Call for Participation Swarmfest 2012

Apologies for Cross Posting!

Call for Participation: Swarmfest 2012 will take place in Downtown Charlotte, N.C. July 29-31, 2012, hosted by the Complex Systems
Institute at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: May 28, 2012 as 1 page .pdf files.
Email submissions to [email protected]

Swamfest is the annual meeting of the Swarm Development Group (SDG), and one of the oldest communities involved in the development and propagation of agent-based modeling. Swarmfest has traditionally involved a mix of both tool-users and tool-developers, drawn from many domains of expertise. These have included, in the past, computer scientists, software engineers, biomedical researchers, ecologists, economists, political scientists, social scientists, resource management specialists and evolutionary biologists. Swarmfest represents a low-key environment for researchers to explore new ideas and approaches, and benefit from a multi-disciplinary environment.

This year we will continue to examine the range of systems being modeled with ABM, with the possibility of providing some guidance as to the suitability of the various types of agent-based models for particular types of modeling goals. We also encourage the sharing of our experiences with attempting to gain acceptance of ABM within our own research communities, and discuss strategies where cross-domain examples/analogies can aid in that process. We will also try to identify future avenues for ABM research, including the “next” generation of ABM tools, platforms and application.

Watch this List as well as the Swarm Development Group homepage ( for upcoming news on the location facilities, program and logistics.

Hope to see you in Charlotte!

Gary An, MD
President, Swarm Development Group and Associate Professor of Surgery University of Chicago