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08 October, 2012

ECMS conference track on "Simulation of Social Interaction", Ålesund, Norway May 27th - 30st, 2013

There will be a track of the 27th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation on "Simulating Social Interaction", to be held in beautiful Ålesund in Norway on the May 27th - 30st, 2013.

The conference website is:

The deadline for papers is: 15th February 2013

Track description:

Simulation of Social Interaction (SOCINT)

Agent-based simulation allows for the explicit representation of social interaction within simulation. Here the behaviour of agents in the simulation represents the behaviour of actors, with the interaction between actors represented as messages between the agents. The outcomes of such simulations are not always obvious from their set-up allowing for the phenomena of emergence. This kind of simulation has its own distinctive opportunities and problems, which has meant that it has tended to be reported in different venues from the main simulation community, being often closer in style to social rather than computer science. This track is a chance to bring the social simulation and wider simulation communities together.

 Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Reputation and endorsement processes
  • Group formation, maintenance, dissolution
  • Social emergence and unpredictability
  • Influence and interaction over social networks
  • Descriptive simulations of observed social processes and systems (e.g. science itself)
  • How trust develops and is maintained plus its effects
  • Cooperation, coordination and social norms (but not purely game theoretic approaches)
  • People interacting via the internet via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter etc.
  • Discussive, consensus and agreement processes
  • Social and culture dynamics
  • The simulation of historical patterns and past societies
  • Complex organisation behaviour and inter-organisational networks


05 October, 2012

Call for applications to participate in a workshop on Simulating the Social Processes of Science, 7-11 April 2014, Netherlands

We are planning to submit an application for a Lorentz Centre workshop ( on the topic of the Special Section of JASSS about a year ago on the Topic "Simulating the Social Processes of Science" (  If successful this will happen 7-11 April 2014 in the Netherlands.  This is a very nice set-up with lunch, refreshments and facilities laid on in the centre, leaving lots of time for discussion and collaboration.

We are looking for people who could contribute to this.  In other words people who:

1.  Have done a simulation of a social aspect of science
2.  Are currently working on a simulation of a social aspect of science
3.  Has written about how to simulate a social aspect of science
3.  Is or could be involved in writing computer science tools to help with this
3.  Is a relevant philosopher, complexity science, science studies,
visualisation expert (or similar)
3.  Has studied/observed how scientists interact
4.  Is planning on doing one of the above

If you are interested in participating, please read the details at and apply!  Deadline November 10th 2012.

02 October, 2012

Two new PhD students... Claire Little and Magnus Jósefsson

We are pleased to announce that two new PhD students have started at the CPM: Claire Little whose background is in Mathematics then computer science, and Magnus Jósefsson who did his Masters in Management Science.