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Subject:

MABS2003 @ AAMAS2003 EXTENDED Extended paper submission deadline to 28th of March

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Olivier BARTHELEMY <[log in to unmask]>

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Olivier BARTHELEMY <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 21 Mar 2003 14:46:17 +0000

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******************* EXTENDED CALL FOR PAPERS ********************
                        MABS'03 @ AAMAS'03
          The 4th Workshop on Multi-Agent Based Simulation
               Melbourne Australia, 14th July 2003.
                  (see: http://cfpm.org/mabs2003)

 >>> SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED FROM 21st to 28th of March
 >>> due to popular demand!

Workshop Aims and Scope
-----------------------

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

Increasingly however - and this was evidenced at AAMAS'02 - the
MAS and ABSS communities have much to learn from each other.
Real human societies are generally self-organising, highly scalable,
robust and open systems. The ABSS community have developed a
sizable set of techniques, observations and models that give insight
into sufficient mechanisms underpinning these kinds of systems.
However, ABSS has not concerned itself with applying these
techniques to solve engineering problems. Conversely, the MAS
community is concerned with creating working agent systems that
solve real problems. This focus has forced  many to abandon
experimentation with large scale systems (thousands of agents)
composed of smart autonomous agents (i.e. complex adaptive
learners) due to lack of traditional techniques (and or computational
resources) for managing such complexity.

These differences of emphasis often preclude dialogue between
ABSS and MAS workers. MABS workshops have a track record of
providing a major forum for such dialogue to occur. The work
presented in various sections of the AAMAS'02 main conference
demonstrated a keen interest in the use of learning and adaptation
combined with large scale agent societies - increasingly sociological
issues of cooperation, trust and power hierarchies are being broached
from the engineering perspective. The ABSS community is maturing,
techniques and results are increasingly being independently
reproduced and verified (but still rarely applied to the production of
working MAS). Also some empirical social scientists have begun to
demonstrate, test and validate concepts using experimental data and
ABSS - and in this context MABS offers a potential linkage (shared
vocabulary and methodology) between social scientists and MAS
workers - this was an issue explicitly raised during AAMAS'02 panel
discussions.

At MABS'03 we aim to aim to re-focus the MABS workshop back to
its original aim by challenging the ABSS community to propose
MAS applications of their work (or programmes towards such
applications) and by asking the MAS community to specify open
problems in MAS that they feel should be solvable given a deeper
understanding of social organization and processes. We encourage
therefore, MAS people to challenge ABSS people by demanding new
concepts and techniques to solve real problems and those working in
ABSS to offer to MAS workers techniques and methods in a form
that makes sense to agent engineers.
As well as original work in ABSS and MAS we particularly welcome
submissions which identify open MAS problems that might be
solvable by the application of ABSS techniques (and vice versa). We
also welcome programmatic overviews which propose a way forward
for MABS. We strongly encourage all papers to (at least briefly)
discuss the relevance of their results to both the ABSS and MAS
communities.

Relevant topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:

    o    Techniques to help produce scalable and robust agent
         societies
    o    Managing interactions in large-scale (possibly massive) agent
         societies
    o    The establishment and maintenance of functionality in open
         agent systems
    o    The emergence of cooperation and coordinated action
    o    Social structures and norms as tools for designing MAS
    o    The application of ABSS techniques to MAS task domains
    o    The application of MAS techniques to ABSS task domains
    o    Methodologies and techniques that link ABSS and MAS work
    o    Agent-based models of social behaviour (particularly those
         that inform MAS)
    o    Formal models of social processes applicable to MAS
    o    Emergence as an MAS programming paradigm (how to
         control it, when to apply it)
    o    Emergent specialisation and group level adaptations
    o    Comparison of different agent architectures within a
         simulated MAS task environment
    o    The application of biologically inspired ideas and techniques
         to MAS
    o    The effect of different kinds of cognition of the global
         outcomes in MAS/ABSS
    o    The use of MAS/ABSS to understand complex dynamics
    o    Visualisation and analytic tools to understand MAS outcomes
    o    Philosophical critiques of MABS
    o    New frameworks for the conceptualisation of MABS
    o    New tools and methodologies for producing ABSS
    o    Work which builds on or critiques past MABS papers

If your topic area is not included above then advice on the relevance
of a paper you plan to submit to MABS can be obtained from the
Chair (email [log in to unmask]).  Final judgement is, of course,
primarily down to those who review the paper.

