Second International Workshop
Agent-Based Simulation & Cellular Automata
12th  International Conference on Cellular Automata for Research and Industry (ACRI 2016)
Fez (Morocco), September 8, 2016


Agent based approaches to the simulation of complex systems are nowadays very popular in different fields including urban planning, biology, social sciences and economics just to mention some significant examples. In many cases, models resulting from these research efforts include a representation of the environment in which agents are situated, other times the interactions among them can be characterised in terms of a (generally dynamic) network structure. 

These structures present a clear similarity to Cellular Automata or Automata Networks models. The latter, however, are characterized by a formal definition much more precisely constrained than agent based models and sometimes their application to specific simulations of complex systems pushes modelers to relax some of the fundamental constraints (e.g. synchronous cell update, uniform cell state and transition rule). 

This situation hinders the possibility to systematically compare and evaluate alternative approaches and, more generally, makes more difficult the communication and sharing of experiences, approaches and results. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers interested in clarifying the relationships between these approaches, bringing together experiences and insights both in terms of clarifications on the theoretical and formal differences and similarities among the approaches but also on the feedbacks from applications in different research areas that can represent a more pragmatic contribution. 

The workshop is addressed to both researchers active in the CA modeling and simulation application area, in domains even very far from computer science. However, also researchers analyzing fundamental aspects of CA models and the boundaries set by the formal constraints of the model are welcome. In addition to researchers traditionally already attending CA related events, this workshop aims at attracting researchers from disciplines like urban planning, biology, economics and social sciences that are interested in having a deeper understanding of the models they employ sometimes on daily basis.

View or download the call for papers.


Andreas Pyka,  institute of Economics: Innovation Economics University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart - GERMANY,,  
Giuseppe Vizzari Complex Systems and Artificial Intelligence Research Center, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano - ITALY, 
Jarosl‚àw Wàs,  Department of Applied Computer Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow - POLAND,

Program Committee (tbc)

Vincent Chevrier - Université de Lorraine - FRANCE
Jan Dijkstra - Eindhoven University of Technology - THE NETHERLANDS
Alexis Drogoul - IRD - FRANCE 
Guy Engelen - Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) - BelgiumBELGIUM
Nazim Fatés - LORIA, INRIA, Nancy - FRANCE
Rolf Hoffmann - Technische University Darmstadt - GERMANY 
Andrea Roli - Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna - ITALY
Leigh Tesfatsion - Iowa State University - USA
Paul Torrens - University of Maryland - USA 
Mirko Viroli - Alma Mater Studiorum - University  of Bologna - ITALY 
Roger White - Memorial University of Newfoundland - CANADA

Submission and publication

Authors are invited to submit papers according to two contribution categories -- full and short papers -- meant to provide a differentiation of the papers in terms of their length, depth and/or maturity. Papers must comply with the Springer-Verlag format and the maximum length of 5 and 10 pages for short and full contributions, respectively.

Every paper will be reviewed by two members of a Programme Committee that will include researchers active in CA and agent-based modeling and simulation researches, but also researchers from other disciplines like social sciences and economics, urban planning, biology. 

The electronic submission will be handled through the online web  submission system by clicking on the link.  

Accepted papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Selected papers will be considered for publication in a Special issue of an international journal. They will contain refereed extended/improved versions of selected papers presented at the ABSim&CA Workshop. 

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: April 10th, 2016
Notification of paper acceptance or rejection: May 10th, 2016
Final version of the paper for the proceedings: June 6th, 2016

Workshop contact person

Giuseppe Vizzari