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19 December, 2012

Open Access Special Issue of position papers underlying the FuturICT project

The European Physical Journal Special Topics

Vol. 214 (November II 2012)

Participatory Science and Computing for Our Complex World

A special issue of position papers that underly the thinking in the FuturICT project (which we are a small part of) has been published.  In three of these we are co-authors, but also part of the discussions that have lead to several other of these.

The journal is the European Physical Journal Special Topics and the special issue can be accessed at:

Contents of this issue are:

07 December, 2012

CfP: MABS'13

MABS’13 - The Fourteenth International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation Multi-Agent Simulation

In conjunction with AAMAS 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 6th-10th May 2013

Submission deadline: February 3, 2013
For more information:

Aims and scope. The meeting of researchers from MAS engineering and
the social/economic/organizational sciences is extensively recognized
for its role in cross-fertilization, and has undoubtedly been an
important source of inspiration for the body of knowledge that has
been produced in the MAS area. Multi-Agent Based Simulation (MABS) is
a vibrant inter-disciplinary area which brings together researchers
within the agent-based social simulation community (ABSS) and the
Multiagent Systems community (MAS).

The focus of ABSS is on simulating and organization social behaviours
in order to understand real social systems via the development and
testing of new concepts. The focus of MAS is on the solution of hard
engineering problems related to the construction, deployment and
efficient operation of multiagent systems.
The range of technical issues that MABS has dealt with, and continues
to deal with, is quite diverse and extensive.

The range of technical issues that MABS has dealt with 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

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 environmental modeling
- agent-based experimental economics
- participative-based simulation
- MABS and games

In addition to the above topics, we are also interested in submissions
that address issues that have attracted MABS in the recent years.
These include,
-       Data driven simulations
-       MABS that link real-world data in real time.
-       simulation modelling of multidirectional dynamics in complex social systems
-       Provenance and ontology-driven approaches in building simulations
-       Use of qualitative Evidence to inform behavioral rules
-       Design and analysis of simulation experiments including uncertainty analysis
-       Handling Big Data in MABS including sense-making

The workshop is a continuation of the International Workshop series on
Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS). Further details of the previous
workshops can be found at

February 3, 2013 - Deadline for paper submission.
March 1, 2013 - Acceptance or rejection notification is sent to authors.
March 10, 2013 - Deadline for authors sending their revised
contribution, according to reviewers’ remarks.
May 6-57, 2013 - MABS 2013 workshop takes place.

All accepted papers will be printed in the AAMAS workshop proceedings.
In addition, following the tradition of the previous MABS workshops,
we intend to publish the accepted papers, after a further reviewing
process, in Springer-Verlag's Multi-Agent-Based Simulation book
series, LNAI.

All submitted papers must be formatted according to Springer's LNAI
layout ( and in PDF
format. The maximum number of pages is 12. Papers should be submitted
via Easychair (

All submissions will go through a peer review process, with two or
three independent PC members reviewing each submission. Only those
deemed to be 1) relevant to the workshop's aims, 2) presenting
original work, and 3) of good quality and clarity will be accepted.
Following the workshop, participants will be required to revise their
papers, which will undergo a second review process before publication
in the post-proceedings.

H. Van Dyke Parunak (Jacobs Technology, USA)
Shah Jamal Alam (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Coming soon!

Frédéric Amblard (Université Toulouse 1, France)
Luis Antunes (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Rosaria Conte (National Research Council, Italy)
Paul Davidsson (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK)
Scott Moss (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
Keith Sawyer (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
Jaime Simão Sichman (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Keiki Takadama (University of Electro-Communications, Japan)

Contact: For the workshop related queries, contact
For more information visit: