SwarmFest 2014: 18th Annual Meeting on Agent-Based Modeling & Simulation

This year, the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Policy Design with Agent-based Models
  • Agent-based models for simulation & training
  • Dynamic Human behavior ABMs
  • Human factors simulations
  • Agent-based Models and Simulators of the Econo​​my
  • Aggregation and Emergent Macroeconomics
  • General Equilibrium Model with Heterogeneous Agents
  • Economic Development, Technological Change and Growth
  • Socio-economic and Financial Networks
  • Agent-based modeling methodology
  • Agent ontologies
  • Model replication, verification & validation
  • Participatory & Human-in-the-Loop simulations
  • Simulation software & programming computational frameworks
  • Agent-based computational economics & finance
  • Conflict resolution & cooperation
  • Coupled human-natural systems
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Dynamics of trust, social norm, structures, reputation & opinion
  • Epidemiology & pharmacoeconomics
  • Group decisions & collective behaviors
  • Market design, mechanism design & auctions
  • Social networks and their dynamics

SwarmFest 2014 was held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame on June 29th - July 1, 2014. The program consisted of 4 keynote presentations, 21 scientific presentations, 12 poster presentations, and a special pre-conference Women in Computer Science session. Attendance included 45 regular registrations plus about 20 attendees from the Notre Dame campus community. See photos from SwarmFest 2014,  courtesy​ of Pietro Terna. 


SwarmFest is the annual meeting of the Swarm Development Group (SDG), and one of the oldest communities involved in the development and propagation of agent-based modeling. SwarmFest has traditionally involved a mix of both tool-users and tool-developers, drawn from many domains of expertise. These have included, in the past, computer scientists, software engineers, biomedical researchers, ecologists, economists, political scientists, social scientists, resource management specialists and evolutionary biologists. SwarmFest represents a low-key environment for researchers to explore new ideas and approaches, and benefit from a multi-disciplinary environment.


We also encourage the sharing of our experiences with attempting to gain acceptance of ABM within our own research communities, and discuss strategies where cross-domain examples/analogies can aid in that process. We will also try to identify future avenues for ABM research, including the "next" generation of ABM tools, platforms and applications.


University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN USA

June 29 - July 1, 2014