1. New ACE Web Site Link: Pointers to Journals and Books A list of pointers to 23 journals and 9 publishing companies of interest for ACE and complex adaptive systems researchers has been linked to the ACE Web site. Suggestions for additional pointers are welcome. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 2. New Book from John Holland _Emergence: From Chaos to Order_, by John Holland. Published by Addison-Wesley, 1998. ISBN 0-201-14943-5. From the back cover: "John Holland is an exceptionally imaginative person. Often surprising, and always engaging, he takes thereader on a journey from simplicity to complexity, showing how a few `rules of engagement' can lead to systems as bewilderingly rich as the neural networks in our brains, our imune defenses against pathogents, and even the ecosystems that maintain the biosphere so that life can flourish. And more: Holland brings us back to our starting place by suggesting how new ideas can illuminate complexity." --Sir Robert May, Chief Scientif Advisor to the U.K. Government. For additional information, see the Addison-Wesley-Longman Publishing Company site at http://www.awl.com/gb/authors/holland/emergence.html xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 3. New ACE Software Link and Related Publications Note: A pointer to the first item below can be found at the ACE Web site software page. The Avalanche Project: The Agent-Based Value Chain Experiment (Avalanche) is an artificial world simulation in which mobile software agents build up a value chain by using economic protocols to communicate with each other in the absence of a central (Walrasian) coordinator. A key objective is to investigate which local economic interaction protocols result in global coordination. The mobile software agents are programmed in Java. For more information, contact Torsten Eymann (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Related Pubs (Courtesy of the UMBC AgentNews Webletter-see 9., below): _Constructing Intelligent Agents with Java: A Programmer's Guide to Smarter Applications_, by Joseph P. and Jennifer Bigus, Book and CD, John Wiley and Sons, January 1998, 272 pages, ISBN 0-471-19135-3 From the book blurb: "This book teaches the fundamentals of Java to programmers who have been constructing agents in other languages like C++. The book includes code and examples for personal agents, network or Web agents, multi-agent systems, and commercial agents." _Developing Smarter Intelligent Agents Using Java_ (Java Master Series), by David Peterson, Book and CD, McGraw-Hill, December 1997, 400 pages, ISBN 0-079-13643-5 From the book blurb: "Comprehensive and complete, the book proceeds from theory and foundation to detailed explanations of applications and new products. The CD delivers Java agent applets, demo software, and the author's own Java agent templates." xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 4. New Economic Dynamics Journal _Review of Economic Dynamics_ Editors: Thomas F. Cooley, David K. Levine, Ramon Marimon, Dale T. Mortensen, Edward Prescott, Thomas Sargent, and Roger Craine. From the Academic Press Announcement: "_Review of Economic Dynamics_ is the official journal of the Society for Economic Dynamics. The journal publishes meritorious original contributions to dynamic economics. The scope of the journal is intended to be broad and to reflect the view of the Society for Economic Dynamics that the field of economics is unified by the scientific approach to economics. We will publish contributions in any area of economics provided they meet the highest standards of scientific research." See the journal Web site at http://www.red.rochester.edu/ for more information. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 5. Two New ACE-Related Journals Note: Pointers to the journals listed below can be found at the ACE Web site journals and books page. _Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS)_ The first issue of this new electronic journal, edited by Nigel Gilbert (Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK) was published on-line at http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/JASSS/JASSS.html Among other interesting items, the issue includes a provocative review by Ken Binmore of Robert Axelrod's new book, _The Complexity of Cooperation: Agent-Based Models of Competition and Collaboration_, Princeton University Press, 1997, 0-691-01567-6. _Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems_ This new Kluwer journal is edited by Nicholas Jennings (U of London), Katia Sycara (Carnegie Mellon U), and Michael Georgeff (Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute). The aim of the journal is to provide a forum for disseminating significant new results in the foundations, development, analysis, and applications of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. See http://www.wkap.nl/aims_scope.htm/1387-2532 for more information. