City life

Cities have been around for ten thousand years. In the Anthropocene, they are fast becoming our dominant ecosystem. Agent-based models of various aspects of city life can help us in urban planning and liveability. Several models exist in which, for example, traffic is predicted or housing prices are simulated and optimized. However, models that take into account more complex human behaviour, for example based on social interaction or subjective experiences, are still limited.

We are calling for models of city life in which the human component is explicitly taken on board. Applications can vary and include city development, transport, energy ‘prosumption’ (where citizens act as both consumers and producers), waste management, walkability, social interaction, happiness, crime and safety. Worked applications that include feedbacks between the technical system, the spatial city, and the social system including daily life and policy making, are particularly welcomed.



We welcome the submission of extended abstracts (3 - 4 pages; short oral presentation) and full papers (max. 12 pages, long oral presentation). All work must be original, i.e. must not have appeared in conference proceedings, books, or journals and may not be under review for other archival conferences, books, or journals.


Important Dates

Submission of extended abstracts (3-4 pages) or full papers (max. 12 pages): 30 April 2019
Notification of Acceptance: 24 June 2019
Final Version Submission: 11 July 2019


Track chairs:

  • Gert Jan Hofstede, Professor of Artificial Sociality, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Eveline van Leeuwen, chair, Urban Economics group, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Nicholas Malleson, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK