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[Swarm Announce] SwarmFest 2007 Call for Papers
[Swarm Announce] SwarmFest 2007 Call for Papers
Fri, 20 Apr 2007 13:54:46 -0700
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**Call for Papers**
Conference of Agent-based Modelers and
Agent-based Modeling Platform Users
DePaul University School of Computer Science, Telecommunications, and
Information Systems, Chicago, Illinois USA
July 12 - 14, 2007
A PDF of this CFP is at:
The School of Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Information
Systems at DePaul University and the Swarm Development Group (SDG) are
pleased to announce the 11th Annual SwarmFest to be held on at DePaul's
campus in the heart of downtown Chicago, July 12-14, 2007.
The purpose of SwarmFest is to bring scientists, modelers, and
programmers working in a wide variety of domains together to share their
research, knowledge, and experience with agent-based and
individual-based modeling. The focus is on both the science and tools of
agent-based modeling. We encourage participation by users of software
toolkits such as Swarm, RePast, NetLogo, StarLogo, MASON, Ascape,
AgentSheets, Cormas, EcoLab, and MOBIDYC.
SwarmFest is an interdisciplinary, informal conference that provides the
opportunity to present and discuss innovative modeling work and tools
and techniques for ABM. We especially encourage presentation of work
that may be too new, esoteric, or methods-oriented for other scientific
forums. SwarmFest is valuable both for inexperienced and experienced
researchers and software toolkit users, and provides a unique
opportunity to meet people working on similar problems but in different
domains. Swarm Development Group also uses SwarmFest to gather feedback
from the modeling community on development and support priorities.
Presentations at SwarmFest can address basic research, applied modeling,
software, or other topics related to agent- and individual-based modeling.
Schedule and Amenities:
SwarmFest will open with a rooftop reception at the DePaul Center, a
historic downtown building that housed Goldblatt's flagship department
store for more than 30 years, on the evening of Thursday, July 12.
Conference sessions will be all day July 13-14, ending with the
traditional awards ceremony at approximately 4 pm on the 14th. We will
have a banquet with keynote speaker on the 13th.
Attendees are encouraged to stay and enjoy the amenities of downtown
Chicago, one of America's most attractive and lively urban areas. Among
the many attractions within walking distance are: the lakefront with its
parks, beaches, museums, Navy Pier, etc; the Art Institute, one of the
best art museums in the country; outdoor art and free concerts at the
new Millenium Park; the famous Michigan Avenue shopping district; and
the near north side's dining and nightlife.
Keynote and invited speakers:
We will invite several especially interesting scientists to give
extended presentations. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Tim Kohler,
speaking on "The Making of a Catastrophe: How Agent-Based Modeling is
Helping Archaeologists Unravel the Last Century of Farming Occupation in
the Northern US Southwest". Dr. Kohler is a Regents Professor in
Anthropology at Washington State University and an external professor at
the Santa Fe Institute. A Swarm user since the mid-1990s, he also
directs an NSF-funded IGERT at WSU and the University of Washington
entitled "IGERT Program in Evolutionary Modeling." As a modeler, he
worships at the twin altars of CVOTW and KISS.
Types of Presentations Requested:
1) Oral presentations: Talks are typically 20 minutes including questions.
2) Posters: Posters will be displayed in a special poster session and
3) Panel discussions: In the past, panel discussions have addressed
topics such as publishing agent-based research and teaching agent-based
modeling. We welcome proposals to organize, or even suggest, panel
To present at SwarmFest, please submit the following information: your
name and affiliation; your email and mailing address; which type of
presentation you prefer (oral, poster, panel); a title; and a brief
(~<300 words) abstract of your presentation. Your submission can be in
plain text or PDF format, and should be emailed to:
We expect to offer training classes in the Repast and (tentatively)
NetLogo platforms on July 12. For up to date information, see the
SwarmFest web site.
Housing and Transportation:
Low-cost accommodation will be available at University Center, a student
housing and conference facility adjacent to DePaul. You must register
for this accommodation via the SwarmFest web site; please do so as early
as possible. Discounted rates at downtown hotels, including the historic
Palmer House, are also available. The conference and housing is a short
walk from the Chicago Transit Authority trains which provide direct
service from both O'Hare and Midway airports. See the SwarmFest web site
for information on housing and transportation.
Registration fees are $125 for students (through graduate school), and
$250 for non-students. Members of Swarm Development Group (see:
http://www.swarm.org/wiki/SDG_membership ) receive a $25 discount.
Submissions are requested by June 1, 2007. Notice of acceptance will be
send by June 7. Early review and acceptance decisions will be made on
request. Late submissions may be accepted if space in the schedule is
Conference registration should be made by June 16, 2007 (a late
registration fee of $25 will be required after that date).
Reservations for University Center housing must be made by June 16.
E-mail submissions and questions to: address@hidden
The conference web site is
http://condor.depaul.edu/~slytinen/SwarmFest2007 or follow the link from
the Swarm wiki http://www.swarm.org
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