Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13, 2017, Suffolk, Virginia

Announcement: The draft program is now available on the website.

Swarmfest will be at Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC)
Old Dominion University, Suffolk, Virginia USA


Swarmfest is the annual meeting of the Swarm Development Group (SDG), the creators and developers of the Swarm Simulation System. It is the longest running agent-based modeling (ABM) conference. Although the conference dates back to the early days of the Swarm ABM package, attendees today use a wide range of software including AnyLogic, Mason, NetLogo, Repast, swarm, and more.

Keynote speaker: Joshua M. Epstein, Ph.D.


Joshua M. Epstein, Ph.D., a pioneer in agent-based computational modeling. He has authored or co-authored several books including Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up, with Robert Axtell (MIT Press/Brookings Institution); Nonlinear Dynamics, Mathematical Biology, and Social Science (Addison-Wesley), and Generative Social Science: Studies in Agent-Based Computational Modeling (Princeton University Press). His latest book is Agent_Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science ( Princeton, 2014).


Swarmfest brings together ABM experts and enthusiasts from a wide variety of academic and industrial disciplines who are able to communicate through the common language of ABM. Swarmfest fosters a collegial space for researchers to explore new ideas and approaches, and benefit from a multi-disciplinary environment. We encourage dialogue about ABM use within our own research communities, and often discuss strategies for cross-domain applications or extensions. Swarmfest is also a venue to identify future avenues for ABM research, including the “next” generation of ABM tools, platforms and applications.

This year, we are accepting papers for three different tracks. New to the conference this year, peer-reviewed full papers accepted to the conference will be invited to publish in a special volume by Springer. The tracks are: Full peer-reviewed paper track, works-in-progress track, and student poster track.

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 Economy
  • 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

Download the Call for Papers here: Swarmfest2017-CfP. If you have any questions, please email