First International Workshop on Agent-based Modeling and Simulation of Cities (AgentCities14)

In conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks, and Technologies ANT 2014

2-5 June, 2014, Hasselt, Belgium.


The modeling of the dynamics of the cities and their population is of great theoretical and practical interest. In the past two-decade research from a broad range of fields such as computer graphics, physics, robotics, energy, social science, safety science and training systems has created simulations involving collections of elements (individuals or devices) immersed in cities. Many works have been devoted to the study of collective behaviors and their inherent emergent properties such as spontaneous organizations of pedestrians into lines, oscillations at gates, etc. Among all the existing approaches in simulation, those offering the highest level of realism in behavior are microscopic approaches because they explicitly attempt to model the features that take part in the expression of specific behaviors of individuals. Agent-Based Simulations (ABS) are one of the approaches to support micro-simulation. ABS principle relies upon a set of autonomous agents, which encapsulate the behaviors of individual entities (pedestrians, vehicles, devices...) Agent-based modeling allows complex behaviors of various interacting entities to emerge from a set of simpler behaviors. Phenomena such as flocks of birds, schools of fish and crowds are good examples of how systems with simple goals can exhibit emergent behaviors as the result of the interactions between the individuals. Moreover, in contrast to other micro-simulation techniques, ABS allows to catch the variety of behaviors composing a real system easily. ABS has proven to be well suited for the simulation of situations where there is a large number of heterogeneous individuals who may behave somewhat differently. However, as soon as we consider a micro-simulation of several agents and their relationships, the complexity of the system and associated computational costs increase. We are therefore faced a dilemma common in the field of simulation: to manage a compromise between performance and accuracy. The goal of AgentCities is to provides a place where the different points of view on the modeling and the simulation of the city's dynamics may be discussed. A particular focus is made on agent-based models. The accepted application domains are various, from crowds, to smart grid, include transport and traffic models. AgentCities14 will be held in Hasselt, Belgium (2-5 June 2014) in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks, and Technologies (ANT 2014).


  • Methods and Models:
    • Agent based Modeling and Simulation
    • Holonic models
    • Agent based Simulation of large scale urban systems
    • Agent oriented analysis and design methods
    • Ontologies and theories about large urban systems
    • Smart city models
    • Formal models of agent-based simulation
    • Organizational models
  • Applications:
    • Traffic/Transport
    • Crowds
    • Smard grids and smart buildings
    • Land-Use

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: February 15, 2014 / February 2, 2014
  • Notification: March 10, 2014
  • Final date for camera-ready copy: April 4, 2014
  • Workshop: June 2-5, 2014


All workshop accepted papers will be included in the conference proceeding published by Elsevier Science in the open-access Procedia Computer Science series on-line.

The submitted paper must be formatted according to the guidelines of Procedia Computer Science, Elsevier:

You are invited to submit full length papers in PDF format on EasyChair, not exceeding 6 pages in length, in single-column format including diagrams and references, and following the Procedia Computer Science guidelines. Papers that do not follow these guidelines may be rejected without consideration of their merits.

All papers will be reviewed by at least two Program Committee members on the basis of technical quality, originality, clarity, and relevance to the track topics listed below. At least one author of each paper must attend the workshop to present the paper.

Workshop Chairs

Program Committee

  • Olivier BOISSIER (High National School of Mines of Saint-Etienne, France)
  • Massimo COSSENTINO (ICAR-CNR, Italy)
  • Alexis DROGOUL (IRD, Vietnam)
  • Giancarlo FORTINO (University of Calabria, Italy)
  • Vincent HILAIRE (University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France)
  • Tom HOLVOET (University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • Abderrafiaa KOUKAM (University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard, France)
  • Sathish KUMAR (Coastal Carolina University, USA)
  • René MANDIAU (University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis, France)
  • Fabien MICHEL (University of Montpellier 2, France)
  • Gildas MORVAN (University of Artois, France)
  • Michael SCHUMACHER (HES-SO, Switzerland)
  • René SCHUMANN (HES-SO, Switzerland)
  • Dany WEYNS (University of Linnaeus, Sweden)
  • Ansar YASAR (University of Hasselt, Belgium)

Accepted Papers

  • A model of road network and buildings extension co-evolution, Merwan Achibet, Stefan Balev, Antoine Dutot and Damien Olivier.
  • Multilevel Model of the 3D Virtual Environment for Crowd Simulation in Buildings, Stéphane Galland, Nicolas Gaud, Jonathan Demange and Abderrafiaa Koukam.

The program is available on the ANT website


Please visit the ANT14 Registration Page for more information.

Venue, Accomodation & Visa Requirements

Please visit the ANT14 Venue & Accomodation Page for more information.

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