CALL FOR PAPERS

Third International Workshop on Multi-Agent Based Simulation
MABS'02
15 July 2002

To be held at
AAMAS'02
First International Joint Conference on
Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems
15 - 19 July 2002
Palazzo Re Enzo
Bologna - Italy

You can acccess in this page the following information about MABS'02:

Call for Bookchapters
About MABS Workshop Topics of Interest
Paper Submission Important Dates Program Commitee
Accepted Papers Workshop Scheduling
Organizers Contact Slides


Call for bookchapters

The (post)proceedings of the MABS'02 workshop will be published by Springer Verlag in the LNAI/LNCS series. Based on the reviews and the discussions at the workshop, we kindly ask the authors of accepted papers for an updated version to be published.

For the final versions, please take into account the issues that were discussed during your presentation at the workshop, as well as the issues pointed out by the reviewers during the original submission procedure. There will be again a peer-review process to ensure high quality contributions: these updated versions will be reviewed by other contributors to the proceedings and one of the organizers. All the papers accepted in the workshop will be published in the volume, excepting those that do not cope with the reviewers remarks during this second review procedure or those that will not be sent until the deadline defined below.

Authors are requested at the end of the procedure to send the camera-ready version of their paper, as well as a commentary page, justifying the modifications suggested by the reviewers, as explained below.

Important Details

Your paper must not exceed 20 A4-pages and each paper must be provided either as a self-contained PostScript file or as a PDF document.

Please follow the LNCS style guidelines to prepare your manuscript. The LNCS style is mandatory. Manuscripts deviating from the LNCS style will be rejected. For additional information, style files and guides, please see:

http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html

ftp://ftp.springer.de/pub/tex/latex/llncs/latex2e/

Please do follow the Springer instructions for authors and send your prepared manuscripts, as well as the commentary page, to:

jaime.sichman@poli.usp.br

Checklist

Before sending your contribution, please check that it adheres to the following basic set of recommendations:

Style

Review

Figures

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: September 27th, 2002
Reviews due: October 25th, 2002
Notification of authors: October 30th, 2002
Final, camera-ready copies: November 15th, 2002
 

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About MABS Workshop

This workshop in the third of the MABS series. The earlier two have been organised as workshops of the last two ICMAS Conferences.

The first MABS workshop, held in Paris at ICMAS 1998, had as its aim "to develop stronger links between those working in the social sciences, for whom agent based simulation has the potential to be a valuable research tool,and those involved with multi-agent simulation, for whom the social sciences can provide useful theories and exemplars" . In this workshop, 50 papers were submited and 16 were accepted to be presented. A revised version of the papers were published by Springer Verlag, in LNAI series, volume 1534, in a volume called Multi-Agent Systems and Agent-Based Simulation.

The second MABS workshop, held in Boston at ICMAS 2000, extended this development, and provided substantial discussions. The presentations focused on lessons of social simulation for DAI , on the supporting and reporting of social simulation modelling and on social simulation based software applications. Also for this workshop submissions were subject to peer review and revised versions of the accepted papers (17) were published by Springer Verlag in LNAI series, volume 1979, in a volume called Multi-Agent-Based Simulation.
 

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Topics of Interest

An important trend, which is the topic of AAMAS 2002, is the research on interactions between people and agent based methodology. The MABS 2002 workshop will focus on these aspects of interactions between societies of artificial agents and human societies. The aim is still to develop stronger links between those working in social sciences and those involved with multi-agent simulations. On the one hand, the first human societies MABS is confronted with are the scientific communities. Many important conferences in various disciplines such as geography, economics, ecology, sociology, and physics have hosted workshops on MABS-related topics and many respected journals publish papers that includes elements of MABS.

