Saying the winners of the 2021 RFP on agent-based person interplay simulation to seek out and repair integrity and privateness points

In May 2021, Facebook launched a call for proposals (RFP) on agent-based user interaction simulation to find and fix integrity and privacy issues. Today we announce the winners of this award.

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In this call, we were particularly interested in research that addresses the scientific and technical challenges we face in developing and deploying Web-Enabled Simulation, and also leading to longer and deeper collaboration between partners from the academic research community and our Westworld project team.

This tender is a continuation of the 2020 RFP for agent-based user interaction simulation. With these RFPs, Facebook would like to promote further innovations and deepen cooperation with universities in the field of web-enabled simulation. This year we narrowed the focus of the technical areas and were interested in suggestion topics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Test validation and verification
  • Scalability: scalability, prediction and optimization of the digital cyber-cyber twin
  • Behavior: Modeling user behavior and counterfactual interventions

The team reviewed 29 high quality proposals from 24 universities in 11 countries. We’re excited to announce the five winning proposals below as well as the nine finalists. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a proposal and congratulations to the winners.

Research Award Winner

Automated generation of metamorphic relationships for testing WESs
Valerio Terragni, Aitor Arrieta, Paolo Tonella (University of Auckland)

Learning from mistakes to improve behavior modeling
Federica Sarro (University College London)

People and models of people
Robert John Nicholls, Monica Whitty, Stephen Doherty (University of New South Wales)

Socialz – Multi-objective automated social fuzz tests
Markus Wagner, Christoph Treude (University of Adelaide)

Testing untestable programs with association rules
Breno Alexandro Ferreira de Miranda, Antonia Bertolino, Emilio Cruciani, Roberto Verdecchia (Federal University of Pernambuco)


Attacking bad bots using Shapley value approximation and machine learning
Giorgio Stefano Gnecco, Ennio Bilancini, Marcello Sanguineti, Massimo Riccaboni (IMT School of Advanced Studies Lucca)

Detection of data protection problems in WES with the help of differential information gain
Partha Roop, Priyadarsi Nanda and Valerio Terragni (University of Auckland)

Evolutionary Bayesian transfer optimization for the design of automated mechanisms
Ke Li (University of Exeter)

Fidelity-aware multi-objective tuner on cyber-cyber-digital twin
Tao Chen, Qinggang Meng (Loughborough University, UK)

Modeling and prediction of user behavior in emerging multi-agent systems
Denys Poshyvanyk, Adwait Nadkarni (College of William and Mary)

Modeling of vulnerabilities in social media platforms
John Bryden, Filippo Menczer (Indiana University Bloomington)

Refinement of equivalence of state relations for effective metamorphic testing
Mike Papadakis, Marcelo d’Amorim, Nazareno Matías Aguirre, Yves Le Traon (University of Luxembourg)

SANS-T: Strategic agent network for social testing
Rocco Oliveto, Simone Scalabrino (University of Molise)

SOCIETY: Social testing through gamified behavior trees
Patrizio Pelliccione, Antonia Bertolino, Michele Flammini (Gran Sasso Science Institute)

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