ATAL-94, the first ATAL workshop, was co-located with the Eleventh European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI-94), which was held in Amsterdam in August 1994. The fact that we chose an AI conference to co-locate with is telling: at that time, we expected most researchers with an interest in agents to come from the AI community. The workshop, which was planned over the summer of 1993, attracted 32 submissions, and was attended by 55 people. ATAL was the largest workshop at ECAI-94, and the clear enthusiasm on behalf of the community made the decision to hold another ATAL workshop simple.

The ATAL-94 proceedings were formally published in January 1995 under the title Intelligent Agents, and included an extensive review article, a glossary, a list of key agent systems, and --- unusually for the proceedings of an academic workshop --- a full subject index. The high scientific and production values embodied by the ATAL-94 proceedings appear to have been recognised by the community, and resulted in ATAL proceedings being the most successful sequence of books published in Springer-Verlag's Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence series.

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