Call: Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium (ADS’11)


Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium (ADS’11)
Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, Boston, MA, USA
April 4-9, 2011

Manuscript Submission: October 31, 2010.

Sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS).

As part of the 2011 Spring Simulation Multi-conference (SpringSim’11; the 2011 Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium is a premier platform to explore all three aspects of the synergy of simulation and agent technologies. Hence, it has a special place within simulation and agent conferences, including agent-based (social) simulation conferences. Therefore the ADS symposium fills a gap in the agent community as well as the simulation community.

The purpose of the ADS symposium is to facilitate dissemination of the most recent advancements in the theory, methodology, application, and toolkits of agent-directed simulation. Agent-directed simulation is comprehensive in the integration of agent and simulation technologies, by including models that use agents to develop domain-specific simulations, i.e., agent simulation (this is often referred to as agent-based simulation -when other two important aspects are not considered), and by also including the use of agent technology to develop simulation techniques and toolkits that are subsequently applied, either with or without agents.

Hence, agent-directed simulation consists of three distinct, yet related areas that can be grouped under two categories as follows: 

  1. Simulation for Agents (agent simulation): simulation of agent systems in engineering, human and social dynamics, military applications etc.
  2. Agents for Simulation (which has two aspects): agent-supported simulation deals with the use of agents as a support facility to enable computer assistance in problem solving or enhancing cognitive capabilities; and agent-based simulation that focuses on the use of agents for the generation of model behavior in a simulation study.

Through the theme of agent-directed simulation, the symposium will bring together agent technologies, tools, toolkits, platforms, languages, methodologies, and applications in a pragmatic manner. In this symposium, established researchers, educators, and students are encouraged to come together and discuss the benefits of agent technology in their use and application for simulation. It is a way for people to discuss why and how they have used agent technology in their simulations, and describe the benefit of having done so.

The theme of ADS’11 is based on the observation of the following premises. 

  • The growth of new advanced distributed computing standards along with the rapid rise of e-commerce are providing a new context that acts as a critical driver for the development of next generation systems. These standards revolve around service-oriented technologies, pervasive computing, web-services, Grid, autonomic computing, ambient intelligence etc. The supporting role that intelligent agents play in the development of such systems is becoming pervasive, and simulation plays a critical role in the analysis and design of such systems.
  • The use of emergent agent technologies at the organization, interaction (e.g., coordination, negotiation, communication) and agent levels (i.e. reasoning, autonomy) are expected to advance the state of the art in various application technologies is difficult. Using agent-supported simulation techniques for testing complex agent systems is up and coming field.
  • To facilitate bridging the gap between research and application, there is a need for tools, agent programming languages, and methodologies to analyze, design, and implement complex, non-trivial agent-based simulations. Existing agent-based simulation tools are still not mature enough to enable developing agents with varying degrees cognitive and reasoning capabilities.

ADS 2011 will provide a leading forum to bring together researchers and practitioners from diverse simulation societies within computer science, social sciences, engineering, business, education, human factors, and systems engineering. The involvement of various agent-directed simulation groups will enable the cross-fertilization of ideas and development of new perspectives by fostering novel advanced solutions, as well as enabling technologies for agent-directed simulation


  • Technical papers provide a longer format for presenting experience reports, research results, or descriptions of “work in progress”. They are limited to 8 pages.
  • Short position papers are targeted at raising a question or framing an issue for discussion during the symposium. Position papers are limited to 3 pages.
  • Poster presentations present an opportunity to present work in progress and receive feedback from colleagues. A one page write-up of the poster presentations will be included in the proceedings.

Formatting guidelines and author instructions are available at

Papers should be submitted electronically to

All papers will be subject to a peer-reviewing process by three program committee members. (Please see the key dates listed below)


All prospective authors, whose papers are accepted for inclusion in the program, will be invited to submit their position or technical papers to ADS’11. Accepted and registered papers will be published in the conference proceedings by the SCS. The committee will select a set of best papers. Authors of these papers will be encouraged to submit appropriately expanded versions of these papers for journal publication.


Oct 31, 2010: Manuscript submission
Dec 30, 2010: Notification of acceptance
Jan 20, 2011: Full Camera-ready papers
Apr 4-9, 2011: ADS’11 Symposium along with SpringSim’11 Conference

General Co-Chairs

Levent Yilmaz, Auburn University
Tuncer Oren, University of Ottawa

Program Co-Chairs

Gregory Madey, University of Notre Dame
Maarten Sierhuis, Carnegie Mellon University, NASA Ames
Research Center Yu Zhang, Trinity University

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