 27 February 2018: ALA 2018 site launched

ALA 2018 - Workshop at the Federated AI Meeting 2018

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

This year's edition of ALA will be held as part of the joint workshop program at the Federated AI Meeting (FAIM) which will take place in Stockholm. Co-located conferences at the FAIM include AAMAS, ICML, IJCAI-ECAI, ICCBR and SOCS.

This workshop is a continuation of the long running AAMAS series of workshops on adaptive agents, now in its sixteenth year. Previous editions of this workshop may be found at the following urls:

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

This workshop will focus on all aspects of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems with a particular amphasis 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 multi-agent learning
  • Reinforcement learning (single- and multi-agent)
  • Novel deep learning approaches for adaptive single- and multi-agent systems
  • Multi-objective optimisation in single- and multi-agent systems
  • Planning (single- and multi-agent)
  • Reasoning (single- and multi-agent)
  • Distributed learning
  • Adaptation and learning in dynamic environments
  • Evolution of agents in complex environments
  • Co-evolution of agents in a multi-agent setting
  • Cooperative exploration and learning to cooperate and collaborate
  • Learning trust and reputation
  • Communication restrictions and their impact on multi-agent 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 multi-agent systems
  • Game theoretical analysis of adaptive multi-agent systems
  • Neuro-control in multi-agent systems
  • Bio-inspired multi-agent systems
  • Applications of adaptive and learning agents and multi-agent systems to real world complex systems

Extended and revised versions of papers presented at the workshop will be eligible for inclusion in a journal special issue (see below).

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: 22 April 2018    extended to 15 May 2018 23:59 UTC
  • Notification of acceptance: 29 May 2018    13 June 2018
  • Camera-ready copies: 12 June 2018    27 June 2018
  • Workshop: 14/15 July 2018

Submission Details

Papers can be submitted through EasyChair.

We invite submission of original work, up to 8 pages in length (excluding references) in the ACM proceedings format (i.e. following the AAMAS formatting instructions). This includes work that has been accepted as a poster/extended abstract at any of the FAIM 2018 conferences. Additionally, we welcome submission of preliminary results, i.e. work-in-progress, as well as visionary outlook papers that lay out directions for future research in a specific area, both up to 6 pages in length, although shorter papers are very much welcome, and will not be judged differently. Finally, we also accept recently published journal papers in the form of a 2 page abstract.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed (single-blind). Accepted work will be allocated time for oral presentation during the workshop. Papers accepted at the workshop will also be eligible for inclusion in a special issue published after the workshop.

Journal Special Issue

We are delighted to announce that extended versions of all original contributions at ALA 2018 will be eligible for inclusion in a special issue of The Knowledge Engineering Review (Impact Factor 1.510). The deadline for submitting extended papers will be 1 October 2018.

We will post further details about the submission process and expected publication timeline here after the workshop.


To be confirmed.

Invited Talks

To be confirmed.

Program Committee

  • Baris Akgün, Koç University, TR
  • Adrian Agogino, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
  • Roland Bouffanais, Singapore University of Technology and Design, SG
  • Tim Brys, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE
  • Jen Jen Chung, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, CH
  • Chad Crawford, University of Tulsa, USA
  • William Curran, Oregon State University, USA
  • Felipe Leno da Silva, University of São Paulo, BR
  • Sam Devlin, Microsoft Research, UK
  • Kyriakos Efthymiadis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE
  • Ahmad A. Al Sallab, Valeo, EG
  • Matthew Gombolay, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Brent Harrison, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mark Ho, Brown University, USA
  • B. Ravi Kiran, AKKA, FR
  • Richard Klima, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Matt Knudson, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
  • Pieter Liblin, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, IE
  • Robert Loftin, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Patrick MacAlpine, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Marlos Machado, University of Alberta, CA
  • Kleanthis Malialis, University of Cyprus, CY
  • Karl Mason, National University of Ireland Galway, IE
  • Kory Mathewson, University of Alberta, CA
  • Felipe Meneguzzi, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, BR
  • Paul Miller, Glasgow Neuro LTD, UK
  • Enrique Munoz de Cote,, UK
  • Roxana Radulescu, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE
  • Carrie Rebhuhn, Oregon State University, USA
  • Gabriel Ramos, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE
  • Diederik Roijers, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE
  • Fernando P. Santos, Technical University of Lisbon, PT
  • Francisco Santos, Universidade de Lisboa, PT
  • Aleksei Shpilman, JetBrains Research, RU
  • Jivko Sinapov, Tufts University, USA
  • Ibrahim Sobh, Valeo, EG
  • Peter Vamplew, Federation University Australia, AU
  • Timothy Verstraeten, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE
  • Senthil Yogamani, Valeo Vision Systems, IE


This year's workshop is organised by:
Senior Steering Committee Members:
  • Enda Howley (National University of Ireland Galway, IE)
  • Daniel Kudenko (University of York, UK)
  • Ann Nowé (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE)
  • Sandip Sen (University of Tulsa, USA)
  • Peter Stone (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Matthew Taylor (Washington State University, USA)
  • Kagan Tumer (Oregon State University, USA)
  • Karl Tuyls (University of Liverpool, UK)


If you have any questions about the ALA workshop, please contact the organizers at:
ala.workshop.2018 AT

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