This talk will cover the Web-Enabled Simulation (WES) research agenda, and describe FACEBOOK’s WW system. WW is used to simulate social media interactions on an infrastructure consisting of hundreds of millions of lines of code. The WES agenda draws on research from many areas of study, including Search Based Software Engineering, Machine Learning, Programming Languages, Multi Agent Systems, Graph Theory, Game AI, and AI Assisted Game Play. We conclude with a set of open problems and research challenges to motivate wider investigation.
This talk reports the results of joint work with John Ahlgren, Maria Eugenia Berezin, Kinga Bojarczuk, Elena Dulskyte, Inna Dvortsova, Johann George, Natalija Gucevska, Ralf Lämmel, Erik Meijer, Silvia Sapora, Justin Spahr-Summers.
There is a funding call (deadline 15th July) for research that underpins the WES agenda that may be of interest: https://research.fb.com/blog/2020/05/new-research-award-opportunities-in-agent-based-user-interaction-simulation/. The review process is super light-touch (2 page proposals) and the awards made to successful applicants will be in the form of unrestricted cash gifts ($30k-$50k each).