Although MABS is gradually acquiring legitimacy in many disciplinary fields, much has to be done to clarify the potential use of MABS in these disciplines. Researchers from these disciplines have different points of view on issues such as time-frame, space, geographical scales, organizational levels, etc... On the other hand, the interest for MABS goes beyond the scientific communities. Several MABS models has been developed and used interactively with other societies. For instance, research is being done on the interactions between societies of robots and groups of people, and simulations models are developed with stake holders for environmental issues in a participative way, through the Internet or directly on the field. These new approaches lead to new questions on the use of MABS for collective decision making, but also on the conceptual and technical aspects of MABS.

Within this framework of interactions between artificial and human societies, special attention will be given to the conceptual and technical aspects (agent architecture, interaction protocols, simulation platforms, modelling protocols, time and space representation, presentation of simulation results) resulting from these interactions and favouring them. Papers describing applications with examples of such interactions between MABS and society will be welcommed as well as conceptual and epistemological thoughts on the use of MABS as a collective representation.
 

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Important Dates

Submission of papers: April 22nd, 2002
Notification of acceptance: May 13th, 2002
Final versions: May 24th, 2002
Workshop dates: July 15-16th 2002
 

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Program Commitee

Innocent Bakam (University of Douala, Cameroon)
Rafael Bordini (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
François Bousquet (CIRAD/IRRI, Thailand)
Helder Coelho (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Rosaria Conte (IP/CNR, Italy)
Paul Davidsson (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Jim Doran (University of Essex, UK)
Alexis Drogoul (University Paris VI, France)
Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK)
Mat Hare (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Wander Jager (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Marco Janssen (University of Indiana, USA)
Scott Moss (University of Manchester, UK)
Christof le Page (CIRAD, France)
Jouliette Rouchier (GREQAM/CNRS, France)
Keith Sawyer (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
Jaime Simão Sichman (University of São Paulo, Brazil) (chair)
Klaus Troitzsch (University of Koblenz, Germany)
John Tyler (MITRE Corporation, USA)
Harko Verhagen (University Stockholm, Sweden)
 

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Paper Submission

Policies

The papers should present new results in theoretical, empirical and applied research in multi-agent based simulation. MABSí02 allows simultaneous submission of papers to other conferences, provided that this fact is clearly indicated by the authors in the submission process.

All accepted papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lectures Notes in Artificial Intelligence Series, in a post-workshop volume. All authors of accepted papers will then be required to sign copyright release forms, and one author of each accepted paper will be required to attend the workshop to present the paper.

Format

Papers must be written in English and should be no longer than 10 pages, including all tables, figures, and references, but excluding the cover page. Over-length papers may be rejected without review. It is recommended that the authors use the style file of Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes to minimise the possible conflict of paper length when preparing the camera ready.

Review Process

All papers received will be cross-reviewed by at least two referees in the topical area. The Camera-Ready papers of the post-workshop volume will be reviewed by one referee, and must take into account the modifications suggested during the workshop discussions and this final review.

Submission Procedure

Papers should be sent as an e-mail attachment in PDF format to mabs02@ipd.bth.se.

The email body should contain the title, author names and contact information. Please use "MABS'02 Submission" in the subject header of the email.

Any other questions regarding papers submission may be directed to Dr. Paul Davidsson at paul.davidsson@bth.se.

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Organizers

Dr. Jaime Simão Sichman
University of São Paulo, Brazil

Dr. François Bousquet
CIRAD/IRRI, Thailand

Dr. Paul Davidsson
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
 

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Accepted Papers

The MOCA Platform: Simulating the Dynamics of Social Networks Matthieu Amiguet, Jean-Pierre Muller, José Báez, Nagy Adina

 BVG choice in Axelrod's tribute model Luis Antunes, Leonel Nóbrega, Helder Coelho

 Towards an Emergence-Driven Software Process for Agent-Based Simulation Nuno David, Jaime Sichman, Helder Coelho

 Towards an Ideal Social Simulation Language Bruce Edmonds

 Evolving Specialisation, Altruism and Group-Level Optimisation Using Tags David Hales

 On the Simulation of Multiagent-Based Regulators for Physiological Processes Francesco Amigoni, Nicola Gatti

