Simulation Models of Social Agents

Call For Papers

Adaptive Behavior Journal

Special Issue on


Guest Editor: Kerstin Dautenhahn.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 1998

Adaptive Behavior is an international journal published by the International Society for Adaptive Behavior, Inc. (ISAB). Editor in Chief: Jean-Arcady Meyer.

This special issue encourages submissions on simulation models of social agents that draw inspiration from theories and mechanisms from ethology, population biology, economics, sociobiology and game theory, sociology, social sciences, anthropolopy, autopoietic theory, cybernetics and related fields which are concerned with analysis, modeling and simulation of groups of social agents.

"Social agents" here refer to both natural (biological) agents (e.g. humans and other animals), as well as artificial agents made of silicon and software. The term "agent" is meant as an entity with a certain degree of autonomy and (pro-) activeness in the way how it acts and interacts with its environment, which is inhabited by other agents of the same or similar kind. This includes virtual or software agents and physical artifacts, robots. We invite contributions which demonstrate computer simulations or hardware implementations which are modeling aspects of sociality that can be found in biological societies. Interesting levels of similarity between the biological model and the artifact might range from local mechanisms which are specifying how a single agent relates to other agents up to the formation and evolution of global temporal and/or spatial patterns of agent societies.

Relevant topics:

Submitted papers should be delivered by April 30, 1998. Authors intending to submit a manuscript are advised to contact the guest editor as soon as possible to discuss paper ideas and suitability for this issue. Use or tel: +44 (0) 118 931-6372 or - 8219 or fax: +44 (0) 118 931-8220.

Manuscripts should be typed or laser-printed in English (with American spelling preferred) and double-spaced. Both paper and electronic submission are possible. Copies of the complete Adaptive Behavior Instructions to Contributors are available from the Adaptive Behavior journal's home page .

For paper submissions, send five (5) copies of submitted papers (hard-copy only) to:

Kerstin Dautenhahn
Department of Cybernetics
University of Reading
Whiteknights, PO Box 225
Reading, RG6 6AY
United Kingdom

For electronic submissions (Postscript format) please contact Kerstin Dautenhahn for detailed instructions.

Kerstin Dautenhahn, 21/10/1998.