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Special Session
Special Session on
Agent-Directed Simulation
 - ADS 2014

28 - 30 August, 2014 - Vienna, Austria

Within the 4th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - SIMULTECH 2014



Tuncer Ören
University of Ottawa
Brief Bio
Tuncer Ören is a professor emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has been involved with simulation since 1965. His research interests include: (1) advancing modeling and simulation methodologies; (2) agent-directed simulation (full synergy of agents and simulation); (3) agents for cognitive and emotive simulations including representations of human personality, emotions, emotional intelligence, understanding, sources of misunderstanding and conflict; (4) reliability, quality assurance, failure avoidance, and ethics; as well as (5) body of knowledge and (6) terminology of modeling simulation. He has over 500 publications –some translated in Chinese, German and Turkish– including 40 books and proceedings. He has contributed to over 500 conferences and seminars held in 40 countries. He has been keynote or invited speaker, or honorary chair in about half of them. Dr. Ören has been recognized, by IBM Canada, as a pioneer of computing in Canada. He received "Information Age Award" from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and an Honor Award from the Language Association of Turkey. He was inducted to SCS Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame –Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a distinguished lecturer, a fellow as well as AVP for ethics of SCS. A book about him was edited by L. Yilmaz in 2015 (Concepts and Methodologies for Modeling and Simulation: A Tribute to Tuncer Ören, Springer.)
Levent Yilmaz
Auburn University
United States
Publicity Chair
Dr. Yu Zhang
Department of Computer Science, Trinity University


Agent-directed Simulation (ADS) is the premier platform to explore all three aspects of the synergy of simulation and agent technologies. The purpose of the ADS 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.

The ADS session will bring together agent technologies, tools, toolkits, platforms, languages, methodologies, and applications in a pragmatic manner. In this session, researchers, educators, and students are encouraged to come together and discuss the benefits of agent technology in their use and application for simulation.
The theme of the ADS session is based on the following observations:
• The growth of new advanced distributed computing standards is 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 domains. However, modeling and testing complex agent systems that are based on such 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.
The ADS session will provide a 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.

Program Topics
  • Theory/methodology:
    • High-level agent specification languages for modeling and simulation.
    • Agent programming and simulation modeling languages.
    • Distributed simulation for multi-agent systems.
    • Formal models of agents and agent societies.
    • Advanced agent features for agent-directed simulation: e.g.,
      • Holonic agents for cooperation and coopetition modeling and simulation.
      • Agents with personality, agents with dynamic personality, agents with emotions, agents having different types of intelligence such as emotional intelligence, agents with multi-intelligence.
      • Influence of cultural backgrounds in agent-directed simulation.
      • Agents with several types of understanding abilities such as multivision and switchable understanding abilities,
      • Trustworthy agents, and moral agents in simulation.
      • Agent-based simulation to monitor multi-simulation studies.
      • Agents in design and monitoring of simulation experiments and analysis of results.
      • Verification, validation, testing; quality assurance; as well as failure avoidance in agent-directed simulations.
  • Technology, tools, toolkits, and environments:
    • Agent infrastructures and supporting technologies (e.g., interoperability, agent-oriented software engineering environments).
    • Modeling, design, and simulation of agent systems based on service-oriented technologies, pervasive computing, web-services, grid computing, autonomic computing, ambient intelligence.
    • Agent architectures, platforms, and frameworks.
    • Standard APIs for agent simulation programming..
    • Applications:
      • Simulation modeling of agent technologies at the organization, interaction (e.g., communication, negotiation, coordination, collaboration) and agent level (e.g., deliberation, social agents, computational autonomy).
      • Application of agent simulations in various areas such as biology, business, commerce, economy, engineering, environment, individual, group, and organizational behavior, management, simulation gaming/training, social systems.
      • Conflict management simulation with holonic agents.
      • Modeling and simulation of emergence.
Special Session Program Committee

Fernando Barros, Universidade da Coimbra, Portugal
Julie Dugdale, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble, France
Claudia Frydman, Aix Marseille University, France
Norbert Giambiasi, Laboratory of Sciences of Informations and of Systems: LSIS, France
Xiaolin Hu, Georgia State University, United States
András Jávor, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
Hessam Sarjoughian, Arizona State University, United States
Andreas Tolk, MITRE Corporation, United States


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines and Templates.
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.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


SIMULTECH Special Sessions - ADS 2014