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Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium (ADS'10)

Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium (ADS‘10)
Orlando, Florida, USA
April 12-15, 2010
Manuscript Submission: October 31, 2009.

Sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation
International (SCS) in collaboration with ACM/SIGSIM.

As part of the 2010 Spring Simulation Multi-conference (SpringSim‘10) ,

the 2010 Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium is a premier platform to
explore all three aspects of the synergy of simulation and agent
technologies. Hence, it has a special place within simulation and
agent conferences, including agent-based (social) simulation
conferences. Therefore the ADS symposium fills a gap in the agent
community as well as the simulation community.

The purpose of the ADS symposium is to facilitate dissemination of the
most recent advancements in the theory, methodology, application, and
toolkits of agent-directed simulation. Agent-directed simulation is
comprehensive in the integration of agent and simulation technologies,
by including models that use agents to develop domain-specific
simulations, i.e., agent simulation (this is often referred to as
agent-based simulation -when other two important aspects are not
considered), and by also including the use of agent technology to
develop simulation techniques and toolkits that are subsequently
applied, either with or without agents.

Hence, agent-directed simulation consists of three distinct, yet
related areas that can be grouped under two categories as follows:

  1. Simulation for Agents (agent simulation): simulation of agent
    systems in engineering, human and social dynamics, military
    applications etc.
  2. Agents for Simulation (which has two aspects): agent-supported
    simulation deals with the use of agents as a support facility to
    enable computer assistance in problem solving or enhancing
    cognitive capabilities; and agent-based simulation that focuses
    on the use of agents for the generation of model behavior in a
    simulation study.

Through the theme of agent-directed simulation, the symposium will
bring together agent technologies, tools, toolkits, platforms,
languages, methodologies, and applications in a pragmatic manner. In
this symposium, established researchers, educators, and students are
encouraged to come together and discuss the benefits of agent
technology in their use and application for simulation. It is a way
for people to discuss why and how they have used agent technology in
their simulations, and describe the benefit of having done so.

The theme of ADS‘10 is based on the observation of the following

  • The growth of new advanced distributed computing standards along
    with the rapid rise of e-commerce are providing a new context that
    acts as a critical driver for the development of next generation
    systems. These standards revolve around service-oriented
    technologies, pervasive computing, web-services, Grid, autonomic
    computing, ambient intelligence etc. The supporting role that
    intelligent agents play in the development of such systems is
    becoming pervasive, and simulation plays a critical role in the
    analysis and design of such systems.

  • The use of emergent agent technologies at the organization,
    interaction (e.g., coordination, negotiation, communication) and
    agent levels (i.e. reasoning, autonomy) are expected to advance
    the state of the art in various application technologies is
    difficult. Using agent-supported simulation techniques for
    testing complex agent systems is up and coming field.

  • To facilitate bridging the gap between research and application,
    there is a need for tools, agent programming languages, and
    methodologies to analyze, design, and implement complex,
    non-trivial agent-based simulations. Existing agent-based
    simulation tools are still not mature enough to enable developing
    agents with varying degrees cognitive and reasoning capabilities.

ADS 2010 will provide a leading forum to bring together researchers and
practitioners from diverse simulation societies within computer science,
social sciences, engineering, business, education, human factors, and
systems engineering. The involvement of various agent-directed
simulation groups will enable the cross-fertilization of ideas and
development of new perspectives by fostering novel advanced solutions,
as well as enabling technologies for agent-directed simulation


  • Technical papers provide a longer format for presenting experience
    reports, research results, or descriptions of “work in progress”.
    They are limited to 8 pages.

  • Short position papers are targeted at raising a question or framing
    an issue for discussion during the symposium. Position papers are
    limited to 3 pages.

  • Poster presentations present an opportunity to present work in
    progress and receive feedback from colleagues. A one page write-up
    of the poster presentations will be included in the proceedings.

(For all, required font sizes are: min 10 pt for text and min 9 pt for
figures or references).

Papers should be submitted electronically to .
All papers will be subject to a peer-reviewing process by three program
committee members. (Please see the key dates listed below.)


All prospective authors, whose papers are accepted for inclusion in the
program, will be invited to submit their position or technical papers
to ADS‘10. Accepted and registered papers will be published in the
conference proceedings by the SCS. In addition, the committee will
select a set of best papers. Authors of these papers will be encouraged
to submit appropriately expanded versions of these papers for journal

Oct 31, 2009: Manuscript submission
Dec 30, 2009: Notification of acceptance
Jan 20, 2010: Full Camera-ready papers
Apr 12-15, 2010: ADS‘10 Symposium

General Co-Chair
Levent Yilmaz, Auburn University
Tuncer Ă–ren, University of Ottawa
Program Co-Chair
Gregory Madey, University of Notre Dame
Maarten Sierhuis, Carnegie Mellon University, NASA Ames Research Center
Yu Zhang, Trinity University


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