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The workshop on Declarative Agent Languages and Technologies (DALT), in its sixth edition this year, is a well-established forum for researchers interested in sharing their experiences in combining declarative and formal approaches with engineering and technology aspects of agents and multiagent systems. Building complex agent systems calls for models and technologies that ensure predictability, allow for the verification of properties, and guarantee flexibility. Developing technologies that can satisfy these requirements still poses an important and difficult challenge. Here, declarative approaches have the potential of offering solutions satisfying the needs for both specifying and developing multiagent systems. Moreover, they are gaining more and more attention in important application areas such as the semantic web, service-oriented computing, security, and electronic contracting. For instance, some convergence points between the areas of formal methods for dealing with web services and formal methods for agents are emerging and gaining more and more attention.

DALT 2008 will be held as a satellite workshop of AAMAS 2008, the 7th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, in May 2008 in Estoril, Portugal. Following the success of five previous editions, DALT will again aim at providing a discussion forum to both (i) support the transfer of declarative paradigms and techniques to the broader community of agent researchers and practitioners, and (ii) to bring the issue of designing complex agent systems to the attention of researchers working on declarative languages and technologies.

DALT topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

General themes:
  • specification of agents and multiagent systems
  • declarative approaches to engineering agent systems
Formal techniques:
  • (constraint) logic programming approaches to agent systems
  • distributed constraint satisfaction
  • modal and epistemic logics for agent modelling
  • verification of agents and multiagent systems
  • formal semantics for agent programming languages and frameworks
Declarative models:
  • declarative models of agent beliefs, goals and capabilities
  • declarative models of bounded rationality
  • declarative paradigms for the combination of heterogeneous agents
  • eclarative approaches to organizations and electronic institutions
  • agent-inspired declarative approaches to web services or service-oriented architectures
Applications of declarative techniques to:
  • agents and the semantic web
  • service-oriented multiagent systems
  • agent communication and coordination languages
  • protocol specification and conformance checking
  • declarative description of contracts and negotiation policies
  • security and trust in multiagent systems
Evaluation of declarative approaches:
  • experimental analysis of declarative agent technologies
  • industrial experiences with declarative agent technologies

For details on important dates and the submission procedure, please follow the appropriate links on the menu on the left.

Printed copies of the proceedings will be available at the workshop. The post-proceedings will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.

The post-proceedings of DALT 2003 (LNAI 2990), DALT 2004 (LNAI 3476), DALT 2005 (LNAI 3904), DALT 2006 (LNAI 4327), DALT 2007 (LNAI 4827) have been published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.