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This is the official website of the 2nd International (Virtual) Workshop on Autonomous Agents for Social Good (AASG) 2021, which is co-located with the 20th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) 2021.
The field of multi-agent systems (MAS) stands at an inflection point, and there could be many different directions in which the future of MAS research could unfold. Accordingly, there is a growing interest to ensure that current and future MAS research is used in a responsible manner for the benefit of humanity (i.e., for social good). To achieve this goal, a wide range of perspectives and contributions are needed, spanning the full spectrum from fundamental research to sustained deployments in the real-world.
This workshop explores how MAS research can contribute to solving challenging problems faced by current-day societies. For example, what role can MAS research play in promoting health and sustainable development? What role can it play in tackling the impact of a rapidly changing climate? What do MAS techniques have to offer to the field of infrastructure security? How can MAS initiatives be used to achieve consensus among a set of negotiating self-interested entities (e.g., finding resolutions to trade talks between countries)? To address such questions, this workshop brings together researchers and practitioners across different strands of MAS research and a wide range of important real-world application domains. The objective is to share the current state of research and practice, explore directions for future work, and create opportunities for collaboration. In addition, the workshop places a special emphasis on highlighting MAS approaches for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Clearly, MAS research has an important role to play in providing unique insights about the COVID-19 pandemic and developing targeted responses; we encourage submissions from both MAS researchers as well as epidemiologists, health policy researchers, and other domain experts who are interested in engaging with the AAMAS community.
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