Computational Models of Argument


The conference on Computational Model of Arguments (COMMA) originated from the ASPIC project, and is intended as a regular forum in which research related to computational aspects of argumentation will be presented.

Over the past decade argumentation has become increasingly important in Artificial Intelligence. It has provided a fruitful way of approaching non-monotonic and defeasible reasoning, deliberation about action, and agent communication scenarios such as negotiation. In application domains such as law, medicine and e-democracy it has come to be seen as an essential part of the reasoning. Among the predominant trends are investigations into, e.g.

argumentation frameworks
argument schemes
argument in agent systems
argument based negotiation
computational properties of argumentation
decision making based on argumentation
dialogue based on argument
e-democracy, legal and medical applications
learning through argument
reasoning about action with argument
tools for argumentation

Successful workshops have been associated with major Artificial Intelligence Conferences, notably the workshop series on Computational Models of Natural Argument held in conjunction with IJCAI and ECAI, and the series of ArgMAS workshops held in conjunction with AAMAS. COMMA is not intended to be a replacement for these established events, but rather as a vehicle with which to consolidate the status of argumentation as a fundamental research field in Artificial Intelligence. intended to function as a conference dedicated to all aspects of computation argument. The success of the inaugaural COMMA hosted by the Department of Computer Science of Liverpool University in September 2006, confirmed that there is significant interest and support for a continuing regular conference series dedicated to this area: it is this function which COMMA aims to fulfil.
This site will maintain not only information relating to COMMA but also links of interest to those with interests in the field of argumentation from a computational perspective.

COMMA 2010

(Preliminary Information)

Host: Dipartimento di Elettronica per l'Automazione Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
Local arrangements Chair: Massimiliano Giacomin
General Chair: Pietro Baroni
Programme Chair: Guillermo Simari
Provisional dates 8th-10th September 2010 (to be confirmed)

COMMA 2008 was hosted by IRIT - Universite Toulouse 1 (on the Manufacture des Tabacs premises) between the 28th and 30th of May 2008 and its excellent organisation and programme continued the success of COMMA 2006 and have been instrumental in ensuring further meetings will take place.

Further information and links can be found here.

A formal set of by-laws governing the running of COMMA was adopted following the Steering Committee meeting on 29th May 2008. As a result the formal committee structure for COMMA comprises:


President: Paul E. Dunne (University of Liverpool)
Vice-President: Tom Gordon (Fraunhofer FOKUS)
Secretary: Sylvie Doutre (IRIT - Universite Toulouse I)

Additional Members

Pietro Baroni (Universita di Brescia)
Simon Parsons (City University of New York)
Henry Prakken (University of Utrecht & Groningen)
Chris Reed (University of Dundee)
Francesca Toni (Imperial College, London)