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3rd Münster Workshop on Agent-based Modeling

The interdisciplinary Research Training Group ‘Trust and Communication in a Digitized World’ at the University of Münster [funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)] is proud to announce a Workshop on Agent-based Modeling (ABM).

Workshop: Thursday, 14 July, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Venue: Seminar Room Research Group, Geiststraße 24-26, 48151 Münster, Germany


Agent-based Modeling (ABM) is a recent non-standard computational approach for simulating complex systems comprised of autonomous and interacting agents. Various research fields do use more and more frequently this computational approach, which is the so-called ‘third way’ of doing science, in addition to argumentation and formalization. The workshop is conducted by William Rand and László Gulyás.

William Rand is Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Complexity in Business at the University of Maryland, MD, USA. He examines the use of computational modeling techniques, like agent-based modeling, geographic information systems, social network analysis, and machine learning, to help understand and analyze complex systems, such as the diffusion of innovation, organizational learning, and economic markets. Over the course of his research experience, he has used computer models to help understand a large variety of complex systems, such as the evolution of cooperation, suburban sprawl, traffic patterns, financial systems, land-use and land-change in urban systems, and many other phenomena. He has recently received research awards from Google / WPP, the National Science Foundation and the Marketing Science Institute.

László Gulyás is Assistant Professor at the Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. He is doing research on ABM since 1996. László Gulyás has contributed to the design and development of the Recursive Porous Agent Simulation Toolkit (RePast), one of the leading agent-based simulation environments, and led the development of the Multi-Agent Simulation Suite (MASS). His workshop lecture is on Participatory Extension (PET), a software tool to bridge agent-based simulations and behavioral experiments. This tool converts ABM’s to web simulations, participatory experiments, and / or laboratory experiments with human subjects.

To take part in the Workshop, please communicate clearly your willingness of attendance by sending the following information to Daniel Westmattelmann via email to [email protected] no later than 22 May, 2016:

• Last Name / First Name

• University / Faculty / Chair / Academic Degree / PhD Program

• E-Mail Address

• Brief Information regarding your Knowledge / Experience with Agent-based Modeling

Notice of Acceptance is communicated no later than 4 June, 2016. On the first day of the Workshop all participants have the opportunity to present their research ideas / research projects. If you are interested in discussing your project as well as getting scientific feedback and constructive criticism, please send us via email the following information about your project:

• Abstract (300-500 words) no later than 22 May, 2016

• Full Paper / Extended Abstract no later than 19 June, 2015

Discussants are allocated to paper presentations to stimulate the debate on your research project with William Rand, László Gulyás and the audience. Participants have the opportunity to discuss their own research ideas in small groups and to receive scientific advice as well as constructive support by the lecturers.

We look forward to receive your application and hope to see you soon in Münster!

Gerhard Schewe & Daniel Westmattelmann (WWU Münster) & Sascha Hokamp (University of Hamburg)

Workshop Organizers

Friday, 15 July, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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