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    Call for Papers:

    Joint Workshop on Multi-Agent and Multi-Agent-Based Simulation

    To be held at Columbia University in New York City, USA on July 19 or 20, 2004.

    Co-located with the Third International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS'2004).

    Aims and Scope

    There has been considerable recent progress in modeling and analyzing multi-agent systems (MAS), and in techniques that apply MAS models to complex real world systems such as social systems and organizations. Simulation is an increasingly important strand that weaves together this work. In high-risk, high-cost situations, simulations provide critical cost/benefit leverage, and make possible explorations that cannot be carried out in-situ:

    * Multi-agent approaches to simulating complex systems
    (often referred to as Multi-Agent Based Simulation or "MABS") is a key tool in inter-disciplinary studies of social systems. Agent-based social simulation (ABSS) research simulates and synthesizes social behavior in order to understand real social systems with properties of self-organization, scalability, robustness and openness.

    * In the MAS community, simulation has been applied to a wide range of MAS research and design problems from models of complex individual agents employing sophisticated internal mechanisms to models of large scale societies of relatively simple agents which focus more on the interactions between agents.

    * For the simulation community, MAS-based approaches provide a new way of organising and managing large scale simulations
    (e.g., GRID-based simulations), and agent simulation presents a challenging new domain requiring the development of new theory and techniques.

    This workshop concerns agent simulation construed broadly, from multi-agent approaches to simulating complex systems, to the simulation of part or all of a multi-agent system and the hard technical issues of multi-agent simulation itself. Contemporary directions in both MABS and MAS research present significant challenges to existing simulation tools and methods, such as concepts and tools for modeling complex social systems and environments; scalability (to thousands or millions of large-grain agents); heterogeneity of simulation components and modeled agents; visualisation and steering of simulation behaviour; validation of models and results; human-in-the-loop issues; and more. The workshop will provide a forum for social scientists, agent researchers and developers and simulation researchers to assess the current state of the art in the modelling and simulation of social systems and MAS, identify where existing approaches can be successfully applied, learn about new approaches and explore future research challenges.

    A General topics

    * Agent and environment models to support simulation
    * Standards for simulators including inter-operability

    * Agent and agent-based simulation on the GRID
    * Scalability issues
    * Synchronisation approaches

    B MAS Simulation Infrastructure

    * Parallel and distributed simulation of MAS
    * Tools, environments and kernels for simulating MAS
    * Data collection and analysis (e.g., monitoring, visualisation)
    * MAS simulation languages and formalisms (e.g., DEVS, petri nets)
    * Combined approaches to verification of MAS (e.g., combining simulation with formal and/or empirical verification)

    C Multi-Agent Based Simulation

    * Formal and agent-based models of social behaviour
    * Applications of MABS
    * The use of MABS to understand complex dynamics
    * Emergence as an MAS programming paradigm
    * New tools and methodologies for MABS
    * Social structures and norms as tools for designing MAS

    The workshop is in part a continuation of the International Workshop series on Multi Agent Based Simulation (MABS). More information about MABS can be found at

    Target Audience

    The workshop will be of interest to researchers in the modelling and analysis of multi-agent systems, and researchers who are interested in applying agent-based simulation techniques to real-world problems.

    Important dates

    Submission deadline: April 1 Notification of acceptance: May 1 Final pre-workshop version deadline: May 20 Workshop event: July 19/20


    All accepted papers will be printed in the workshop proceedings. In addition, following the tradition of the previous MABS workshops selected papers will be revised and published by Springer in the LNCS series. Preliminary schedule of the post-proceedings process:

    Second reviewing: September Revised camera-ready papers deadline: October Publication: December

    Submission Guidelines

    A PDF file containing the paper should be e-mailed to by the 1st of April 2004. The paper must be in Springer LNCS format
    (see and no more than 10 pages.

    Organizing Committee

    Paul Davidsson (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden) Les Gasser (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) Brian Logan (University Nottingham, UK) Keiki Takadama (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)

    Program Committee

    Gul Agha (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) John Anderson (University of Manitoba, Canada) Robert Axtell (The Brookings Institution, USA) Rafael Bordini (University of Liverpool, UK) Francois Bousquet (CIRAD/IRRI, Thailand) Christopher D. Carothers (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA) Shu-Heng Chen (National Chengchi University, Taiwan) Claudio Cioffi-Revilla (George Mason University, USA) Helder Coelho (University of Lisbon, Portugal) Rosaria Conte (IP/CNR Rome, Italy) Nick Collier (PantaRei LLC/Argonne National Lab, USA) Daniel Corkill (University of Massachusetts, USA) Nuno David (ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal) Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

    Richard Fujimoto (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK) Nick Gotts (Macaulay Institute, Scotland, UK) David Hales (University of Bologna, Italy) Matt Hare (University of Zurich, Switzerland) Rainer Hegselmann (University of Bayreuth, Germany) Wander Jager (University of Groningen, Netherlands) Marco Janssen (Indiana University, USA) Christophe Le Page (CIRAD, France) Scott Moss (University of Manchester, UK) Akira Namatame (National Defense Academy, Japan) Emma Norling (University of Melbourne, Australia) Michael North (Argonne National Laboratory, USA) Mario Paolucci, (IP/CNR Rome, Italy) Alexander Pretschner (Technische Universitt Mnchen, Germany) Patrick Riley (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) Juliette Rouchier (Greqam (CNRS), France) Keith Sawyer (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

    Matthias Scheutz (University of Notre Dame, USA) Jaime Sichman (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) Liz Sonenberg (University Melbourne, Australia) Takao Terano (University of Tsukuba, Japan) Georgios Theodoropoulos (University of Birmingham, UK)

    Klaus Troitzsch (University of Koblenz, Germany) Carl Tropper (McGill University, Canada) Stephen Turner (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) Lin Uhrmacher (University of Rostock, Germany) Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University, Sweden) Manuela M. Veloso (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) Regis Vincent (SRI International, USA) Philip A. Wilsey (University of Cincinnati, USA)

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