NorMAS 2016 - Call for papers

Important Dates

Motivation and Aims

Norms are crucial for studying both human social behaviour and for developing distributed software applications. The term norms has two meanings: we study and apply norms in the sense of being normal (conventions, practice), and in the sense of rules and regulations (obligations, permissions).

Normative systems are complex systems in which norms play a crucial role. They need normative concepts in order to describe or specify their behaviour. A normative multi-agent system combines models for normative systems (dealing for example with conventions, or obligations) with models for multi-agent systems (dealing with coordination between individual agents).

Norms have been proposed in multi-agent systems and computer science to deal with issues of coordination, security, electronic commerce, electronic institutions and agent organization. They have been fruitfully applied to develop simulation models for the social sciences. However, due to the lack of a unified theory, many researchers are presently developing their own ad hoc concepts and applications.

The aim of this workshop is to stimulate interdisciplinary research on normative concepts and their applications.

This year, the workshop will be co-located with ECAI 2016 and the 10th conference on Collective Intentionality. We welcome the interaction with those communities, but if you prefer, you can register to the NorMAS workshop only.


We invite good quality research papers. The topics of this workshop include, but are not restricted to

Research Type

The NorMAS community is multi-disciplinary. We welcome work from different scientific backgrounds: theoretical work (formal models, representations, specifications, logics, verification), implementation-oriented work (architectures, programming languages, design models, prototype systems) and empirical work (simulations, case studies, surveys). Papers should contain some form of evaluation appropriate to the type of research.

Submissions will be peer reviewed. Authors are invited to submit original, previously unpublished, research papers written in English.

Submission Format

Please use the ECAI format. Papers should be submitted in PDF. Length of papers is restricted to maximum of 8 pages, including references and figures. Please make your paper anonymous.

Contributions can be submitted through EasyChair.

Last modified on 13th of June, 2016, by Joris Hulstijn ( TUDelft