CfP "Artificial Utopias" workshop @ Social Simulation 2022, Milan September

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Since Thomas Moore’s seminal book, the term Utopia denotes the concept of an ideal society. Hitherto utopias have been expressed using literary imagination or rhetorical and political tracts. Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) provides a mechanism for articulating utopias in a formal, reproducible and transparent way – such that assumptions and consequences can be examined, critiqued and explored. Moreover, ABM requires that both individual behaviour and macro aspects be formally specified ensuring cross-level consistency.

This workshop asks the community to articulate utopias using ABM. These can be in any area and at any level of abstraction. Results could show success or failure of such ABM utopias and / or raise open issues or critical assumptions raised by the work. The aim is to provide a forum in which ABM-articulated utopias can be formally presented, discussed and compared.


Submissions will be reviewed by members of the organising committee based on suitability to the topic.

  • Send an extended abstract max. 2 x A4 pages (including references and figures) to Bruce Edmonds, by the end of: 15th May 2022
  • Notification of acceptance 12 July 2022.
  • Final version of paper/abstract 1 September 2022.
  • Workshop event: 12 September 2022.

Post workshop report:

After the workshop the organisers along with interested participants will write a post workshop report detailing the work presented, the discussions at the workshop and possible future directions and topics in the area. This will be published in the Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation

Special Issue:

After the workshop, assuming sufficient interest and quality, authors will be asked to submit articles to a special issue of a relevant journal such as (subject to agreement with the journal):

Organising Committee:

Main chair & contact: Bruce Edmonds
Lena Gerdes
Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle
Mario Paolucci
Nick Gotts