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 6. New Book From Ken Binmore Ken Binmore has a forthcoming book, the sequel to his earlier book _Playing Fair: Game Theory and the Social Contract I_, MIT Press, 1994, 0-262-02363-6. _Just Playing: Game Theory and the Social Contract II_, MIT Press, April 1998, ISBN 0-262-02444-6. From the MIT Press promotions page: In Volume 1 of _Game Theory and the Social Contract_, Ken Binmore restated the problems of moral and political philosophy in the language of game theory. In Volume 2, _Just Playing_, he unveils his own controversial theory, which abandons the metaphysics of Immanuel Kant for the naturalistic approach to morality of David Hume. According to this viewpoint, a fairness norm is a convention that evolved to coordinate behavior on an equilibrium of a society's Game of Life. ... " For more information, check out the MIT Press Web site at http://mitpress.mit.edu/book-home.tcl?isbn=0262024446. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 7. Fourth Annual Santa Fe Institute Graduate Workshop in Economics: Computational Modeling and Complexity The Santa Fe Institute Economics Program is again sponsoring a summer workshop to bring together a group of advanced graduate students and a small faculty for an intensive two week study of computational economics. The workshop will be held June 14-27, 1998, at the SFI. Participation at the workshop will be limited to 15 graduate students. Student travel, accommodations, and living expenses will be supported by the workshop. The application deadline is April 3, 1998; completed applications should be sent to John Miller, Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Check out the Web site at http://zia.hss.cmu.edu/econ/ for more information, or contact John Miller (email@example.com) or Scott E. Page (firstname.lastname@example.org). xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 8. New and/or Updated Announcements for ACE-Related Conferences Note: A list of pointers for these conferences can be found at the ACE Web site conference page. As announced in the November ACE news notes, the Second International Conference on Autonomous Agents (Agents'98) will be held in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, May 10--13, 1998. A pre-conference one-day workshop will be held on May 9 on the topic "Artificial Societies and Computatational Markets." NEW: A Web site for the workshop has now been established at http://www.cs.toronto.edu/~grigoris/ascma.html In connection with the launching of the _Journal of Public Economic Theory_ (JPET), a new journal from Basil Blackwell, a conference on theoretical public economics will be held May 27-30 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Program Chair is Frank Page (email@example.com); the Program Committee consists of Marcus Berliant, John Conley, Herve Moulin, Leo Hurwicz, Shlomo Weber, and Myrna Wooders. If you would like to present a paper, please email an abstract to Frank Page by March 15, 1998. P.S. Despite the description of this conference as a conference on theoretical public economics, I was expressly asked to announce this conference to the ACE news list and was assured that ACE-related conference submissions would be welcome. JPET's interest in research taking a computational agent-based approach to public economic issues is indicated by the fact that both Scott E. Page and I were invited to be on the JPET editorial board. The Third International Workshop on Economics with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents, organized by the SIEC (Society for Social Interactions, Economics, and Computing), will be held May 29-30, 1998, in Acona, Italy. The Programme Committee invites submissions in all areas related to social interaction in economics, models of learning, GAs and ANNs, aggregation heterogeneous agents, heterogeneity and nonlinear hysteresis, computational methods for macro, evolutionary games, panel data, and nonlinear econometrics. Those wishing to contribute should submit a long abstract (about 800 words) by January 23, 1998. For more information, visit the SIEC Web site at http://www.econ.unian.it/dipartimento/siec/ Hewlett-Packard Research Labs, Bristol, UK, is sponsoring a workshop on Agents, Alife, and Computational Economics, June 24-June 25, 1998. The AACE'98 Workshop, chaired by Chris Preist and Janet Bruten of HP, is the second in a series. The workshop will include invited presentations by Bernardo Huberman, Blake LeBaron, Richard Palmer, Tuomas Sandholm, and Leigh Tesfatsion; discussion and panel sessions; and a poster display of participants' research. The workshop will focus on cross-disciplinary work that combines agency and alife research with economics. It will look at how economic research can benefit from agent-based techniques and how agent-based systems can use economic approaches in their reasoning. Those wishing to present a paper should send an