Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages (ATAL)

The International Workshop Series

About ATAL

The ATAL Workshops


The Intelligent Agents book series


The ATAL Steering Committee

Intelligent agents are one of the most important developments in computer science to have emerged in the past decade. Agents are autonomous computer programs, capable of independent action in environments that are typically dynamic and unpredictable. Agents have proven to be of interest in many important application areas, such as electronic commerce on the Internet, the control of space probes on missions to the outer planets, the design of user interfaces, to industrial process control. The ATAL workshop series brought together researchers interested in the theory and practice agent technology. Specifically, ATAL addressed issues such as theories of agency (including logics for modelling and specifying agents and game and economic theory), software architectures for intelligent agents, methodologies and programming languages for realizing agents, and software tools for applying and evaluating agent systems. One of the strengths of the ATAL workshop series was its emphasis on the synergies between theories, infrastructures, architectures, methodologies, formal methods, and languages.

ATAL was been held annually from 1994 to 2001. The first workshop established an enviable precedent for scientific quality and this continued throughout its lifetime. During this time,  ATAL became the pre-eminent international forum for presenting and publishing research on the theory and practice of intelligent agents.

Today, ATAL is a key part of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems and continues to sponsor activities in the area.

In particular, ATAL has initiated the influential paper award to recognize papers that have had a significant impact on the field of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. This award is presented annually at the AAMAS conference.