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CFP: M2M2007

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Gary Polhill <[log in to unmask]>

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Call for Papers: M2M 2007     
=========================

Third International Model-to-Model Workshop in Computational Social
Science/Social Simulation

Marseille, France, 15-16 March, 2007


"How can we accumulate knowledge produced by multi-agent social
simulations?" This is a central question among researchers using
Multi-Agent-Based Simulations (MABS) for analyzing social
systems. This issue is directly linked to the issue of evaluation and
comparison of MABS models: once it is possible to see how two models
can interact with, confirm, or contradict each other, it is possible
to evaluate and express clearly what each simulation model adds to a
body of knowledge.
 
At the moment, all too often models are very complex, ad hoc, and
stand on their own, which makes comparison and reuse in further
analysis difficult. Only a few researchers really care about the
transferability of their artificial world, explaining clearly the
limits of applicability of their model, and the context in which
structural properties can be considered as true. The M2M meetings are
intended to exploit the power of comparative methodology to advance
computational social science.


Aims
====

To increase communication among modellers, this workshop series was
launched some years ago, in 2003: M2M ('model-to-model'), the specific
aim of which was to sustain the development of techniques for
comparing models used in social simulations or computational social
science. Several approaches were proposed and followed by modellers,
during the two meetings that have taken place so far, summarised by
Hales et al. (2003 [http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/6/4/5.html]) thus:

"There are quite a number of ways that models can be compared,
including:

*	Rewriting models that others have described in papers so as to
	understand them	more deeply and reproduce the stated results;

*	Composing models where different scales are inter-related in a
	larger model - the results of one model being used in the other;

*	Comparing different models that announce the same type of results
	and trying to see if they actually produce similar (or the same)
	results--sometimes termed 'aligning' of models;

*	Comparing different models based on their fitness with respect
	to a set of data;

*	Using one model as a post-hoc summary or abstraction of another
	model's results; thus constraining the scope of an existing
	model to enable more powerful techniques to be applied in a
	different computational framework; or

*	Using models with different structures and assumptions to
	confirm each other's results."

All these comparative strategies are aimed at advancing our knowledge
of social complexity through MABS and related models.

Following the first M2M, a special issue of the Journal of Artificial
Societies and Social Simulation gathered six papers on the topic
(JASSS, 2003, vol. 6, no. 4
[http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/6/4/contents.html]). Replication,
docking, aligning and comparison to perfect rationality models were
developed.  As expressed in the special issue introduction, a number
of "open issues" were identified by the participants. These included:

*	Could a "typology" of MABS be produced? 

*	Would a "taxonomy" be possible and useful? 

*	Can further "abstract classes" of models be identified and related
	to existing models? 

*	Should such classes be formally specified? And, if so, how?

*	Will different researchers agree on abstracted classes and who's
	going to do all the work? 

It is certainly clear that there is currently nothing close to a
common framework in MABS, so any progress is to be welcomed.

MABS can be used to better understand earlier (more traditional and
more empirically validated) models by implementing agents following
such models but relaxing previous constraints (such as agent
homogeneity). There was a strong belief (Moss, 1999
[http://cfpm.org/cpmrep56.html]) that it would be useful to integrate
or align coarse and fine-grain models when scaling up to more complex
cases. More generally, there is no such thing as a heuristic or
methodology for model alignment--currently it is a bit of a 'black
art' but perhaps a more structured approach can be outlined. Even if
under some conditions models are found to converge it is also of
interest (perhaps even greater interest) to identify the conditions
under which models don't agree. It is currently unclear as to how one
would go about achieving this. It is generally agreed that replication
or docking of MABS models is a worthwhile exercise for increasing
confidence and understanding (Ramanath & Gilbert, 2004
[http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/7/4/1.html]). We expect that in the
not-too-distant future the understanding of the role of replication in
increasing knowledge will have improved greatly.

The aim of the workshop is to increase discussions on the topic of
comparing social simulation models, including replication and
transferability, and propose new techniques and results concerning the
comparison of models. This of course can include new approaches that
were not developed in previous M2M workshops, including more formal
analyses of agent based models.

