The 19th International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation | MABS 2018

Stockholm, Sweden | July 14, 2018

MABS 2018 is part of the Federated AI Meeting (FAIM) that takes place in Stockholm July 9-19, which includes  the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), the 35th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), the 27th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) and the 23rd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI).


The meeting of researchers from Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) engineering and the social/economic/organisational sciences is extensively recognised for its role in cross-fertilisation, and it has undoubtedly been an important source of inspiration for the body of knowledge that has been produced in the MAS area. The MABS workshop series continues with its goal to bring together researchers interested in MAS engineering, with researchers focused on finding efficient solutions to model complex social systems, in such areas as economics, management, organisational and social sciences in general. In all these areas, agent theories, metaphors, models, analysis, experimental designs, empirical studies, and methodological principles, all converge into simulation as a way of achieving explanations and predictions, exploration and testing of hypotheses, better designs and systems. The range of technical issues that MABS has and continues to deal with is diverse and extensive, and includes:

Simulation methodology, e.g.:
–   Standards for MABS
–   Methodologies and simulation languages for MABS
–   Simulation platforms and tools for MABS
–   Visualisation and analytic tools
–   Scalability and robustness in MABS

Simulation of social and intelligent behaviour, e.g.:
–   Formal and agent models of social behaviour
–   Cognitive modelling and simulation
–   Game theory and simulation
–   Social structure: social networks and simulating organisations
–   Simulating social complexity, e.g. structures and norms, social order, emergence of cooperation and coordinated action, self-organisation, self-regulation, and the micro-macro link

Applications, e.g.:
–   MABS in environmental modelling
–   Agent-based experimental economics
–   Participative-based simulation
–   MABS and games
–   MABS in governance and policy-making

Moreover, in this edition, we will encourage submissions that address the simulation of learning and other intelligent behaviour, as well as how data mining can be used to build MABS models from social big data.

More information about the MABS series is available at


The workshop will provide a forum for social scientists, MAS and AI researchers and developers, and simulation researchers, (1) to assess the current state of the art in the modelling and simulation of social systems and MAS, (2) to identify where existing approaches can be successfully applied, (3) to learn about new approaches and explore future research challenges, and (4) to exchange ideas and knowledge in an inter-disciplinary environment.

The workshop will be of interest to researchers engaged in modelling and in analysing multi-agent systems, and those interested in applying agent-based simulation techniques to real-world problems. In addition, it will attract researchers committed to cross-cutting research that is complementary to more orthodox modelling approaches.


Submission deadline: April 25, 2018
Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 15, 2018
Camera-ready submission deadline: June 10, 2018
Workshop dates: July 14, 2018


Papers are limited to 12 pages formatted according to the Springer LNCS and must be electronically submitted before the submission deadline through the workshop conference system, which is available at

All contributions will be peer-reviewed by two or three independent PC members. The evaluation criteria of contributions will be based on originality, quality, clarity, and its relevance to the workshop’s aims.


July 14, 2018

8:00-8:30: Registration


Invited talk: Koen H. Van Dam (Imperial Collage, London)
Combining agent-based simulation of infrastructure systems with optimisation models for decision-support in energy, transport and water sectors

Gabriel Santos, Tiago Pinto and Zita Vale
Multi-Agent Systems Society for Power and Energy Systems Simulation

10:00-10:30: Coffee break


James Archbold and Nathan Griffiths
Indirect Influence Manipulation with Partially Observable Networks          

André Jalbut and Jaime Sichman
Impact of Trust on Agent-Based Simulation for Supply Chains

Tahina Ralitera, Denis Payet, Nathan Aky and Rémy Courdier
The Temporality Model Time Scheduling Approach: A Practical Application

Sean Luke, Robert Simon, Andrew Crooks, Haoliang Wang, Ermo Wei, David Freelan, Carmine Spagnuolo, Vittorio Scarano, Gennaro Cordasco and Claudio Cioffi-Revilla
The MASON Simulation Toolkit: Past, Present, and Future

12:30-14:00: Lunch break


Martin Mocko and Jakub Ševcech
Multi-Agent Simulation of Bank Transaction Data for Money-Laundering Detection

Nuno Trindade Magessi and Luís Antunes
American vs German Teams: The case of human resources consumption

Doryan Kaced, Romain Mejean, Aurélien Richa, Benoit Gaudou and Mehdi Saqalli
APASHAMAMA: An agricultural process-driven agent-based model of the Ecuadorian Amazon

15:30-16:00: Coffee break


Akira Tsurushima
Modeling herd behavior caused by evacuation decision making using response threshold

Amir Hosein Afshar Sedigh, Christopher K Frantz, Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu, Martin K Purvis and Maryam A Purvis
A Comparison of Two Historical Trader Societies – An Agent-Based Simulation Study of English East India Company and New-Julfa

Invited talk: Bruce Edmonds
Mixing ABM and Policy – What on earth could go wrong?



All accepted papers will be included in the AAMAS 2018 workshop proceedings, provided that at least one author attends the workshop. In addition, revised selected papers will be published as a post-proceedings in the Multi-Agent-Based Simulation book series, LNAI (Lecture Notes in Computer Science,


Paul Davidsson (Malmö University, Sweden)
Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University, Sweden)


Diana Adamatti (FURG, Brazil)
Frederic Amblard (Université Toulouse 1, France)
Luis Antunes (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Joao Balsa (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
Federico Bianchi (University of Bresica, Italy)
Tibor Bosse (Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Cristiano Castelfranchi (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Sung-Bae Cho (Yonsei University, Korea)
Helder Coelho (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Paul Davidsson (Malmö University, Sweden) – chair
Frank Dignum (Utrecht, the Nethelands)
Virginia Dignum (TU Delft, the Netherlands)
Graçaliz P. Dimuro (FURG, Brazil)
Bruce Edmonds (Centre for Policy Modelling, UK)
Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, UK)
William Griffin (Arizona State University, USA)
Laszlo Gulyas (AITIA International Informatics Inc.)
Rainer Hegselmann (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
Marco Janssen (Arizona State University, USA)
William Kennedy (George Mason University, USA)
Ruth Meyer (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
John Murphy (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
Jean-Pierre Muller (CIRAD, France)
Luis Gustavo Nardin (Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany)
Paulo Novais (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Emma Norling (University of Sheffield, UK)
Juan Pavón (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
Mario Paolucci (ISTC-CNR, Italy)
Gary Polhill (James Hutton Institute, UK)
William Rand (University of Maryland, USA)
Juliette Rouchier (Greqam/CNRS), France)
Jaime Sichman (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Klaus Troitzsch (University of Koblenz, Germany)
Natalie Van Der Wal (Vrije University Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University, Sweden) – chair


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