Agent-Based Modelling of City Systems
A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2015) | Viewed by 58791
Interests: agent-based modelling; smart cities; city infrastructure systems; socio-technical systems; electric vehicles; urban planning; ontology design
Interests: multi-agent systems; agent based modelling; multi-agent simulation; spatial planning; sustainable development; urban system simulation; adaptive collective systems
City systems, consisting of the various social and technical infrastructures required for urban areas to function, are facing major challenges in the coming decades as global urbanization and the pressure on resource efficiency and sustainability continue. Agent-based simulation and modelling techniques enable us to study these systems from various levels of abstraction looking at actors as well as system level perspectives, and are particularly suited to understand the dynamics of underlying structures and experiment with various scenarios and the effect of local decisions on emerging system properties.
This special issue aims to showcase innovative use of agent-based modelling (ABM) and multi-agent system (MAS) approaches for effective decision support regarding urban innovations in fields linked with urban development and to explore and identify how researchers in different disciplines integrate their knowledge through agent models. We are inviting researchers from across a wide range of disciplines (including computer science, physics, engineering, economics, sociology and others) to submit papers to this special issue that exhibit state-of the art innovation in ABM/MAS applied to cities. This innovation may come in the form of computational, conceptual, analytical, participatory or epistemological advances for a range of aims and motivations associated with the challenge of combining competitiveness and sustainable urban development in city systems. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
City Systems and Sustainability
e.g., resource efficiency, energy systems, sustainable resource management, environmental protection
City Systems and Governance
e.g., public decision-making, public social services, public common resources management
City Systems and Economy
e.g., productivity, technology transitions, urbanisation, real estate, ability to transform
City Systems and Mobility
e.g., transport, accessibility, electric vehicles, public transport
City Systems and Living
e.g., cultural facilities, crime, healthcase, education
City Systems and People
e.g., inclusiveness, cosmopolitanism, open-mindedness, social and ethnic plurality, technology adoption
City System Integration
e.g., linking components from various subsystems, interoperability of agent models, system of systems
City Systems emphasize multidisciplinary dialogue and collaborative work and in this special issue we are interested in illustrating how agent technologies can help to integrate and manage several city dynamics, show in what direction ABM/MAS have already proven real success and explore potential future trajectories.
We welcome case studies as well as methodological papers in this area and very much look forward to your submission.
Dr. Koen H. van Dam
Prof. Dr. Rémy Courdier
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- agent-based modelling
- multi-agent systems
- city systems
- system integration
- smart cities
- urban planning
- sustainable urban development
- decision support