Agent-Based Modelling Methodologies and Application
Mini track Call for Papers:
Agent-Based Modelling Methodologies and Applications
Associate Professor Kevin Voges, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Papers exploring both the theoretical and practical applications of agent-based modelling are sought from both academics and practitioners. Papers demonstrating practical applications are particularly welcome.
Traditional models of employee and consumer behaviour often employ techniques that analyse aggregated variables such as attitudes and intentions. However the top-down approach of these traditional methods cannot deal with key factors influencing behaviour, such as the role of social networks in propagating attitudes. New modelling methodologies, based on developments in computational-based disciplines, have become available in the last few decades in an attempt to deal with these limitations.
One such methodology is agent-based modelling, where the dynamic nature of individuals can be incorporated into any models developed. An agent is a software entity that is situated in an environment and is able to sense the characteristics of that environment (including other agents) and act autonomously within it. Agent-based modelling uses these agents as the basic entities in an artificial social system in which the agents interact with each other and the environment in reasonably realistic ways, such as monitoring and communicating with other agents and achieving goals.
This mini track will explore the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of agent based modelling in a variety of management settings. Possible topics include:
Artificial societies, economies, markets, and social simulation
Simulation techniques, tools and environments
Agent behaviours – planning, reasoning, cognitive models, knowledge representation, belief revision, bounded rationality,
Social behaviours – communication, game theory, social choice theory, auctions, bargaining, negotiation
Applications of agent-based modelling methodologies