Presentations will be 35 to 45 minutes in length, plus time for
discussions.


Topics
======

Topics of interest of the workshop include diverse themes concerning
model comparison and model communication:

- Side-by-side comparison of models
- Replication of models
- Transferability of results
- Standard computational model (e.g., test-bed) for model comparison
- Evaluation criteria for model comparison (e.g. scales for comparing
  models)
- Methodologies and techniques for model comparison or use of several
  joint models
- Building bridges between different scales or different approaches
  on rationality; analysis of this link
- Validation obtained through the use of several models in parallel


Dates
=====

Submission deadline:				30 October 2006
Notification of acceptance:			31 December 2006
Early registration deadline:			To be confirmed
Final pre-workshop version deadline:		1 February 2007
Late registration deadline:			To be confirmed
Workshop event:				15-16 March 2007


Submission
==========

Any paper submitted to M2M 2007 should describe at least one
multi-agent model in some detail. If a comparison is being made, at
least one of the models being compared should be a multi-agent model.

Papers should be submitted to the M2M 2007 submission email address
[m2m at cas dot dis dot titech dot ac dot jp] by 30 October 2006 using
a PDF of no more than 20 pages in length created from one of the
templates available on the website, or otherwise formatted with page
margins at 3cm (top and bottom) and 2cm (left and right), a 12 point
serif font for body text, and Dewey numbered section and sub-section
headings in 14 point bold sans-serif font. The 20 page limit includes
figures, tables, bibliography, and a suggested five-page appendix for
model description. JASSS-style references
[http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/admin/submit.html] should be used. The
main document should begin with a title in 16 pt bold sans-serif font,
followed by an abstract of no more than 200 words with a 2cm left and
right indent in 12 point serif font. The abstract should be followed
by a line (not indented) containing a few keywords, followed by the
first section heading. Figures should be placed in the document, and
followed by a numbered caption. Paragraphs should be separated by a 12
point gap. A cover page, not included in the page limit, should
contain the title and author contact information, such that the main
paper text should be anonymous for referee purposes.


Publication
===========

All accepted papers will be published in a workshop notebook and
distributed among participants during the workshop. As in the first
workshop, the organizers plan to publish revised selected papers from
M2M 2007 in JASSS [http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/] following the
normal peer-review process.

Second reviewing starts               	 1 April 2007


Location
========

The third M2M (M2M 2007) will be held in Marseille in La vieille
Charite in Spring 2007.


Organisation
============

Local organisation chair

Juliette Rouchier		(Greqam-CNRS, France) 
		
Programme committee

Claudio Cioffi-Revilla	(George Mason University, USA) 
Gary Polhill		(Macaulay Institute, UK)
Keiki Takadama		(The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)

Scientific committee

Frederic Amblard	(University of Toulouse, France)
Francois Bousquet	(CIRAD, France)
Paul Davidsson		(Gary Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden)
Guillaume Deffuant	(Cemagref, France)
Bruce Edmonds		(Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Margaret Edwards	(University of Lyon, France)
Andreas Flache		(University of Groningen, Holland) 
Nick Gotts		(Macaulay Institute, UK)
David Hales		(University of Bologna, Italy)
Marco Janssen		(Arizona State University, USA)
J?rgen Kluever		(University of Essen, Germany)
Mario Paolucci		(Institute of Cognitive Sciences & Technologies, Italy)
Desmond Saunders-Newton	(BAE Systems AIT, USA)
Christina Stoica		(University of Essen, Germany)


Contact
=======

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Keiki Takadama [m2m-staff at
cas dot dis dot titech dot ac dot jp], Claudio Cioffi-Revilla [ccioffi
at gmu dot edu], and Gary Polhill [g dot polhill at macaulay dot ac
dot uk].


Links
=====

M2M 31 March-1 April 2003 [http://cfpm.org/m2m/]

M2M2 16-19 September 2004 [http://www.insisoc.org/ESSA04/M2M2.htm]

M2M2007 15-16 March 2007  [http://m2m2007.macaulay.ac.uk/]




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