The AI-2001 Workshop on

Novel E-Commerce Applications of Agents

held at the AI 2001 (AI-2001)

June 8, 2001, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Economic activity, accelerated via Internet connections between human buyers and sellers, is accelerated further with software agents acting on behalf of the humans. Before this agent-mediated economic activity can be adopted and used successfully by non-expert humans, technologies of different types must be advanced. Existing AI techniques are often applicable.

This workshop aims to attract researchers concerned with incorporating AI techniques into the software agents that undertake commercial activities over the Internet.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Workshop format

The workshop will consist of some short introductory remarks by the organizers and then mostly of presentations of submitted works, followed by an open discussion session, where the state of the field, current problems and new directions will be considered.

Participation and Submissions

Participation in this workshop is by invitation only and invitees must be registered for the AI-2001 conference. Also attendance is limited. Therefore, in case that a selection becomes necessary, we ask researchers that just want to attend the workshop without contributing a paper to send a short email to expressing their particular interest in the workshop.

Researchers interested in contributing a paper should send it to (please send a uuencoded gzipped postscript file). Papers should not exceed 8 pages. Papers may be submitted in either the ACM format or the Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes format.

The papers will be reviewed by the organization committee (and some additional referees) and all papers of sufficient quality will be included into the workshop notes (and their authors invited to the workshop, of course). Out of these papers several will be selected for presentation at the workshop. The main criteria of this selection will be to cover a broad variety of concepts and the contribution to the goals stated above. To facilitate a lively and interesting discussion, we will try to make all the papers available to the participants of the workshop before the workshop takes place.

After workshop activities

A special issue of the journal Computational Intelligence is being prepared for the resubmitted papers from this workshop.  Other papers not from the workshop are welcome as well.  The call for papers for this issue, ATEC, is found here:

Important dates

Organizing Committee

Virendra Bhavsar
Faculty of Computer Science
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Jörg Denzinger
Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary

Ali Ghorbani
Faculty of Computer Science
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Steve Marsh
Institute for Information Technology
National Research Council, Ottawa

Bruce Spencer
Faculty of Computer Science
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

See the programme here.

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