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IFAAMAS Committees

The work of IFAAMAS is done primarily through its committees, currently constituted as follows:



Awards Committee:

IFAAMAS makes a number of awards recognising distinction in research. This committee has overall responsibility for the management and selection of these awards, making recommendations for new awards and the like as the field evolves. Specifically, it is expected that the committee will:
  • Oversee existing IFAAMAS awards (Victor Lesser Distinguished Dissertation Award and Influential Paper Award), in particular:
    • issuing timely calls for nominations;
    • evaluating nominations;
    • selecting winners;
    • expediting monetary and/or certificate recognition to award winners.
  • Preparing suggestions to the IFAAMAS board for modifications to existing awards (e.g., adjustment of prize amounts, or frequency of distribution), suggestions for additional awards, or discontinuation of existing awards as appropriate.
  • Liasing with ACM SIGART with respect to the ACM Autonomous Agents Research Award.
Committee Members: Bo An (Chair), Nicola Gatti, Moshe Tennenholtz, Gerhard Weiss, Michael Winikoff



Conference Committee:

This committee has overall responsibility for the effective organisation of the annual AAMAS conference, in accordance with the charter of the organisation. Specifically, it is expected that the committee will oversee all aspects of the AAMAS conference, including but not limited to:
  • Issuing a call for proposals for hosting the conference, between 2½ to 3 years before the event;
  • Evaluating hosting proposals and summarizing them for the IFAAMAS board;
  • Managing the board's selection process/vote among hosting proposals;
  • Maintaining contact with submitters of hosting proposals, informing them of receipt and of the board's eventual decision;
  • Managing the board's selection of General Chairs for each conference (roughly 2 years before the event);
  • Serving as the IFAAMAS point of contact for the AAMAS General Chairs, and as the conduit through which the IFAAMAS board communicates with the Chairs and vice versa, appointing a specific member of the committee to as the single contact person for theGeneral Chairs each year, when they have questions/concerns to be raised with the IFAAMAS board;
  • Communicating to the General Chairs of AAMAS what (if any) aspects of the conference are not to be altered without board approval.
Committee Members: John Thangarajah (Chair), Noa Agmon, Ulle Endress, Maria Gini, Amal El Fallah Seghrouchni



Education and Training Committee:

This committee has overall responsibility for the management of IFAAMAS-sponsored education/training activities. In particular, it is expected that the committee will draw up a strategy for the support and organisation of education/training activities (such as summer schools) that is in accordance with the charter of the organisation. Thereafter, the committee will have responsibility for managing this implementation of this strategy, for example by pro-actively organising:
  • Agent Schools in Under-Represented Countries;
  • Other Agent Summer Schools.
This may involve putting out calls for loans or grants to be supported by IFAAMAS, for the purpose of training activities such as the above. In addition the committee will act as liason between those running these activities, and the IFAAMAS board, and may propose to the board additional educational activities to be supported by IFAAMAS.
(To clarify: the Training committee puts out calls for activities that request IFAAMAS financial support; the actual requests for financial assistance are handled by the Finance committee; after approval by the board, the Training committee is in charge of maintaining contact with event organizers.)


Committee Members: Saska Ossowski (Chair), Ana Bazzan, Birna van Riemsdijk



Finance Committee:

This committee has overall responsibility for management of IFAAMAS finances, in accordance with the charter of the organisation. Specifically, it is expected that the committee will:
  • Explore options for investment of IFAAMAS funds, taking into account issues such as liquidity, rate of return, risk, tax implications for a non-profit organization, exchange rates, and accessibility of funds for the IFAAMAS mission;
  • Oversee financial activity of IFAAMAS (e.g., cash flow, spending commitments);
  • Develop guidelines/strategy for funding requests for loans and grants (e.g., for agent schools), and manage the board approval process for these requests.
Committee Members: Kagan Turner (Chair), Matt Taylor, Pradeep Varakantham



Intranet and Record Committee:

This committee has responsibility for managing the effective maintenance of formal records of the organisation and the informal "corporate memory" of the organisation, with the particular (but not exclusive) goal of communicating as effectively as possible to AAMAS conference organisers the desired organisational structure and parameters of the conference. Initially, it is expected that the committee will draw up the first version of a guide for the General Chairs, Local Organizing Committee, and Program Committee:
  • Describing typical duties and timeframes;
  • Preparing sample documents (not necessarily prescriptive, but useful initial starting points);
  • Recording collective wisdom over the years;
  • Determining, in consultation with the board, what (if any) aspects of the conference are not to be altered without board approval.
On an ongoing basis, the committee will then set up a process for the continual updating of the manual from year to year (for example, with each Chair, after the conference, contributing to a modified version of their section in the manual). Additionally, the committee will manage the updating of the AAMAS Organizer's Manual on a yearly basis, based on the lessons learned from that year's AAMAS, with input from the General, Local, and Program Chairs, and others on the Organizing Committee.

Members: Gita Sukthankar (Chair), Michal Pechoucek, Elizabeth Sklar



Membership Committee:

This committee has overall responsibility for organising elections for membership of the IFAAMAS board on an ongoing basis, in accordance with the charter of the organisation and the IFAAMAS by-laws. Initially, it is expected that the committee will:
  • Explore online voting options, including the use of various commercial web sites that manage voting for organizations;
  • Decide on the form the voting process will assume, such as thevoting protocol to be used, the number of candidates that will be allowed, and so on. Thereafter, on an ongoing basis, the committee will manage the IFAAMAS board election and membership process, including:
  • Maintaining lists of AAMAS attendees, to confirm who is eligible to vote in board elections;
  • Put out a call for board member nominations to the IFAAMAS board and the AAMAS community;
  • Manage the candidate selection process;
  • Manage the voting process;
  • Maintain all necessary contacts with candidates, the AAMAS community, and the web vote handlers, to ensure that the process remains transparent and trustworthy.
Committee Members: Matthijs Spaan (Chair), Stacy Marsella, Karl Tuyls



Publications and Public Awareness Committee:

This committee has overall responsibility for communication of AAMAS research, in accordance with the charter of the organisation. Specifically, it is expected that the committee will:
  • Be responsible for the Web site of IFAAMAS, as well as for print and electronic publication of IFAAMAS material, including for example
    • Proceedings of conferences;
    • Minutes of community and board meetings.
  • Explore on-demand printing of proceedings or other material;
  • Propose to the board additional print and electronic publication projects (e.g., scanning of DAI Workshop, MAAMAW, MACC proceedings, to be posted on IFAAMAS web site), then manage these projects.
Committee Members: Sarit Kraus (Chair), Edith Elkind, Kevin Leyton-Brown, Alex Rogers