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*Call for Papers *

ABM4Crime – Agent-Based Modelling for Criminological Research

Thematic track at the 18th EPIA Conference on Artificial Intelligence 
(Porto, Portugal)

URL: https://web.fe.up.pt/~epia2017/thematic-tracks/abm4crime/

*** Proceedings will be published in Spinger’s Lecture Notes in 
Artificial Intelligence ***


*Background **
*
Criminology is the scientific study of the nature, extent, management, 
causes, control, consequences, and prevention of criminal behaviour. 
Traditional criminological research methods use interviews, register 
data, observations, or may employ vignette studies. In addition to these 
methods, Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) has recently emerged as an 
innovative method to study crime. The aim of this workshop is to discuss 
both the benefits and possible drawback of ABM as a tool for 
criminology, as well as to identify its most promising application areas.

Agent-based modelling takes existing knowledge from the social sciences 
as point of departure and tries to formalise this knowledge in dynamic 
computational models. Using the appropriate software these models can be 
used to simulate human behaviour: virtual scenarios that (dynamically) 
simulate behaviour over time. These types of computer simulations offer 
opportunities to develop innovative methods and tools to better 
understand, predict and possibly even prevent deviant behaviour. Example 
applications are predicting the spatio-temporal dynamics of residential 
burglary, explaining the behaviour of street robbers, or simulating 
aggression management strategies for training purposes in law enforcement.

*Workshop Aim **
*
This workshop is intended for Agent-Based Modellers who are interested 
in Criminology as a potential application domain for their models, as 
well as for Social Scientist with an interest in ABM as a tool to study 
criminological questions. Example questions that may be addressed during 
the workshop include the following:

* What is the main added value of Agent-Based Models for the field of 
Criminology?
* Should the models be used to explain, predict, and/or prevent 
delinquent behaviour?
* What are the most promising application domains?
* Which ABM tools and techniques are most suitable?
* How much detail is required to study the above questions?
* How to validate ABMs against empirical data?

*Topics of Interest **
*
* agent-based simulation
* verification of agent-based models
* ABM tools and techniques
* virtual agents
* empirical validation
* ABMs for policy making
* ABMs for crime prediction
* ...

*Application Areas of Interest **
*
* spatio-temporal dynamics of crime
* terrorism and terrorist networks
* crowd dynamics, aggression in crowds
* street robbery, residential burglary
* organized crime
* juvenile delinquency
* aggression de-escalation
* ...

*Submission and Proceedings **
*
All papers should be submitted in PDF format through the EPIA 2017 
EasyChair submission page. Prospective authors should select the 
thematic track to which their paper is to be submitted.

Submitted papers should be prepared according to the Springer LNCS 
format, with a maximum of 12 pages. Submitted papers will be subject to 
a double-blind review process, and will be peer-reviewed by at least 
three members of the respective track Program Committee. It is the 
responsibility of the authors to remove names and affiliations from the 
submitted papers, and to take reasonable care to assure anonymity during 
the review process.
Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings (a volume 
of Springer’s Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence), provided that 
at least one author is registered in EPIA 2017 by the early registration 
deadline. EPIA 2015 proceedings were indexed in Thomson Reuters ISI Web 
of Science, Scopus, DBLP and Google Scholar.

*Important dates **
*
* Paper submission: May 1, 2017
* Paper acceptance: May 31, 2017
* Camera-ready papers: Jun 15, 2017
* Conference: Sep 5-8, 2017

*Organizing Committee **
*
Charlotte Gerritsen, Netherlands Institute for the study of Crime and 
Law Enforcement, The Netherlands
Tibor Bosse, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Corinna Elsenbroich, University of Surrey, United Kingdom

*Program Committee **
*
Daniel Birks, Griffith University Brisbane, Australia
Tibor Bosse, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Henk Elffers, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law 
Enforcement, the Netherlands
Corinna Elsenbroich, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Vasco Furtado, University of Fortaleza, Brazil
Charlotte Gerritsen, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and 
Law Enforcement, The Netherlands
Elizabeth Groff, Temple University, United States
Nicola Lettieri, INAPP, Italy
Lin Liu, University of Cincinnati, United States
Nicholas Malleson, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Klaus Troitzsch, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany


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