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MABS 2021 : MABS2021: 22nd International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation


Conference Series : Multi-Agent Systems and Agent-Based Simulation
When May 3, 2021 - May 4, 2021
Where Online, London, UK
Submission Deadline Mar 15, 2021
Notification Due Apr 1, 2021
Final Version Due Apr 19, 2021
Categories    agent based modelling   agent based simulation   social simulation   simulation analytics

Call For Papers

MABS 2021 is part of the AAMAS 2021 conference taking place in London, UK on 3rd-7th of May 2021. The meeting of researchers from Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) engineering and the social, economic and organisational sciences is extensively recognised for its role in the cross-fertilisation of agent-technology applications in multiple domains, and it has undoubtedly been an important source of inspiration and helped develop a growing body of knowledge 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, organisational and social sciences in general. In all these areas, agent theories, metaphors, models, analysis, experimental designs, empirical studies, and methodological principles, all converge into the simulation as a way of achieving explanations and predictions, exploration and testing of hypotheses, better designs and systems and providing decision-support in a wide range of applications.

The range of technical themes and application domains that the MABS community have and continue to be involved in is quite diverse and extensive. We welcome submissions on papers relevant for the MABS community, with topics relevant to this workshop including, but not limited to, the following:

Simulation methodologies
standards for MABS
methodologies and simulation languages for MABS
simulation platforms and tools for MABS
visualisation and analytic tools
approaches for large-scale simulations and multi-level modelling
scalability and robustness in MABS
future challenges in MABS
Simulation of social, economic and organizational behaviour
formal and agent models of social, economic and organizational behaviour
cognitive organizations and social simulation
game theory and simulation
social structure, social networks and simulation of organisations
simulating social complexity (e.g. structures and norms, social order, emergence of cooperation and coordinated action, self-organisation, the micro-macro link)
Applications / Empirical work
MABS in environmental organizations
MABS and cloud computing
agent-based experimental economics
participative-based simulation
MABS and games
MABS in governance and policy-making
Data collection and use of data in MABS
Validation of MABS
Moreover, in this edition, we will encourage submissions that address the theme simulation analytics. In particular, we want to address new methods for sense-making from the results of large complex multi-agent simulations. These topics are important for the MAS/AI/machine learning communities and for economic/social/organizational scientists using simulations. If you are not sure if your work is suitable for MABS please feel free to get in touch with the organisers, providing a working title and short abstract.

The workshop will provide a forum for social scientists, MAS and AI researchers and developers, and simulation researchers to: (1) assess the current state of the art in the modelling and simulation of social systems and MAS, (2) identify where existing approaches can be successfully applied, (3) learn about new approaches and explore future research challenges, and (4) exchange ideas and knowledge in an inter-disciplinary environment and to help build new collaborations.

The workshop will be of interest to researchers engaged in modelling and in analysing multi-agent systems, and those interested in applying agent-based simulation techniques to real-world problems. In addition, it will attract researchers committed to cross-cutting research that is complementary to more orthodox modelling and simulation approaches.

MABS intends to be a place where researchers can exchange ideas about their work and we are looking forward to the community meeting once again in person. At the same time, we are also planning for the possibility that the global public health situation might require us to run the workshop as a partly or fully virtual event. In such a context, we will adapt the program and provide the tools so that researchers from all around the world can participate to the event. Even in an online workshop we will endeavor to create the space for informal exchange of ideas and to get to know each other, for example in panel discussions or digital break-out rooms on topics identified during the workshop by the participants.

Submissions are limited to 12 pages formatted according to the Springer LNCS and must be electronically submitted before the submission deadline through the workshop conference system, which is available at:

All contributions will be peer-reviewed by two or three independent PC members. The evaluation criteria of contributions will be based on originality, quality, clarity, and its relevance to the workshop.

All accepted papers will be printed in the AAMAS workshop proceedings. In addition, following the tradition of the previous MABS workshops, we intend to publish the accepted papers, after a further reviewing process, in Springer-Verlag's Multi-Agent-Based Simulation book series, LNAI.

Submission deadline: 15th of March 2021
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 1st of April 2021
Camera-ready submission deadline: 19th of April 2021
Workshop dates: 3rd or 4th of May 2021
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