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Call for Papers

Eighth International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation


Postproceedings are available here.

They are also available online here

MABS07 was held on Tuesday 15th May

at the Hawaii Convention Center

Co-located with the

Sixth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems

AAMAS 2007

Revised schedule for submission for post-proceedings can be found here

A schedule for the workshop showing accepted papers can be found here.


The Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS) workshop is the eighth of a series that began in 1998. Its scientific focus lies in the confluence of social sciences and multi-agent systems, with a strong application/empirical vein, and its emphasis is stressed on (i) exploratory agent based simulation as a principled way of undertaking scientific research in the social sciences and (ii) using social theories as an inspiration to new frameworks and developments in multi-agent systems. The excellent quality level of this workshop has been recognized since its inception, and so its proceedings have always been published by Springer-Verlag, in the Lecture Notes series.

The MABS Workshop Series

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

Aims and Scope

Multi-Agent Based Simulation (MABS) is an inter-disciplinary area which brings together researchers active within the multi-agent systems (MAS) community and the agent-based social simulation (ABSS) community. The focus of MAS is on the solution of complex engineering problems related to the construction, deployment and efficient operation of agent-based systems, while the focus of ABSS is on simulating and synthesizing social behaviors in order to understand real social systems (human, animal and even electronic) via the development and testing of new theories.

As evidenced at previous MABS workshops, the MAS and ABSS communities have much to learn from each other. For example, the MAS community has developed agent-based systems that employ sophisticated and elaborated mechanisms (i.e., rich internal models) to solve complex problems, but these techniques are also useful for addressing sociological issues of cooperation, trust and power hierarchies from the social science viewpoint. In contrast, the ABSS community has studied and developed techniques and models for real world societies such as companies or economy and they are tested and validated using experimental data, but these models are also useful for real world applications from the engineering viewpoint. This suggests that the communication between MAS and ABSS communities has a potential of deriving methods that overcome each other's weak points.

General Topics

To promote this cross-influence, the MABS workshop series focuses on both the ideas coming from computer science as a new technology to provide insights into ABSS community and the ideas coming from social sciences as new metaphors to provide insights into MAS community. In this year's edition, in addition to the usual three areas, we have added a specific area of connection with the gaming community. The areas are as follows:

  1. General issues
  2. MAS issues
  3. ABSS issues
  4. Gaming issues

Target Audience

The workshop will provide a forum for social scientists, agent researchers and developers, simulation researchers and games developers to assess the current state of the art in the modeling and simulation of MABS, identify where existing approaches can be successfully applied, learn about new approaches and explore future research challenges.

Important Dates

February 5, 2007 Workshop paper submission
Now 15:00 UTC February 12, 2007
March 5, 2007 Notifications
March 19, 2007 Camera-ready submission deadline (short!)
May 15 2007 Workshop event


Accepted papers will be published and distributed to participants at the workshop. We also intend to publish revised papers from the workshop as a volume of the Springer Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.

15 January 2008 Submission for second review process
7 February 2008 Feedback for revised papers
3 March 2008 Final submission for publication

Submission Guidelines

A PDF file containing the paper should be e-mailed to mabs07 (AT) by the 5th of February 2007. The paper must be in Springer LNCS format (see and no longer than 12 pages.

Organizing Committee

Emma NORLING (Centre for Policy Modelling, UK)
Luis ANTUNES (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)

Program Committee

Joao Balsa (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Cristiano Castelfranchi (ISTC/CNR, Italia)
Sung-Bae Cho (Yonsei University, Korea)
Helder Coelho (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Rosaria Conte (ISTC/CNR Rome, Italy)
Paul Davidsson (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Alexis Drogoul (IRD, MSI research team, Vietnam)
Bruce Edmonds (Centre for Policy Modelling, UK)
Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK)
Laszlo Gulyas (AITIA International Informatics Inc. )
David Hales (University of Bologna, Italy)
Wander Jager (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Marco Janssen (Indiana University, USA)
Satoshi Kurihara (Osaka University, Japan)
Jorge Louçã (ISCTE, Portugal)
Akira Namatame (National Defense Academy, Japan)
Paulo Novais (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
H. Van Parunak (NewVectors LLC, USA)
Juan Pavon Mestras (Universidad Complutense Madrid Spain)
Juliette Rouchier (Greqam/CNRS), France)
David Sallach (Argonne National Lab and University of Chicago, USA)
Keith Sawyer (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
Jaime Sichman (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Elizabeth Sklar (City University of New York, USA)
Liz Sonenberg (University Melbourne, Australia)
Keiki Takadama (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
Oswaldo Teran (University of Los Andes, Venezuela)
Takao Terano (University of Tsukuba, Japan)
Jan Treur (Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University, Sweden)