Workshop MAS² 2008:
Multi-Agent Systems as Middleware and Architectures for Business Systems

Multi-agent systems (MAS) offer important concepts and technical solutions for the analysis, design and construction of business systems, especially regarding more and more complex company structures. Therefore, MAS represent a conceptual and technological foundation for solving typical problems of distributed systems such as communication, conflict resolution, cooperation and concurrency.

The construction of software using architectures inspired by agent-oriented concepts has the clear advantage that domain-centered metaphors such as groups, actors, objects and services can be directly transferred to the technical side as they are supported on this level as well. This is an essential point regarding the realization of organizational structures and processes within the software architecture. The agent-oriented paradigm exhibits an especially high degree of concept continuity from the domain to the technical perspective.

Foundation of an efficient IT-management is the usage of an appropriate system infrastructure which is in case of distributed systems often backed by middleware systems and/or services. The traditional point-of-view that considers middleware as a solution for classical problems of distributed systems is in many cases not sufficient when complex business applications need to be built, because advanced functionalities e.g. from software engineering, artificial intelligence and service orientation need to be taken into account. Thus, new approaches are needed that offer support domain centered adjustment of business processes and structures.

In this respect, MAS can be seen as the underlying paradigm for the architecture of software systems as well as providing a technical middleware for their realization. This leads to the question how middleware and architecture can reflect the business system entities. Therefore, applications and their analysis with respect to their requirements for direct IT-support are also of high interest for the workshop.

MAS² is intended to be a medium for bringing together researchers and practitioners interested in agent-orientation. Modeling and realization of software systems based on the agent metaphor build the foundation for an integrated discussion of the applicability of multi-agent systems as middleware and architectures for business systems. The abstraction and the merging of domain and technical perspectives under a common conceptual metaphor therefore receive a special focus going beyond the common technically centered treatment.

The workshop MAS² "Multi-Agent Systems as Middleware and Architectures for Business Systems" will be held as part of the "Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI) 2008" in Munich, Germany (more information is available at We plan to put together a program composed of high-quality full papers as well as short papers describing work in progress.

Workshops Topics

The workshop covers a wide range of topics from the area of multi-agent systems as well as from middleware and architectures of business systems. This includes (but is not necessarily limited to) the following genreal topics: and more specifically the orthogonal topics for the integration and mutual dependencies of middleware, architecture and business systems:

Contributions and Important Dates

We invite submissions of high quality, original papers, which are not simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers should be formatted according to the GI´s LNI style, which can be obtained from, and not exceed 12 pages including figures, references, etc. Submissions should be sent by E-mail to the workshop chairs. The message should indicate paper title, authors and abstract, with the Microsoft Word (.doc) version of the paper in attachment. Email:
Important dates:

Workshop Programme

Thursday, 28.02.2008
11:00-12:30Session 1
  Invited Talk: Models and Multi-Agent Simulations of Logistics Networks - A Case-Study in Self-Organization by Microeconomics
Wolfgang Renz
 Integration einer Multiagentensimulation in ein Geoinformationssystem
Michael Schüle, Thomas Bieser, Paul Karänke, Stefan Kirn
 Refactoring of Agent-based Simulation Models
Cornelia Triebig and Franziska Klügl
12:30-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-15:30Session 2
 Software-Agenten zur Integration von Informationssystemen im Gesundheitswesen
Ali Sunyaev, Andreas Schweiger, Jan Marco Leimeister, Helmut Krcmar
 Self-describing Agents
Günther Görz, Bernd Ludwig, Peter Reiß, Bernhard Schiemann, Tobias Seutter
 A Rule-based Middleware for Business Process Execution
Adrian Paschke, Alexander Kozlenkov


Lars Braubach, Universität Hamburg
Daniel Moldt, Universität Hamburg
Alexander Pokahr, Universität Hamburg

Questions to the workshop organizers should be directed to .

Program Committee