Second International Workshop on


Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems


in conjunction with the Twelfth International Conference on
Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA'2001)


Munich, Germany; 3-7 September 2001


Workshop proceedings to be published by IEEE




Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems provide a novel paradigm for managing, modelling and supporting complex systems. This concept proved to be successful in number of industrial domains such as manufacturing, resource allocation, air traffic.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers active in the area of holonic and multi-agent systems together with key engineers and industrial decision makers to share their views and experience in research, design, development and applying Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems for industrial problems. Program committee encourages submissions of contributions discussing questions (but are not limited to) such as:


       Successful Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent (Case-Studies are specially appreciated)

       Differences and similarities between the concept of Holons and Agents

       Communication Principles and Standards

       Theoretical background behind holonic/agent concepts (do they converge to each other?)

       Visions and future trends of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems

       Standardisation issues, industrial needs

       Obstacles and barriers of industrial applicability



All papers will be refereed by at least 2 members of the program committee. All accepted papers will be published by IEEE in a volume of proceedings of the DEXA'2001 workshops.

Authors are invited to submit research contributions or practical experience reports in English. Papers must be double spaced and no longer than 5000 words. Authors should submit papers either:

          electronically via email to, or

          by conventional mail to the Workshop Chair:

Prof. Vladimir Marik
Czech Technical University in Prague
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Department of Cybernetics (K333)
Technicka 2, 166 27,
Prague 6, Czech Republic
phone: +(420 2) 2435 7421,
fax: +(420 2) 2435 7244



1.      Submission deadline: March 10, 2001

2.      Notification of acceptance: April 23, 2001

3.      Camera-ready copies: May 2001 (precise date to be advised)



Extended versions of selected papers will invited for contribution in a special issue of Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (under negotiations)



Vladimir Marik, Czech Technical University/Rockwell Automation, CZ
Michal Pechoucek, Czech Technical University, CZ



Luis Camarinha-Matos, New University of Lisbon, P
James Christensen, Rockwell Automation Comp., USA
Misbah Deen, University of Keele, UK
Klaus Fischer, DFKI GmbH, Saarbruecken, D
William Gruver, Simon Fraser University, CAN
Duncan McFarlane, University of Cambridge, UK
Rainer Mittmann, Softing GmbH, Haar, D
Joerg Mueller, Siemens A.G., D
Douglas Norrie, University of Calgary, CAN
Paul Valckenaers, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, B
Jianbing Wu, University of Calgary, CAN