Trip to AAMAS 2008

Last week some of the KEMLg guys (Roberto, João, Javier, Guiem and I) spent some days in Estoril, attending the Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) conference. It’s been the first time I go to such a big conference, with around ~450 participants.

One could think that an event of this sort can be quite boring. Well, at some specific sessions I got really bored, but attending the whole conference has really paid off. Many papers and specially the invited speakers have been quite interesting. In fact, the research field is very very broad at the moment and there are many topics that are worth checking. If I manage to get some time, I will try to post a review of the advances that seemed more interesting to me.

Concerning our participation, we all presented our papers on the Monday workshops (AHC and SOCASE). It was a funny experience, once we have gone through it. However, we have set ourselves the objective of getting papers accepted for the main conference ;)

The end of a (very) long day

Also, all the Contract presentations in the SOCASE workshop and the Industrial Track had a good attendance and a lot of feedback, and even opened the chance of collaborating with other business process and service contract related projects. It seems that the results of the project will have a fair amount of impact.

Anyway, the best part came after the conference finished, when I went to Porto and spent some days of relax thanks to the priceless hospitality of João. But that’s a different topic :) I have opened a Flickr set of the trip.