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The Centre for Policy Modelling is a research centre of the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. It lies at the cross roads between computer and social science: both using computational techniques (agent-based modelling, machine learning etc.) to understand social phenomena as well as applying ideas from the social sciences to the design of distributed computational systems. It was founded in 1991 by Scott Moss and was one of the first centres in complexity science in the UK. It has been developed by Scott Moss and Bruce Edmonds (the current director) into one of the leading research groups in the world in agent-based social simulation (especially as applied to issues of policy interest).