2019 International Workshop on Agent-Based Modelling of Human Behaviour (ABMHuB)


Agent-based modelling has a long history of success in many related fields from economics and cooperative behaviours, to social conflict, civil violence and revolution. However, its use remains very limited in studies of how human interaction is affected by more complex aspects of human behaviour, such as personality, emotional state and conflict. In the fields of Alife, Evolutionary Computing and Agent-Based Simulation, researchers have modelled various aspects of ecosystems such as evolutionary dynamics within interacting populations. Classic works in this area include studies by Axelrod and Hamilton on the evolution of cooperation and Maynard Smith and Price on conflicts between animals of the same species. More recently, Holland created Echo, a generic ecosystem model in which evolving agents are situated in a resource-limited environment.

ABMHuB aims to bring together researchers who are interested in using agent-based modelling to understand human behaviour. It is a combination of agent-based modelling and behavioural science, which is a new and growing area of research. We want to build a focused group of people, bringing together many of the researchers in this young field for the first time. The motivation behind this workshop is to address some of the significant issues in psychological research today. Human experimentation can create ethical issues and has been increasingly difficult to conduct, making it more difficult to progress our understanding in the area. Alife models offer the capability to create realistic laboratories for which to conduct such experiments. A workshop in this area can encourage Artificial Life practitioners to use behavioural modelling to assess, challenge or even replace competing theories of human behaviour. We anticipate that by introducing rigorous computational modelling to this contentious area, it will help strengthen the field of psychology and related human behavioural sciences.

Call for Papers

The workshop seeks to bring together ideas, approaches, concepts, and perspectives from agent-based modelling and human social systems. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from these connected fields, to engage across the disciplines, to inform of latest findings, to transfer discoveries and concepts from one field to another, and to inspire new ideas and new collaborations across the theme. Contributions will be invited in the following areas:

Online proceedings of the accepted papers will be prepared. Authors of selected contributions will be invited to expand their work for submission to a special issue of the Artificial Life journal.

Important Dates

Organising Committee

Contact: s.lim@cs.ucl.ac.uk