WAMIS '06 is held in conjunction with AINA 2006
20th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications.

Recent technological advances in the Web, Internet and mobile devices offer exciting ways to distributed and large scale complex information systems in various domains such as e-business, healthcare, entertainment, and scientific activities. To effectively process such information, researchers from different disciplines have been exploring new ideas and developing new approaches. In database research community, researchers have developed a wealth of techniques including, efficient query processing, transaction management, indexing algorithms, efficient data distribution. Similarly, agent research community have developed many techniques and tools to construct large scale complex, self organising and autonomous systems with capabilities of effective problem solving, communication, knowledge representation, negotiating on complex issues and coordinating complex activities. In addition to that, network research community has developed numerous models and protocols to efficiently and reliably communicate data between different distributed systems in large scale and complex networks which are used by large population of users across the globe.

Much work in the above disciplines has traditionally been operating on different levels, distinct research issues, and several technology directions. Our theme of WAMIS 2006 is to unify the picture of these disciplines such that they can support each other. We are currently witnessing that the boundaries between these disciplines are disappearing. For example, multi-agents have been used at the network as well as database levels. Likewise, database techniques are applied to multi-agents and to the network data management.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from the above disciplines in an effort to highlight the state-of-the-art and discuss the challenges and opportunities to explore new research directions and develop new ideas. We strongly welcome submissions that include results which advance the state of the art relating to the theme of the workshop, either through theoretical analysis or experimental analysis, in order to bridge the gaps and strengthen the connection between these areas. The main themes, to be addressed include, but not limited to:

• Agent and multi-agent systems and their applications
• Architectures for Web and mobile information systems
• Data models and query languages
• Human-Web agent interactions
• Information searching techniques
• Network performance and reliability
• P2P data and knowledge sharing
• Semantic web and grid services
• Transaction and workflow models
• Web services architectures and protocols

Only full papers in English will be accepted. The length of the paper is limited to 6 single-spaced double column IEEE format pages. Papers may only be submitted electronically through the workshop website. All papers will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. The WAMIS workshop accepted papers will be published by IEEE CS Press. Authors of high quality papers presented in the workshop will be invited to submit extended version of their papers for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Computer and System Sciences (JCSS). In 2005, we have arranged a special issue of the International Journal of Information and Software Technology (Elsevier Science) for the selected papers of WAMIS'05.









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