 How to Develop Artificial Agents that are Useful in Improving the Understanding the Behaviour of Real Agents? Wander Jager, Marco Janssen

 Relating Structure and Dynamics in Organisation Models Catholijn M. Jonker, Jan Treur

 Multi-Agent Patrolling: an Empirical Analysis of Alternative Architectures Aydano Machado, Geber Ramalho, Jean-Daniel Zucker, Alexis Drogoul

Requirements Analysis of Agent-Based Simulaton Platforms: State of the Art and New Prospects Maria das Graças Bruno Marietto, Nuno David, Jaime S. Sichman, Helder Coelho

 On Multi Agent Based Simulation of Software Development Processes Tham Wickenberg, Paul Davidsson

A Simulation of the Market for Offenses in Multiagent Systems: Is Zero Crime Rates Attainable? Pinata Winoto
 

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Workshop Scheduling

8:15 - 8:30 - Opening

Session I - Emergence, Alliances and Groups

8:30 - 9:00 -   Relating Structure and Dynamics in Organisation Models
                       Catholijn M. Jonker, Jan Treur

9:00 - 9:30 -   How to Develop Artificial Agents that are Useful in Improving the
                        Understanding the Behaviour of Real Agents?
                       Wander Jager, Marco Janssen

9:30 - 10:00 -   BVG choice in Axelrod's tribute model
                          Luis Antunes, Leonel Nóbrega, Helder Coelho

10:00 - 10:30 -    Evolving Specialisation, Altruism and Group-Level Optimisation Using Tags
                             David Hales

10:30 - 11:00 - Coffee Break

Session II - MABS Applications I

11:00 - 11:30 -       On the Simulation of Multiagent-Based Regulators for Physiological Processes
                            Francesco Amigoni, Nicola Gatti

11:30 - 12:00 -     A Simulation of the Market for Offenses in Multiagent Systems: Is Zero Crime Rates Attainable?
                            Pinata Winoto

12:00 - 12:30 - Invited Talk: MABS : Past, Current and Future Research
                                                Alexis Drogoul (Univ. Paris VI, France)

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch

Session III - MABS Platforms and Languages

13:30 - 14:00 -    The MOCA Platform: Simulating the Dynamics of Social Networks
                             Matthieu Amiguet, Jean-Pierre Muller, José Báez, Nagy Adina

14:00 - 14:30 -    Requirements Analysis of Agent-Based Simulaton Platforms:
                             State of the Art and New Prospects
                            Maria das Graças Bruno Marietto, Nuno David, Jaime S. Sichman, Helder Coelho

14:30 - 15:00 -    Towards an Ideal Social Simulation Language
                             Bruce Edmonds

15:00 - 15:30 -     Towards an Emergence-Driven Software Process for Agent-Based Simulation
                              Nuno David, Jaime Sichman, Helder Coelho

15:30 - 16:00 - Coffee Break

Session IV - MABS Applications II

16:00 - 16:30 -   Multi-Agent Patrolling: an Empirical Analysis of Alternative Architectures
                            Aydano Machado, Geber Ramalho, Jean-Daniel Zucker, Alexis Drogoul

16:30 - 17:00 -    On Multi Agent Based Simulation of Software Development Processes
                             Tham Wickenberg, Paul Davidsson

17:00 - 17:30 - Round Table

17:30 - Closing
 

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Slides


The invited talk presented by Alexis Drogoul is available at the site http://homepage.mac.com/drogoul, all you need is to follow the links.

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Contact

Dr. Jaime Simão Sichman
Laboratório de Técnicas Inteligentes (LTI)
Depto. Eng. Computação e Sistemas Digitais (PCS)
Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo
Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, tv. 3, 158
05508-900 São Paulo SP Brazil
voice: +55 11 30915397
fax:    +55 11 30915294
email: jaime.sichman@poli.usp.br
URL: http://www.pcs.usp.br/~jaime


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