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04 February, 2009

CfP: ESSA 2009 Conference 14-18 Sept 2009

Call for Papers for:
ESSA 2009
The 6th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association Conference

14-18 September 2009, Univ. of Surrey, Guilford (just outside London), UK.

Deadline for submissions: 14th April, 2009


ESSA 2009 will, like its predecessors, attract the best papers from across the world, describing the newest and most significant social simulation work. These will cover: human, animal and artificial societies, and apply a wide range of techniques. Social Simulation seems to be at a "tipping point" between revolutionary and normal science where it is introducing more rigour into its methods.

Come to participate in the formation of a new science!

The invited speakers are:
  • Mark Bedau, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Reed College and Editor of Artificial Life
  • Jim Doran, Emeritus Professor of the Univ. of Essex and one of the founders of Social Simulation
  • Tim Kohler, Professor in the Dept. of Anthropology, Washington State University and Santa Fe
Submission

Reasonably mature papers on all aspects of social simulation will be carefully and anonymously considered – however most papers will (1) describe an individual/agent-based computer simulation (2) exhibit the outcomes of running the simulation in more than a cursory way and (3) make some comparison of these with either: evidence from, or other models of, social phenomena (human, animal or artificial). If you are in doubt as to the relevance of a paper, you may email the Scientific Chair for his opinion (see below), however the decisions about relevance will be made by the Programme Committee. See the conference website for details as to submission procedure.

All the accepted papers will be included in the ESSA 2009 electronic proceedings. The best accepted papers will be published in a separate post-proceedings.

The Venue

The conference will be held at the University of Surrey, Guildford. The Sociology Department there is rated as one of the top centres for sociology research in the UK. It is just outside London in the pretty town of Guilford, near Heathrow Airport and easily accessible from Gatwick.






Organizing Committee


The conference chair is Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey, UK

Other members of the organising committee are:
  • Edmund Chattoe, University of Leicester, UK
  • Bruce Edmonds, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (Scientific Chair)
  • Fred Amblard, University of Toulouse, France
  • Flaminio Squazzoni, University of Brescia, Italy
  • Lu Yang, University of Surrey, UK (Admin)
There is a large and varied program committee representing the top social simulation academics from across the world, covering a large variety of different views and approaches. For a list of PC members see the website.

Contact

For queries about the organisation of the conference, bookings, travel etc. see http://cress.soc.surrey.ac.uk/essa2009/contactUs.php and for the submission of papers, the reviewing process or the programme email: essa2009@cfpm.org