abstract (1000 words max) to Lin Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org), the administrative coordinator for the workshop, by May 1, 1998. For more information, see the workshop Web site at http://agents.hpl.hp.com/workshop/ NOTE: This workshop is designed to precede the computational economics (CEFEES98) conference in Cambridge, England, June 29-July 1. The Fifth International Workshop on Agent Theories, Architectures, and Languages (ATAL'98) will be held July 2-July 8, 1998, in Paris. ATAL'98 will address issues such as theories of rational agency, software architectures for intelligent agents, methodologies and programming languages for realising agents, and software tools for applying and evaluating agent systems. The deadline for submissions is February 6, 1998. For more information, see http://www.dlib.com/events/conferences/atal98/ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 9. Additional ACE-Related Web Sites Note: A list of pointers to the following Web sites can be found at the ACE Web site -- see the "other ACE-related Web sites" page. The Web Site on Evolutionary Economics: This site (http://www.business.auc.dk/evolution/evolecon.html) is a computationally oriented Web site on evolutionary economics maintained by a research group at Aalborg University in Denmark. The Evolutionary Economics Unit Web Site: This site (http://www.mpiew-jena.mpg.de/unit/wsinfos.html) is the home page of the Evolutionary Economics Unit of the Max-Planck-Institute, Jena, Germany, founded in October 1995. It is currently directed by Ulrich Witt. The unit conducts research on a broad range of topics related to evolutionary phenomena in the economic domain. Information and Coordination of Economic Activities Web Site: This site (http://www.econ2.uni-bonn.de/sfb/Welcome.eng.html) is maintained by a group of researchers at the University of Bonn, including Reinhard Selten, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics. The Trento Computable and Experimental Economics Laboratory Web Site: This site (http://www-eel.gelso.unitn.it/PrimaPagina.html) is maintained by the Department of Economics, University of Trento, Trento, Italy. It provides general information about the experimental and computational activities of the laboratory. UMBC AgentWeb: A Web Site Focusing on Intelligent Information Agents: UMBC AgentWeb (http://www.cs.umbc.edu/agents/) is a Web site featuring extensive information and resources about intelligent information agents, software agents, softbots, knowbots, infobots, etc. It is maintained at the University of Maryland Baltimore Country (UMBC) Lab for Advanced Information Technology by Tim Finin (email@example.com). To subscribe to the associated electronic mailing list, the UMBC AgentNews Webletter, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the string "subscribe agentnews". The Autonomous Agents Web Site: This site (http://www.isi.edu/isd/AA97/related-sites.html) provides an extensive library of links to Web sites focusing on intelligent software agents. Computer Simulation of Societies: This site (http://www.soc.surrey.ac.uk/research/simsoc/simsoc.html) is maintained by CRESS, the Centre for Research on Simulation in the Social Sciences, at the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guilford, U.K. Its purpose is to provide a library of links related to social simulation around the world. The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour: The Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behavior (AISB) site (http://www.cogs.susx.ac.uk:80/users/christ/aisb/) is organized and run by members of the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Essex, England. The purpose of the site is to maintain links to various AI resources as well as an archive of back issues of the _AISB Quarterly_. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 11. New Paper by Christoph Loch and Bernardo Huberman "A Punctuated Equilibrium Model of Technology Diffusion" by C. H. Loch and B. A. Huberman. The authors present an evolutionary model of technology diffusion in which an old and a new technology are available, both of which improve their performance incrementally over time. Technology adopters make repeated choices between the established and the new technology based on their perceived performance, which is subject to uncertainty. Both technologies exhibit positive externalities, or performance benefits, from others using the same technology. The postscript version of the paper can be obtained at the Web site ftp://parcftp.xerox.com/pub/dynamics/punctuated.ps xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 12. Reminder: News Items Requested for ACE News Notes and _Complexity_ Just a reminder to send me (email@example.com) any news items that you would like to have considered for inclusion in the ACE news notes and/or the Complexity-at-Large section of the John Wiley journal _Complexity_. Thanks.