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12 November, 2011

4th Int. Symp. on Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation, Vienna April 2012


Fourth International Symposium on
"Untapping the true potential
of Agent-Based Modeling"

Chairs: Stefania Bandini, Paolo Petta and Giuseppe Vizzari

at the 21th European Meeting on
Cybernetics and Systems Research
April 10 - 13, Vienna

Submission deadline: December 9, 2011


The notions of agents and multi-agent systems have been adopted for the
modeling of complex systems in the most varied contexts: from social
sciences to urban planning, biology, logistics and production, and many
other more. Agent-based models and simulators are used for research as
well as for business/industrial applications. However, the concepts
behind the term 'agent' are often quite different, as well as the goals,
phases and practices involved in modeling and simulation activities.
This leads to different approaches, models, mechanisms, methodologies
and developed computational systems supporting simulation of the modeled

The aim of this workshop, building on the experiences and results of the
previous editions held in 2006, 2008 and 2010 is to bring together
competencies related to agent-based modeling and simulation in different
contexts, first of all to foster cross fertilization but also on one hand
to understand what are the particular features of this kind of approach
that made it so successful and widespread and, more important, to deeply
explore the features that differentiate it from other computational
approaches to the investigation of complex systems, like physical
approaches and Cellular Automata. The theme for this year's edition of the
symposium is thus "Untapping the true potential of Agent-Based Modeling":
the authors are invited to go in the details of the features of the
agent-based approach that made them opt for it instead of different
alternatives (e.g. the possibility to represent, analyze, exploit cognitive
models for agents, to study or employ some psycho/socio/anthropological
theory; to manage a high level of heterogeneity in the analyzed system;
to define a comprehensive model of perception, action and interaction of
autonomous entities situated in an environment).

Next to paper presentations, ample room will be available for discussions, taking
advantage of the friendly setting provided by EMCSR.

Topics of Interest  

We invite papers on all aspects relating to agent-based modeling
and simulation, with particular attention to interdisciplinary
experiences. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,
the following:

·      actual MAS-based simulation experiences
·      agent-based modeling methodologies
·      generic or domain specific MAS models for simulation
·      methodologies for the analysis of MAS-based simulation results
·      multi-agent models for emergent phenomena and self-organization
·      platforms for agent-based modeling and simulation
·      relationships between MAS models and other computational models for the simulation of complex systems
·      validation of MAS-based simulations

Authors are required to address the following issues  

·      goals and context of the simulation projects (explanatory or predictive, business or research context)
·      the notions and types of agents, internal architectures and decision mechanisms used
·      the notion of environment used, in which the agents are situated, and the related mechanisms of interaction
·      clear-cut working definitions of the basic and emerging concepts employed, grounded in theory/the literature
·      a crisp and scientifically valid characterisation of the research challenge identified or results obtained

Important dates  

Deadline for submission: December 9, 2011
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: January 20, 2012
Final Papers: February 17, 2012

Followup publication  

As for the previous editions, we aim to publish a collection of extended
versions of selected accepted and presented papers as a special issue
of a renowned international journal.

Program Committee (confirmed, to be extended)  

Ana Bazzan - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil
Sven Breuckner - Vector Research Center - USA
Paul Davidsson - Malmö University - Sweden
Jan Dijkstra - Eindhoven University of Technology - Netherlands
Bruce Edmonds - Manchester Metropolitan University Business School - UK
Giorgio Fagiolo - University of Verona - Italy
Joseph Giampapa - Carnegie Mellon University - USA
Nigel Gilbert - University of Surrey - UK
László Gulyás - AITIA International Inc. - Hungary
Xiaolin Hu - Georgia State University - USA
Franziska Klügl - Örebro university - Sweden
Michael North - Argonne National Laboratory - USA
Andrea Omicini - University of Bologna - Italy
Andreas Pyka - University of Augsburg - Germany
Rosaldo Rossetti - University of Porto - Portugal
Majid Sarvi - Monash University - Australia
Andreas Schadschneider - University of Cologne - Germany
Armin Seyfried - Jülich Supercomputing Centre - Germany
Flavio Soares Correa da Silva - University of S. Paulo - Brazil
Daniel Villatoro - Spanish Scientific Research Council - Spain