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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue on agent-based modelling, socio-technical systems, public policy, sustainability

Special issue of AI & Society journal published by Springer

Special Issue Theme and Topics of Interest


Socio-technical systems are complex adaptive entities in which social systems and technologies 
co-evolve.  To attain policy goals in such an environment, social and technical elements must be 
put to use in a combined way, and in order to understand, analyze and design such complex combined 
systems, advanced tools are required.  One of the major tools for understanding socio-technical 
systems is agent-based modelling.  In recent years, social scientists from all domains, including 
economists, political scientists and sociologists, together with policy makers, have been using 
agent-based models to develop a better understanding of their problem domains and make better 

The theme of this special issue of AI & Society is agent-related research for policy domains.  
Relevant are agent-based approaches to topics in policy analysis, and integration of policies 
within agent systems.  The special issue is motivated by the AMPLE workshop held at the ECAI 2012 
conference (http://ample2012.tudelft.nl).  By gathering different perspectives, the special issue 
aims to explore how agent-oriented research can be used or improved to assist policy making in the 
social sciences.  Multi-disciplinary submissions are especially welcomed.

Topics of particular interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to:

* Rich cognitive agent models for policy design and analysis

* Agent-oriented models for decision support: 

    + Social networks: influence in decision making; representation; models for simulation

    + Culture and social norms: influence in decision making; representation; models for simulation

    + Participatory design for sustainable policies

    + Integration of normative and social aspects 

* Agent-based models and approaches for sustainability issues in public and private policy

* Formal methods for specifying policies in coordination and organizational structures

* Models for verification, validation and visualization of simulations for policy analysis

* Tools and methods for implementing policies in agent-based systems

* Connection of tools and methods for policy analysis (agent-based modelling, game theory, gaming, 
system dynamics)

About the Journal AI & Society


AI & Society: Knowledge, Culture and Communication, is an international journal, publishing 
refereed scholarly articles, position papers, debates, short communications and reviews of books 
and other publications.  Established in 1987, the journal focuses on the issues of policy, design 
and management of information, communications and new media technologies, with a particular 
emphasis on cultural, social, cognitive, economic, ethical and philosophical implications.  
Rather than concentrate on technical aspects of information and communication systems, the 
journal emphasizes the need to understand the potential and consequences of using these powerful 

Publisher: Springer

Submission Process


Prospective authors are invited to prepare full papers according to the prescribed format: 

Submissions are made online: http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ample2012

Selected authors with an accepted paper in the AMPLE workshop at ECAI 2012 are requested to submit 
expanded and revised version of their papers, taking into full account the reviewers' comments and 
the discussion held during the workshop.

Guest Editors:

* Francien Dechesne, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, f.dechesne@tudelft.nl

* Amineh Ghorbani, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, a.ghorbani@tudelft.nl

* Tony Savarimuthu, University of Otago, New Zealand, tony.savarimuthu@otago.ac.nz

* Neil Yorke-Smith, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, nysmith@aub.edu.lb

We encourage potential authors to contact the editors to express their intention to submit a 
manuscript for the special issue, or for any questions they might have regarding scope. 

Note: The journal not does impose an upper limit on the length of submissions, but submissions 
should be concise, with length appropriate for their content.


Important Dates


Paper Submission: 1 March 2013

Notification: 15 May 2013

Camera-ready submission: 31 July 2013

Target publication date: Winter 2014