Previous MABS Workshops
-----------------------

MABS'03 will be the 4th workshop of the MABS series. The first two
were organized as workshops of ICMAS'98 and ICMAS'2000. The
3rd MABS workshop was a workshop of AAMAS'02.

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
available research tool, and those involved with multi-agent
simulation, for whom the social sciences can provide useful concepts
and exemplars". The presented workshop 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. The workshop proceedings
were published by Springer-Verlag in LNAI series,  volume 1979, in
a volume called Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (see review).

The third MABS workshop, held in Bologna at AAMAS 2002,
continued the aim of developing and supporting links between social
science and Multi-Agent Systems practitioners via the medium of
multi-agent based simulation. Additionally, the workshop echoed a
specific AAMAS 2002  topic: "interactions between people and agent
technology". The workshop proceedings will be published by
Springer-Verlag in early 2003.

Important Dates
---------------

    o    Paper submission deadline: March 28th. Papers should be e-
         mailed to [log in to unmask] by midnight (GMT) on the
         28th of March. Papers must be in either MS-WORD,
         POSTSCRIPT (using standard fonts) or PDF format. Papers
         should be in LNCS format (see
         http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html) and no more
         than 16 pages in that format.  If there are any problems with
         this you must email [log in to unmask] well before the
         deadline has passed.
    o    Notification of acceptance: April 30th. Authors will be
         notified of acceptance along with peer reviewer comments on
         30th of April. Acceptance may be conditional on suggested
         revisions.
    o    Pre-proceedings deadline: May 14th. Revised versions will
         be required by midnight on 14th of May. These versions will
         be published in the workshop pre-proceedings which will be
         available to each participant at the workshop event in
         Melbourne.
    o    Workshop event: 14th July 2003.

Publication
-----------

After the event we will give authors the opportunity to revise their
papers based on feedback gained from the workshop before
publication. The proceedings will be published in the Springer-
Verlag LNAI series before the end of 2003.

Organizing Committee
--------------------

David Hales (Chair), Centre for Policy Modelling,
   Manchester Metropolitan University, Aytoun Building, Aytoun
   Street, Manchester M1 3GH, UK.
   tel. +44 (0)161 247 6074, e-mail: [log in to unmask]
Juliette Rouchier, Greqam (CNRS) - Centre de la Vieille
   Charité, 2 Rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille, France.
   tel. +33 (0)491 14 0741, e-mail: [log in to unmask]
Bruce Edmonds, Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester
   Metropolitan University, Aytoun Building, Aytoun Street,
   Manchester M1 3GH, UK.
   tel. +44 (0)161 247 6074, e-mail: [log in to unmask]
Emma Norling, Dept. of Computer Science & Software
   Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010,
   Australia.
   tel. +61 3 8344 0938, e-mail: [log in to unmask]
Roberto Pedone, Institute of Cognitive Sciences and
   Technologies, Italian National Research Council, V.le Marx
   15; 00137, Rome, Italy.
   tel. +39.06.86090215, e-mail: [log in to unmask]

Program Committee
-----------------

Robert Axtell (Brookings Institution, USA)
Rafael Bordini (University of Liverpool, UK)
Francois Bousquet (CIRAD/IRRI)
Helder Coelho (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Rosaria Conte (IP/CNR Rome, Italy)
Paul Davidsson (Blekinge Inst. of Tech., Sweden)
Nuno David (ISCTE, Lisbon, Portugal)
Alexis Drogoul (University Paris VI, France)
Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK)
Nick Gotts (Macaulay Institute, Scotland, UK)
Matt Hare (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Rainer Hegselmann (Uni. Bayreuth, Germany)
Wander Jager (Uni. of Groningen, Netherlands)
Marco Janssen (Indiana University, USA)
Scott Moss (University of Manchester, UK)
Mario Paolucci, (IP/CNR Rome, Italy)
Keith Sawyer (Washington Uni. in St. Louis, USA)
Jaime Sichman (Uni. of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Liz Sonenberg (Uni. Melbourne, Australia)
Takao Terano (Uni. of Tsukuba, Japan)
Klaus Troitzsch (Uni. of Koblenz, Germany)
Harko Verhagen (University Stockholm, Sweden)
Christophe Le page (CIRAD, France)

Workshop Webpage
----------------

Visit: http://cfpm.org/mabs2003 for updates and more information.

-- 
Olivier BARTHELEMY 
Centre for Policy Modelling, 
Manchester Metropolitan University, 
Aytoun Building, Aytoun Street 
Manchester M1 3GH, 
UNITED KINGDOM 
http://cfpm.org/~olivier
Phone: (44) 161 247 6481 

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