CFP: MABS 2014 - 15th International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation

15th International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS 2014)

e-mail: [email protected]

Paris (France), 5-6th May, 2014


The meeting of researchers from MAS engineering and the social/economic/organizational sciences is extensively recognized for its role in cross-fertilization, and it has undoubtedly been an important source of inspiration for the body of knowledge that has been produced in the MAS area.

The MABS workshop series continues with its goal to bring together researchers interested in MAS engineering, with researchers focused on finding efficient solutions to model complex social systems, in such areas as economics, management, organizational and social sciences in general. In all these areas, agent theories, metaphors, models, analysis, experimental designs, empirical studies, and methodological principles, all converge into simulation as a way of achieving explanations and predictions, exploration and testing of hypotheses, better designs and systems.

This year, in addition to our usual range of topics for discussion, we would like to include a session focussing particularly on issues related to the use of Big Data in MABS. Researchers who are looking at any aspect of using Big Data to build MABS, MABS to improve understanding of Big Data, or related topics are strongly encouraged to make a submission.


The range of technical issues that MABS deals with is diverse and extensive and it includes:

  • Simulation methodologies:
    • Standards for MABS.
    • Methodologies and simulation languages for MABS.
    • Simulation platforms and tools for MABS.
    • Visualization and analytic tools.
    • Approaches for large-scale simulations.
    • Scalability and robustness in MABS.
    • Simulation modelling of multidirectional dynamics in complex social systems.
    • Provenance and ontology driven approaches in building simulations.
  • Simulation of social and economic behaviour:
    • Formal and agent models of social behaviour.
    • Cognitive modelling and social simulation.
    • Game theory and simulation.
    • Social structure: social networks and simulating organizations.
    • Simulating social complexity (e.g. structures and norms, social order, emergence of cooperation and coordinated action, self-organization, the micro-macro link).
    • Use of qualitative evidence to inform behavioural rules.
  • Applications:
    • MABS in environmental modelling.
    • Agent-based experimental economics.
    • Participative simulation.
    • MABS and games.
  • Big Data and Multi-Agent-Based Simulation:
    • Data driven simulations.
    • Real time data processing.
    • Design and analysis of simulation experiments including uncertainty analysis.
    • Handling Big Data in MABS including sense making.


Review process
MABS welcomes the submission of full papers with preference to the topics listed in the call for papers. All submissions will go through a peer review process, with two or three independent PC members reviewing each submission. Only those deemed to be 1) relevant to the workshop’s aims, 2) presenting original work, and 3) of good quality and clarity will be accepted. Following the workshop, participants will be required to revise their papers, taking into account feedback received at the workshop, and then undergo a second review process before publication in the post-proceedings.

Submitting papers
All submissions should be no longer than 12 pages, in PDF format. Authors are required to use Springer LNCS format for proceedings. Eletronic submission will be managed online through the EasyChair system. To register your paper (deadline January 20th, 2014) you need to provide basic information about the submission including its title, abstract, keywords and author(s). You do not need to upload the full PDF for the purpose of paper registration, but the papers full PDF must be uploaded before the paper submission deadline (January 22nd, 2014).

All accepted papers will be included in the AAMAS 2014 Workshop Proceedings. Following the workshop, participants will be required to revise their papers, which will undergo a second review process before publication in the post-proceedings, as part of the Multi-Agent-Based Simulation Series for Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.


Electronic abstract aubmission: January 20th, 2014

Paper submission deadline: January 22nd, 2014

Notification of acceptance: February 19th, 2014

Camera-Ready papers due: March 10th, 2014

Workshop Celebration: May 5-6th, 2014



  • Emma Norling (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK).
  • Francisco Grimaldo (Universitat de València, Spain).

Steering Commitee

  • Frédéric Amblard (University of Toulouse, France).
  • Jaime Simão Sichman (University of São Paulo, Brazil).
  • Keiki Takadama (University of Electro-Communications, Japan).
  • Keith Sawyer (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA).
  • Luis Antunes (University of Lisbon, Portugal).
  • Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK).
  • Paul Davidsson (Malmö University, Sweden).
  • Rosaria Conte (National Research Council, Italy).
  • Scott Moss (Koblenz-Landau, Germany).


Emma Norling

School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology

John Dalton Building

Manchester Metropolitan University

Chester Street


United Kingdom

M1 5GD

Tel: +44 161 247 3884

[email protected]

Francisco Grimaldo Moreno

Departament d’Informàtica

Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria (ETSE)

Universitat de València

Avinguda de la Universitat, s/n

46100 Burjassot-València


Tel: +34 96 354 44 87 (+34 96 354 45 65)

[email protected]