Call for Blue Sky Ideas


Bo An, Nanyang Technological University (

Kate Larson, University of Waterloo (

Important Dates 

  • Abstract submission: November 29, 2021 (anywhere on earth)
  • Papers submission: December 3, 2021 (anywhere on earth)
  • Rebuttal period: January 18-20, 2022
  • Author notification: February 4, 2022
  • Camera-ready submission: February 18, 2022


    The emphasis of this special track is on visionary ideas, long-term challenges, new research opportunities, and controversial debate. It serves as an incubator for innovative, risky, and provocative ideas, and aims to provide a forum for publishing and presenting these without being constrained by the result-oriented standards followed in the review process of the main track of the conference. Research visions and ideas could cross disciplines, envisioning new ideas and directions relevant for Agents and Multi-Agent Systems research community fostered by inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary viewpoints.

    We encourage papers to reflect on the future of the research area and its community within the broader AI and computing landscape. Therefore, we invite submissions to focus on: novel, overlooked, or under-represented application areas to which agent research may contribute; potential paths for agent research to contribute to the state of the art in other AI and computing areas and the other way around; unexplored theoretical grounds for agent research. Overall, we aim at papers that help guide the agent community to achieve in the coming years a leading position within AI and computing research.

    Evaluation Criteria

    Reviewers will assess papers based on the following criteria:

    • Relevance. How much the ideas concern Agents and MAS, relevant for the research community
    • “Level of Blue Sky” | Novelty. How much the ideas are visionary (vs. state of the art), novel
    • Background. How much the ideas are motivated, ground to a solid understanding of the existing state of the art
    • Impact. How deep and wide could be the impact of the ideas on the research on Agents and MAS
    • Rigour. How much the ideas are presented in a clear and rigorous way, how thorough is the level of critical reflection applied in the exploration of these ideas


    Submissions are limited to 4 pages in length in the AAMAS-2022 format, with any additional pages containing only bibliographic references. The formatting instructions are the same as for the AAMAS-2022 main track; see the AAMAS-2022 main track call for papers for details. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings and will be presented orally at the conference.

    Papers must be submitted at:

    Note that this is a different EasyChair site from the one used by the main track.

    The Blue Sky Ideas track follows the same policies as the main track.  Submissions must be original, and reviewing is double-blind. See the AAMAS-2022 main track call for papers for details.