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MABS 2017 - The 18th International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation

MABS 2017 - The 18th International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation

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MABS 2017 is a workshop of AAMAS 2017 - the Sixteenth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, which will be held on May 8-12, 2017, at São Paulo, Brazil

*** Important Dates ***

Submission deadline: January 23, 2017.
Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 02, 2017
Notification of the nomitated visionary paper and the best paper: March 10, 2017
Camera-ready submission deadline: March 17, 2017

*** About MABS ***

The Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS) workshop is the 18th of a series that began in 1998 ( ). The MABS workshop series aims to bring together researchers engaged in modeling and in analyzing multi-agent systems, and those interested in applying agent-based simulation techniques to real-world problems. Its scientific focus lies in the confluence of socio-technical-natural sciences and multi-agent 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 multi-agent systems.

*** Information for Authors ***

The meeting of researchers from MAS engineering and the social/economic/organisational sciences is extensively recognised for its role in cross-fertilisation, and it has undoubtedly been an important source of inspiration for the body of knowledge that has been produced in the MAS area. The MABS workshop series continues with its goal to bring together researchers interested in MAS engineering, with researchers focused on finding efficient solutions to model complex social systems, in such areas as economics, management, organisational and social sciences in general. In all these areas, agent theories, metaphors, models, analysis, experimental designs, empirical studies, and methodological principles, all converge into simulation as a way of achieving explanations and predictions, exploration and testing of hypotheses, better designs and systems.

The range of technical issues that MABS has and continues to deal with is diverse and extensive, and includes:

  • 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
Provenance and ontology-driven approaches in building MABS simulations
Design and analysis of MABS simulation experiments
Uncertainty analysis

  • 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, self-regulation, the micro-macro link)
Multidirectional dynamics in complex social systems

  • Applications, e.g.:

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

Moreover, in this edition, we will encourage submissions that address

  • MABS for Big Data problems: on the one hand, it will be interesting to discuss, for example, the role of Analytics Intelligence and data/knowledge mining/classification/clustering techniques to analyse the structure of the agents’ society/organization that emerged from the simulations, in presence of transference/migration/emergence of behaviour, values, beliefs, emotions, etc.; on the other hand, there is the problem of performing simulation on inputs from Big Data.

MABS 2017 will have also one session dedicated to honour the memory of

  • Prof. Rosaria Conte,

so including papers that are related to her main research topics.

All the topics above are important for both the MAS community and for economic/social/organisational scientists doing simulation. The workshop is relevant to the main conference, firstly because simulation is one of the topics of the latter, and, secondly, because the workshop is already established as an important event during AAMAS, thus attracting more attendees from the social and economic domains to the main conference.

*** Instructions for Authors ***

Submitted papers are limited to 12 pages formatted according to the Springer LNCS and must be electronically submitted before the submission deadline (January 23, 2017) through the workshop conference system, which will be available soon. 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.

*** Publications ***

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.

This year AAMAS will publish selected workshop papers under two books of Springer. 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.

*** Organizing Committee ***

Graçaliz Pereira Dimuro (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, Brazil) - e-mail: [email protected], [email protected] (contact chair)

Luis Antunes (University of Lisbon, Portugal) - e-mail: [email protected]

*** Steering Committee ***

Frédéric Amblard (Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, France)
Luis Antunes (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Paul Davidsson (Malmö 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 Simão Sichman (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Keiki Takadama (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)


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