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MABS 2016 -- Multi-Agent-Based Simulation

Call for Papers

The 17th International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS 2016) to be held at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore, Singapore, May 09-10, 2016


Co-located with the 15th International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS‘2016) (


Submission deadline: February 01, 2016
Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 02, 2016
Camera-ready submission deadline: March 09, 2016
Workshop dates: May 09-10, 2016


The 2016 Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS) workshop is the 17th of a series that began in 1998 ( The MABS workshop series aims to bring together researchers engaged in modeling and in analyzing multiagent systems, and those interested in applying agent-based simulation techniques to real-world problems. Its scientific focus lies in the confluence of social sciences and multiagent systems, with a strong application/empirical vein. Lately, its emphasis is stressed on (i) exploratory agent-based simulation as a principled way of undertaking scientific research in the social sciences, and (ii) using social theories as an inspiration to new frameworks and developments in multiagent systems.

The high quality level of this workshop has been recognized since its inception and its proceedings have been regularly published in Springer’s Lecture Notes series.


The relationship between social sciences and multiagent systems (MAS) has only begun to provide some results. It is generally accepted that many concepts and techniques have yet to be imported to the MAS area, either for some lack of theory, or to be tested in computer simulations. This transfer can occur also in the opposite direction, since multiagent based simulations are changing the way the social scientists can look at their problems. This methodological change will undoubtedly have an influence throughout all sciences.

MABS continues to focus on ideas related to the definition of new MAS to
address real complex issues, as well as ideas coming from social sciences to MAS as new metaphors to provide insights into MAS theory. Theories, models, analysis, experimental designs, empirical studies, methodological principles, all converge into simulation as a way of achieving explanations and predictions, but also exploration of new hypotheses and conjectures.

Governance and policy-making are examples of real domains that have been
addressed with and benefited by MABS. In particular, the agent paradigm
provides a way of going beyond the limitations of traditional approaches, such as differential equations, statistical, or system dynamics models. Agents provide heterogeneity that allows an easier representation of different information, decision rules, and situations. This approach allows the exploration of the micro-macro link, the idea that individual behavior influences the overall dynamics of systems, and that the perception by the individual agent of the overall system influences its behavior. All these MABS features are useful for generating more realistic dynamics of systems, enabling a more reliable policy analysis and assessment of governance mechanisms.

The workshop provides a forum for social scientists, agent researchers and developers, and simulation researchers to assess the current state of the art in the modeling and simulation of social systems and MAS, identify where existing approaches can be successfully applied, learn about new approaches and explore future research challenges.


In this edition, we will prioritize submissions addressing issues associated to the use of MABS in the domain of governance and policy-making. Nonetheless, the workshop continues to pursue a diverse and extensive range of topics of interest, which includes, but is not limited to:

Simulation methodologies

  • Standards for MABS
  • Methodologies and simulation languages for MABS
  • Simulation platforms and tools for MABS
  • Visualization and analytic tools
  • Approaches for large-scale simulations
  • Scalability and robustness in MABS

Simulation of social and economic behavior

  • Formal and agent models of social behavior
  • Cognitive modeling and social simulation
  • Game theory and simulation
  • Social structure: social networks and simulating organizations
  • Simulating social complexity (e.g. structures and norms, social order, emergence of cooperation and coordinated action, self-organization, the micro-macro link)


  • MABS in governance and policy-making
  • MABS in environmental and epidemiological modeling
  • Agent-based experimental economics
  • Participative-based simulation
  • MABS and games


The workshop is of interest to researchers in the modeling and analysis of multiagent systems, and researchers who are interested in applying agent-based simulation techniques to real-world problems.


Submitted papers are limited to 12 pages, formatted according to the LNCS requirements ( and must be electronically submitted through the symposium web site:

All contributions will be peer-reviewed by two or three independent PC members. The evaluation criteria of contributions will be based on originality, quality, clarity, and its relevance to the workshop’s aims.

Papers will be included in the Workshop Proceedings. Following the workshop, participants will be required to revise their papers, which will undergo a second review process before publication in the post-proceedings, as part of the Multi-Agent-Based Simulation series for Springer-Verlag.


All accepted papers will be included in the AAMAS 2016 workshop proceedings, provided that at least one author attends the workshop.

In addition, we intend to publish the accepted papers, after a further
reviewing process, in Springer-Verlag Multi-Agent-Based Simulation book series, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

“Visionary” and “Best Paper” papers

This year AAMAS will publish selected workshop papers by Springer under two books. The most “visionary paper” will be published by Springer in a book under the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) - Hot Topics series. The book will be a compilation of the most visionary papers of the AAMAS-2016 Workshops, where one paper will be selected from each AAMAS-2016 workshop. Additionally, the “best paper” will be published by Springer in a book under the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series. The book will be a compilation of the best papers of the AAMAS-2016 Workshops, where one paper will be selected from each AAMAS-2016 workshop. Authors of the selected most visionary paper and the best paper are expected to provide their latex files promptly upon request.



Luis Antunes (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Luis Gustavo Nardin (Center for Modeling Complex Interactions, USA)


Frederic Amblard (Universite Toulouse 1 Capitole, France)
Luis Antunes (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Robert Axtell (George Mason University, USA)
Joao Balsa (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Ana Bazzan (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Tibor Bosse (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Cristiano Castelfranchi (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Shu-Heng Chen (National Chengchi University, Taiwan)
Sung-Bae Cho (Yonsei University, Korea)
Helder Coelho (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Rosaria Conte (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Paul Davidsson (Malmo University, Sweden)
Gennaro Di Tosto (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Frank Dignum (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Virginia Dignum (TU Delft, Netherlands)
Alexis Drogoul (IRD, Vietnam)
Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Nick Gotts (Independent Researcher, UK)
Laszlo Gulyas (AITIA International Inc., Hungary)
Rainer Hegselmann (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Wander Jager (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Marco Janssen (Arizona State University, USA)
William Kennedy (George Mason University, USA)
Satoshi Kurihara (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
Ulf Lotzmann (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
Ruth Meyer (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Jean-Pierre Muller (CIRAD, France)
John Murphy (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
Emma Norling (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Michael North (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
Paulo Novais (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Mario Paolucci (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Juan Pavon (Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain)
William Rand (University of Maryland, USA)
Keith Sawyer (University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA)
Jeffrey Schank (University of California Davis, USA)
Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Brescia, Italy)
Takao Terano (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
Dilhan Thilakarathne (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Jan Treur (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Klaus Troitzsch (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
Stephen Turner (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University, Sweden)
Gerard Weisbuch (Ecole Normale Superieure, France)


Frederic Amblard (Universite Toulouse 1 Capitole, France)
Luis Antunes (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Rosaria Conte (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Paul Davidsson (Malmo University, Sweden)
Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK)
Scott Moss (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
Keith Sawyer (University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA)
Jaime Sichman (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Keiki Takadama (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)


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