In conjunction with AAMAS 2013 (Twelfth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA 6-7 May 2013


  • April 2014: Post-proceedings now available as LNAI volume 8235
  • on SpringerLink
  • The schedule for the MABS 2013 post-proceedings will be announced in July this year.
  • Dr. Charles M. Macal of the Argonne National Laboratory gave this year's MABS 2013 keynote talk 'On Validating Multi-Agent System Applications' [Talk]
  • Workshop program and accepted papers posted.
  • Round table discussion (Monday, May 6 at 4.30 pm)


The 2013 Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS) workshop is the fourteenth of a series that began in 1998 ( Its scientific focus lies in the confluence of social sciences and multi-agent systems, with a strong application/empirical vein, and its emphasis is stressed on (i) exploratory agent based simulation as a principled way of undertaking scientific research in the social sciences and (ii) using social theories as an inspiration to new frameworks and developments in multi-agent systems.

Aims and scope

The meeting of researchers from MAS engineering and the social/economic/organizational sciences is extensively recognized for its role in cross-fertilization, and has undoubtedly been an important source of inspiration for the body of knowledge that has been produced in the MAS area. Multi-Agent Based Simulation (MABS) is a vibrant inter-disciplinary area which brings together researchers within the agent-based social simulation community (ABSS) and the Multiagent Systems community (MAS).

The focus of ABSS is on simulating and organization social behaviours in order to understand real social systems via the development and testing of new concepts. The focus of MAS is on the solution of hard engineering problems related to the construction, deployment and efficient operation of multiagent systems. The range of technical issues that MABS has dealt with, and continues to deal with, is quite diverse and extensive.

Topics of interest include:

The range of technical issues that MABS has dealt with and continues to deal with is diverse and extensive and includes:

Simulation methodologies:

- standards for MABS

- methodologies and simulation languages for MABS

- simulation platforms and tools for MABS

- visualization and analytic tools

- approaches for large-scale simulations

- scalability and robustness in MABS

Simulation of social and economic behavior:

- formal and agent models of social behavior

- cognitive modeling and social simulation

- game theory and simulation

- social structure: social networks and simulating organizations

- simulating social complexity (e.g., structures and norms, social order, emergence of cooperation and coordinated action, self-organization, the micro-macro link)


- MABS in environmental modeling

- agent-based experimental economics

- participative-based simulation

- MABS and games

In addition to the above topics, we are also interested in submissions that address issues that have attracted MABS researchers in the recent years such as,

- Data driven simulations

- MABS that link real-world data in real time

- Provenance and ontology-driven approaches in building simulations

- Use of qualitative Evidence to inform behavioral rules

- Design and analysis of simulation experiments including uncertainty analysis

- Handling Big Data in MABS including sense-making

Important dates

February 10, 2013 - Deadline for paper submission.

March 1, 2013 - Acceptance or rejection notification is sent to authors.

March 11, 2013 - Deadline for authors sending their revised contribution, according to reviewers’ remarks.

May 6-7, 2013 - MABS 2013 workshop takes place.


All accepted papers will be printed in the AAMAS 2013 workshop proceedings. In addition, following the tradition of the previous MABS workshops, we intend to publish the accepted papers, after a further reviewing process, in Springer-Verlag's Multi-Agent-Based Simulation book series, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence.

The preliminary schedule for the post-proceedings process is the following:

Second reviewing: October 2013

Revised camera-ready papers: October 2013

Publication of the post-proceedings: December 2013