Call: Agent-Directed Simulation (ADS’14), a SIMULTECH 2014 special session

SIMULTECH 2014 Special Session on Agent-Directed Simulation (ADS’14)
Vienna, Austria
August 28-30, 2014

Manuscript Submission: June 23, 2014.

In conjunction with the 4th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications – SIMULTECH 2014, the special session on Agent-Directed Simulation (ADS’14) 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 ADS fills a gap in the agent community as well as the simulation community.

The purpose of the ADS special session 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 special session will bring together agent technologies, tools, toolkits, platforms, languages, methodologies, and applications in a pragmatic manner. In this special session, 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’14 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’14 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


Paper Submission: June 23, 2014
Authors Notification: July 7, 2014
Camera Ready and Registration: July 15, 2014


Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at:

Papers should be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system at:


All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book – under an ISBN reference and on CD-ROM support – and submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.

All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library ( SCITEPRESS is member of CrossRef (

Special Session Co-Chairs:

Levent Yilmaz, Auburn University
Tuncer Oren, University of Ottawa

Publicity Chair:

Yu Zhang, St. John’s University

Special Session Program Committee:

Fernando Barros, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Paul Davis, RAND and RAND Graduate School, USA
Julie Dugdale, Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble, France
Bernard Espinasse, Universit d’Aix-Marseille, France
Claudia Frydman, LSIS, France
Norbert Giambiasi, LSIS, France
Xiaolin Hu, Georgia State University, USA
C. Anthony Hunt, UCSF, USA
Andras Jvor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Glen Ropella, UCSF, USA
Charles Santoni, LSIS, France
Hessam Sarjoughian, Arizona State University, USA
Andreas Tolk, Old Dominion University, USA
Gabriel Wainer, Carleton University, Canada

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