CFP: 5th Workshop on Agents Applied in Health Care, 12-16 May 2008

CFP: 5th Workshop on Agents Applied in Health Care in conjunction with the Seventh International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2008)

Technical description

Multi-agent systems are one of the most exciting research areas in Artificial Intelligence. In the last eight years there has been a growing interest in the application of agent-based systems in healthcare. The first specialised workshop on this area was held at Autonomous Agents ‘2000 in Barcelona, Spain; several other workshops and special issues of journals have followed since then. Moreover, a growing European community of researchers interested in the application of intelligent agents in health care emerged as a result of the activities within the AgentCities European project and the AgentLink III Technical Forum Group on Healthcare Applications of Intelligent Agents. Thus, it may now be a good time for the specialists in the field to meet and report on the results achieved in this area, to discuss the benefits (and drawbacks) that agent-based systems may bring to medical domains, and also to provide a list of the research topics that should be tackled in the near future to make the deployment of health-care agent-based systems a reality.

This one-day workshop will incorporate two novel aspects with respect to related workshops held in the last years:

  • Special efforts will be devoted to try to attract the attention of health care specialists, so that they attend the workshop and realise the potential benefits of agent technology (a medical doctor is part of the organising committee).
  • The organising committee will also pay special attention to papers describing applications which are not just academic, but are already deployed and running in a real medical environment. Patient-centered applications are welcome.

Submitted papers and demos should address at least one of the following issues:

  • Co-operation between intelligent agents to improve patient management (e.g. distributed patient scheduling).
  • Agents that provide remote or elderly care delivery.
  • Agents that provide information about medical services.
  • Multi-agent systems for patient monitoring and diagnosis.
  • Agent-based execution of clinical guidelines.
  • Successful applications of agents and multi-agent systems in health care.
  • Multi-agent systems that improve medical training or education (e.g. tutoring systems).
  • Patient-centered agent-based applications.
  • Medical agent-based decision support systems.
  • Information agents that gather, compile and organise medical knowledge available on Internet.
  • Security, privacy of medical data.
  • Social acceptance of agent-based systems.
  • Lack of common medical ontologies.
  • Lack of centralised control.
  • Communication standards.
  • Integration with other types of software.
  • Legal and ethical issues related to the use of agents in health care.
  • Surveys providing an up to date view of the state of the art in the area of agents in health care.

Program committee
Monique Calisti, Whitestein, Switzerland
Fabio Campana, Azienda Sanitaria Locale Roma B, Italy
Frank Dignum, Univ. Utrecht, The Netherlands
Jesús Favela, CICESE research centre, USA
Patty Koskova, City University, UK
Lenka Lhotska, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic
Magí Lluch, Microart, Spain
Mike Luck, King’s College, UK
Sasha Ossowski, Univ. Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
Julian Padget, Univ. of Bath, UK
Pancho Tolchinski, Technical Univ. of Catalonia, Spain
Aida Valls, Univ. Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Laszlo Varga, SZTAKI, Hungary
Javier Vazquez-Salceda, Technical Univ. of Catalonia, Spain

Professor Michael Luck
Department of Computer Science | King’s College London
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