[ecoop-info] 2nd Call for MASW13: Multilevel Agent-based Simulation of Smart Cities

Stéphane GALLAND stephane.galland at utbm.fr
Mon Nov 19 09:58:44 CET 2012

Apologizes for multiple receptions. 

                    First International Workshop on

           Multi-level Agent-Based Simulation of Smart Cities

                              (MASW 2013)

                      In conjunction with ANT2013

                           June, 2013, Canada


The modeling of smart cities is of great theoretical and practical
interest. In the past two-decade research from a broad range of fields
such as computer graphics, physics, robotics, energy, social science,
safety science and training systems has created simulations involving
collections of elements immersed in smart cities (individuals or
devices). Two major kinds of simulations may typically be distinguished
depending on whether they seek to achieve: a high-level of realism of
behavior (safety simulation, social sciences, energy...) or high-quality
visualization (movie productions, computer games, virtual reality).
Within the first category, simulation results are generally consistent
with observations of real components and individuals and can therefore
serve as a basis for theoretical studies for the evaluation and
prediction of the system behavior. In the second area, behavior models
are not the priority and do not match quantitatively the real worlds.
For example, pedestrians are fully animated 3D characters and
application users may have a high degree of interaction with the
simulation. Recent research and applications tend to unify these two
areas, especially in the domain of training systems where both aspects
are necessary for an effective training and evaluation.

Many works have been devoted to the study of collective behaviors and
their inherent emergent properties such as spontaneous organizations of
pedestrians into lines, oscillations at gates, etc. Among all the
existing approaches in simulation, those offering the highest level of
realism in behavior are microscopic approaches because they explicitly
attempt to model the features that take part in the expression of
specific behaviors of individuals. Agent-Based Simulations (ABS) are one
of the approaches to support micro-simulation. ABS principle relies upon
a set of autonomous agents, which encapsulate the behaviors of
individual entities (pedestrians, vehicles, devices...) Agent-based
modeling allows complex behaviors of various interacting entities to
emerge from a set of simpler behaviors. Phenomena such as flocks of
birds, schools of fish and crowds are good examples of how systems with
simple goals can exhibit emergent behaviors as the result of the
interactions between the individuals. Moreover, in contrast to other
micro-simulation techniques, ABS allows to catch the variety of
behaviors composing a real system easily. ABS has proven to be well
suited for the simulation of situations where there is a large number of
heterogeneous individuals who may behave somewhat differently.

However, as soon as we consider a micro-simulation of several agents and
their relationships, the complexity of the system and associated
computational costs increase. We are therefore faced a dilemma common in
the field of simulation: to manage a compromise between performance and
accuracy. Multi-level models are an interesting direction of exploration
to obtain accurate and efficient models for the simulation of the
individuals in complex systems such as smart cities.

MASW13 will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (25-28 June 2013) in
conjunction with the 4th International Conference on Ambient Systems,
Networks, and Technologies (ANT 2013).


      * Methods and Models:
      * Agent based Multi-level Simulation
      * Holonic models
      * Agent based Simulation of large scale urban systems
      * Agent oriented analysis and design methods
      * Ontologies and theories about large urban systems
      * Smart city models
      * Formal models of agent-based multi-level simulation
      * Organizational applications of agent use in multi-level
      * Implementation of multi-level systems:
      * Agent-oriented architecture for multi-level simulation
      * Architectures and platforms for agent-based multi-level
      * Architectures and platforms for agent-based traffic simulation
      * 3D and virtual reality agents
      * Practical application examples


All workshop accepted papers will be included in the conference
proceeding published by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia
Computer Science series on-line.

The submitted paper must be formatted according to the guidelines of
Procedia Computer Science, Elsevier
( http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/719435/description#description  ), not exceeding 6 pages in length, in two-column format including diagrams and references, and following the Procedia Computer Science guidelines. Papers that do not follow these guidelines may be rejected without consideration of their merits. 

All papers will be reviewed by at least two Program Committee members on
the basis of technical quality, originality, clarity, and relevance to
the track topics listed below. At least one author of each paper must
attend the workshop to present the paper. 


      * Submission deadline: December 8, 2012 
      * Notification: February 8, 2013 
      * Final date for camera-ready copy: March 15, 2013 
      * Workshop: June 25-28, 2013 


      * Frédéric AMBLARD (IRIT, France)
      * Fabio CARRERA (WPI, USA)
      * Virginia DIGNUM (ICS, The Netherlands) 
      * Alexis DROGOUL (IRD, Vietnam) 
      * Giancarlo FORTINO (University of Calabria, Italy)
      * Marie-Pierre GLEIZES (IRIT, France)
      * Tom HOLVOET (CUL, Belgium)
      * Davy JANSSENS (IMOB, Belgium)
      * Abderrafiaa KOUKAM (IRTES-SET, France) 
      * René MANDIAU (LAMIH, France) 
      * Fabien MICHEL (LIRMM, France)
      * Gildas MORVAN (LGI2A, France)
      * Kai NAGEL (VSP, Germany)
      * Andrea OMICINI (University of Gologna, Italy)
      * Juan PAVON (University of Madrid, Spain)
      * Michael SCHUMACHER (HEVS, Switzerland) 
      * Joan SERRAS (CASA, United Kingdom)
      * Danny WEYNS (University of Linnaeus, Sweden) 
      * Ansar YASSAR (IMOB, Belgium) 


Please visit: http://cs-conferences.acadiau.ca/ant-13/#registration for
more information. 


Please visit: http://cs-conferences.acadiau.ca/ant-13/#conferenceVenue
for more information. 


Dr. Stéphane GALLAND


Laboratoire Systèmes et Transports 

Université de Technologie de

Montbéliard, France 

stephane.galland at utbm.fr 

Dr Sebastian RODRIGUEZ


Centro de Investigación de

Avanzadas de Tucumán 

Universidad Technologica National,
Facultad Regional Tucumán, Argentina

sebastian.rodriguez at citat.org.ar 

Pr Vincent HILAIRE


Laboratoire Systèmes et Transports 

Université de Technologie de

Montbéliard, France 

vincent.hilaire at utbm.fr 

Dr Nicolas GAUD


Laboratoire Systèmes et Transports 

Université de Technologie de

Montbéliard, France 

nicolas.gaud at utbm.fr 

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