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Workshop aims and scope
Previous MABS workshops
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Multi-Agent Based Simulation (MABS) is a vibrant inter-disciplinary area
which brings together researchers active within the agent-based social
simulation community (ABSS) and the multi-agent systems community (MAS).
The focus of ABSS is on simulating and synthesizing social behaviours in
order to understand real social systems (human, animal and even electronic)
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 agent based systems.
Increasingly however - and this was evidenced at AAMAS'02 - the MAS and ABSS communities have much to learn from each other. Real human societies are generally self-organising, highly scalable, robust and open systems. The ABSS community have developed a sizable set of techniques, observations and models that give insight into sufficient mechanisms underpinning these kinds of systems. However, ABSS has not concerned itself with applying these techniques to solve engineering problems. Conversely, the MAS community is concerned with creating working agent systems that solve real problems. This focus has forced many to abandon experimentation with large scale systems (thousands of agents) composed of smart autonomous agents (i.e. complex adaptive learners) due to lack of traditional techniques (and or computational resources) for managing such complexity.
These differences of emphasis often preclude dialogue between ABSS and MAS workers. MABS workshops have a track record of providing a major forum for such dialogue to occur. The work presented in various sections of the AAMAS'02 main conference demonstrated a keen interest in the use of learning and adaptation combined with large scale agent societies - increasingly sociological issues of cooperation, trust and power hierarchies are being broached from the engineering perspective. The ABSS community is maturing, techniques and results are increasingly being independently reproduced and verified (but still rarely applied to the production of working MAS). Also some empirical social scientists have begun to demonstrate, test and validate concepts using experimental data and ABSS - and in this context MABS offers a potential linkage (shared vocabulary and methodology) between social scientists and MAS workers - this was an issue explicitly raised during AAMAS'02 panel discussions.
At MABS'03 we aim to aim to re-focus the MABS workshop back to its original aim by challenging the ABSS community to propose MAS applications of their work (or programmes towards such applications) and by asking the MAS community to specify open problems in MAS that they feel should be solvable given a deeper understanding of social organization and processes. We encourage therefore, MAS people to challenge ABSS people by demanding new concepts and techniques to solve real problems and those working in ABSS to offer to MAS workers techniques and methods in a form that makes sense to agent engineers.
As well as original work in ABSS and MAS we particularly welcome submissions
which identify open MAS problems that might be solvable by the application
of ABSS techniques (and vice versa). We also welcome programmatic overviews
which propose a way forward for MABS. We strongly encourage all papers
to (at least briefly) discuss the relevance of their results to both
the ABSS and MAS communities.
Note: These times are provision and almost CERTAIN to change! Watch this page for updates.Session 1 - MABS Techniques for MAS (Chair: David Hales)
Each talk will be allocated approx. 30 mins in total (20-25 mins for presentation and 5-10 mins for questions).
Workshop location is: Sofitel, Melbourne, Brisbane Room (First Floor).
8:30am Welcome and Brief Introduction - David Hales (Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester)
8:40am Invited Talk: Engineering Emergent Behaviour: A VisionSession 2 - Economics, Exchange and Influence in Virtual Worlds (Chair: Juliette Rouicher)
Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
9:10am Employment Decisions Supporting Organizations of Autonomous Agents
Foster McGeary and Keith Decker (Computer and Information Sciences, University of Delaware, USA)
9:35am Towards Verification and Validation in Multiagent-Based Systems and Simulations: Analyzing Different Learning Bargaining Agents
Keiki Takadama, Yutaka L. Suematsu, Norikazu Sugimoto, Norberto E. Nawa and Katsunori Shimohara (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, ATR Human Information Science Labs, Kyoto, Japan, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Nara, Japan)
10:00am - 10:30am Coffee break
10:30am Weak Interaction and Strong Interaction in Agent Based Simulations
Fabien Michel, Abdelkader Gouaich and Jacques Ferber (LIRMM Laboratoire d'Informatique, Robotique et Micro-electronique de Montpellier, C.N.R.S. - Universite Montpellier II, France)11:00am Using Qualitative Exchange Values to Improve the Modelling of Social InteractionsSession 3 - MABS Techniques for Real World Modelling (Chair: Emma Norling)
Maria Ribeiro Rodrigues and Antionio Carlos da Rocha Costa (PPGC - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and ESIN - Universidade Catolica de Pelotas, Brazil)
11:30pm Bilateral Tradings with and without Strategic Interaction
Shinji Tomita and Akira Namatame (National Defence Academy, Yokosuka, 239-8686, Japan)
12:00pm Monetary Policy and Banks' Loan Supply Rules to Harness Asset Bubbles and Crashes
Ichiro Takahashi and Isamu Okada (Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Business Administration, Soka University, Tokyo, Japan)
12:30pm Social change: exploring design influence
Ricardo Sosa and John S Gero (Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition, University of Sydney, Australia)
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch break2:00pm A Methodology for Eliciting and Modelling Stakeholders’ Representations with Agent Based Modelling
Nicolas Becu, François Bousquet, Olivier Barreteau, Pascal Perez, and Andrew Walker (CIRAD, Montpellier, France, Cemagref, Montpellier, France, IRRI, Bangkok, Thailand, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra)
2:30pm Modelling a European decision making process with heterogeneous public opinion and lobbying: the case of the authorization procedure for placing Genetically Modified Organisms on the market
Juliette Rouchier and Sophie Thoyer (GREQAM / CNRS, Marseille, France and LAMETA, ENSAM-INRA, Montpellier, France)
3:00pm - 3:30pm Coffee break
3:30pm Evaluation of Usability of Dial-a-Ride Systems by Social Simulation
NODA Itsuki, OHTA Masayuki, SHINODA Kosuke, KUMADA Yoichiro and NAKASHIMA Hideyuki (Cyber Assist Research Center, AIST, Japan and School of Information Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
4:00pm Multi-Agent Simulation and Interdisciplinary Research: Switching Between Models
Maria Bruno Marietto, Nuno David, Jaime Simão Sichman and Helder Coelho (Intelligent Techniques Laboratory, University of São Paulo Brazil, Dept. of Information Science and Technology, ISCTE/DCTI, Lisbon, Portugal, Dept. of Informatics, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
4:30pm Wrap-up Summary and Goodbye (Round table discussion if there is time: "A killer application for MABS?")