Agents, Virtual Societies and Analytics
May 5th, 2014
Paris, France

Contact: klakkar@sandia.gov

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Feb. 14th, 2014

In conjunction with the 13th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2014)

Agent based models (ABMs) are a useful tool for modeling complex social systems that involve the interaction between internal, cognitive factors (e.g., attitudes, preferences), groups (e.g., peer pressure, social influence), and organizations (e.g., normative structures/ laws, etc). ABMs provide a way to model these complex, interacting, and dynamic factors.

However, calibration and validation of complex ABMs can be difficult, due to the need  for temporally extended, high resolution data. Research in this area has been constrained because of limitations in the types of data which are available to researchers. One of the main reasons for this is the difficulty of collecting real world data that can be used for validation. Virtual worlds offer us a way to circumnavigate this limitation. In this workshop, we will explore how data from games and virtual worlds (e.g., Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs)), can be used as a means of constructing, calibrating and validating agent based models.

The AI in games/computer games community has produced a rich body of work on two related problems: 1) creating realistic non-player characters (both individuals and groups) and 2) player modeling.  This workshop will serve as a meeting point between the two communities to discuss how game data can create more realistic agents and how agent architectures can be used to build better non-player characters.

Submissions are encouraged that explore:

* Modeling of behavior in games using agent based models.
* The dynamics of social phenomena within games (both qualitatively and quantitatively).
* Validation methods for agent based models that utilize game data.
* Novel agent models that can be informed by game data.
* Virtual agent testing in game environments.

We especially encourage contributions from the social sciences that can provide theoretical models and explantions for behavior within games.

For more information and any questions: contact Kiran Lakkaraju: klakkar@sandia.gov

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:
February 14th, 2014

Acceptance Notification:
February 26th, 2014

May 5th, 2014