SwarmFest is the Swarm Development Group's annual agent-based modeling conference. At SwarmFest, scientists, modelers, and programmers from many fields share their research, ideas, and experience
in agent-based modeling. SwarmFest is highly inter-disciplinary, fun, and informal. This is a unique opportunity to make contacts, get feedback, find collaborators, learn techniques, and discuss topics of general
interest to modelers. Users of Repast, NetLogo, Mason, and other software platforms are strongly encouraged to participate.
SwarmFest 2006 will be hosted by the Department of Computer Science & Engineering
and the Center for the Study of Biocomplexity at the University of Notre Dame, who hosted our very successful SwarmFest 2003. This year's meeting will be in partial conjunction with the annual conference of the North
American Association for Computational Social & Organizational Sciences (NAACSOS; see: http://www.casos.cs.cmu.edu/events/conferences/2006).
Two kinds of presentations are solicited: oral presentations (20-30 minutes) and posters. Appropriate topics include research conducted with agent-based models, development of theory for/with ABMs, demonstrations of
interesting models and modeling techniques, software platforms, and programming techniques. We encourage presentation of work that is new or unusual enough to make publication in traditional outlets difficult. To
request an oral or poster presentation, submit an abstract via email to Swarmfest2006@swarm.org. Acceptable formats are PDF, plain text, and Word. The submittal should
include the authors and their affiliations, contact information (address, telephone, and email), the title, preferred format (oral vs. poster), and the abstract text.
We are also soliciting suggestions for
special sessions on topics of broad interest. These sessions could include groups of related presentations, panel discussions, etc. One tentatively planned session is on techniques for teaching agent-based modeling. To
propose a special session, submit a short proposal describing the topic, format, organizer, and potential participants, to Swarmfest2006@swarm.org.
have included, as pre- or post-conference events, classes in the Swarm simulation software. These classes are taught by volunteers and require substantial preparation. This year we will attempt to provide one or more
classes if there is sufficient interest and if instructors volunteer. Classes could be in Swarm, or another platform such as Repast or NetLogo. If you want to attend a class, please email us at Swarmfest2006@swarm.org as soon as possible and tell us what kind of class you are most interested in.
There will not be a formal proceedings
publication of SwarmFest, but we will post abstracts, presentation slides, or other materials provided by authors on the Swarm wiki (www.swarm.org).
The tentative schedule is:
* June 22: Evening social.
* June 23: Joint sessions with NAACSOS, including keynote speakers and contributed papers of interest to both groups
* June 24: Contributed papers
* June 25: Tutorials on Repast, NetLogo, etc.
* Lodging reservations: May 20, 2006
* Abstract submission: June 1, 2006
* Registration: Click (here)
For additional information and up-to-date information on registration, see the SwarmFest web site: http://www.nd.edu/~swarm06/index.html
The Swarm Development Group Board of Directors