About the Congress

Agent-based computing is a set of ideas and technologies in wide use for creating models of social processes across a large number of fields from anthropology to zoology, with nearly 5000 papers utilizing the approach published annually. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Growing Artificial Societies by Robert Axtell and Joshua Epstein, an International Congress on Agent Computing will be held in Fairfax, Virginia. The Congress will celebrate the explosive growth of agent modeling over the past two decades in the social sciences, in business and government, and related areas, and offer a tour d’horizon of its present state and myriad applications. Looking forward, we will identify challenges and opportunities — Hilbert Problems, if you will — to shape the future of agent-based computational modeling.


November 29-30, 2016
Research Hall, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia USA
Deadline for submitting papers: September 16, 2016


Thomas Schelling, Nobel Prize 2005
W. Brian Arthur, Santa Fe Institute
Stuart Kauffman, MacArthur Fellow
Michael Batty, University College London
David Krakauer, President of the Santa Fe Institute


Attendance is free but registration will be required and the conference is nearly at maximum capacity. Please email Rob Axtell directly if you have not registered but wish to attend.


We are grateful for the financial support of these institutions: George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, and The Mitre Corporation. At George Mason University, support is provided by the Center for Social Complexity, the Mercatus Center, the Computational Public Policy Lab, the College of Science, the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, and the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Page updated: November 23, 2016