• Innovative theory and techniques for forming coalitions and supporting similar virtual organizations
• Applications and requirements for knowledge-based coalition planning and operations management
• Knowledge-based approaches to command and control
• Knowledge-based approaches to coalition logistics
• Knowledge-based approaches to Operations Other Than War, such as peacekeeping missions and other humanitarian operations
• The theory, principles, and practice of using multiagent systems in coalition operations
• Tools and techniques for knowledge-based simulation and modeling of coalition operations
• Security and maintenance of private information or knowledge in coalition operations
• Autonomous versus centrally managed coalition operations
• Organization of coalitions
• Shared models or standards
• Agents for coalition
• Coalition architectures
• Functional and operational areas
• Coalition research programs
Austin Tate is the technical director of the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute and holds the Personal Chair in Knowledge-Based Systems at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Intelligent Systems and Their Applications. He works on knowledge-based planning and activity support systems and is involved with industrial and governmental organizations deploying AI technology in the UK, Europe, Japan, and the US. He graduated in computer studies from the University of Lancaster and received his PhD in machine intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. Contact him at the Artificial Intelligence Applications Inst., Univ. of Edinburgh, 80 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1HN, UK; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.aiai.ed.ac.uk/people/staff/bat.html.
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw is a research scientist at the University of West Florida's Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. A Fulbright Senior Scholar, he is former chair of ACM SIGART and a member of the NASA Ames RIACS Science Council and of the Autonomous Agents Steering Committee. Among other publications, he coedited Knowledge Acquisition as a Modeling Activity (John Wiley & Sons, 1993), Software Agents (AAAI Press, 1997), Software Agents for the Warfighter (ITAC, 2002), and the forthcoming Handbook of Agent Technology (AAAI Press). He received his PhD in cognitive science from the University of Washington. Contact him at the Inst. for Human and Machine Cognition, Univ. of West Florida, 40 S. Alcaniz, Pensacola, FL 32501; email@example.com; www.coginst.uwf.edu/users/?jbradshaw.
Michal P chou ek is an assistant professor in artificial intelligence at the Czech Technical University's Department of Cybernetics. He also heads the Agent Technology Group at the Gerstner Laboratory and is a senior consultant with the software company CertiCon. His research focuses on agent technologies, multiagent systems, coalition formation, and production planning. He received his Dipl. Ing. in technical cybernetics from the Czech Technical University, his MSc in information technology from the University of Edinburgh, and his doctorate in artificial intelligence and biocybernetics from the Czech Technical University. Contact him at the Czech Technical Univ., Faculty of Electrical Eng., Dept. of Cybernetics, Technicka 2, 166 27 Prague 6, Czech Republic; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://labe.felk.cvut.cz/~pechouc.