19 Dec 2013

Am invited speaker in workshop on "Joining Complexity Science and Social Simulation for Policy", Budapest, May 2013

Call for Papers: SKIN 3 Workshop Joining Complexity Science and Social Simulation for Policy

A workshop at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 22–23 May 2014 Workshop URL: http://cress.soc.surrey.ac.uk/skin/events/third-skin-workshop
This 2-days workshop organised by the EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment (www.ea-aw.org) as its annual conference with two co-organisers and one local host will bring together two scientific communities to join forces in research on innovation policy modelling. Innovation intersects the concerns of complexity models and social simulation. The intention of the workshop is to explore how complexity models and simulation can be used to improve and inform the innovation policy making process. The workshop will take place at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (Hungary), from 22 to 23 May 2014 and is supported by the EGovPoliNet project (http://www.policy-community.eu ).

Guest Speakers:

  • Prof. Erik Johnston (Centre for Policy Informatics, Arizona State University, USA)
  • Prof. Bruce Edmonds (Centre for Policy Modelling, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, UK)
It will focus on three key overlapping themes:
  • Modelling, understanding and managing innovation policy using the SKIN model
  • Large scale data and scalability for research and innovation policy modelling
  • SKIN between complexity science and social science: mechanisms and components
Places are limited and priority will be given to those offering presentations or posters.
A more detailed account of these themes can be found at: http://www.policy-community.eu. Further information about the SKIN model is at http://cress.soc.surrey.ac.uk/skin/

Abstract Submission

Talk abstracts should be submitted by 6th January 2014 in text, Word or pdf format to skin3@ea-aw.de. Posters from PhD students, planning to attend, describing their research designs, issues and any results are greatly encouraged. Please also email skin3@ea-aw.de if you plan to do this.

SKIN Book Launch

The workshop will use the opportunity to launch the SKIN book Simulating the Knowledge Dynamics of Innovation Networks that will have been just published by Springer. There will be a book launch event on the evening of the first workshop day.

Key Dates

  • Abstract submission: 6th January 2014
  • Notification of acceptance: 17th February 2014
  • Workshop: 22nd and 23rd May 2014


SKIN Organisers:

  • Prof. Petra Ahrweiler (EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment, Germany, EgovPoliNet partner)
  • Prof. Nigel Gilbert (Centre for Research on Social Simulation CRESS, University of Surrey, UK)
  • Prof. Andreas Pyka (Innovation Economics, University of Hohenheim, Germany)
  • Local Organiser:
  • Prof. George Kampis (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)

Programme Committee (to be confirmed):

Dirk Helbing, Wander Jager, Jeff Johnson, Paul Ormerod, Andrea Scharnhorst, Flaminio Squazzoni, Klaus G. Troitzsch, Matthias Weber, Maria Wimmer


For organisational queries, contact skin3@ea-aw.de and for general queries, contact Petra Ahrweiler at petra.ahrweiler@ea-aw.de.

13 Dec 2013

Special issue of "Foundations of Science" on "Philosophy and Complexity"

Foundations of Science
There is a special issue/section of the journal Foundations of Science on the topic "Philosophy and Complexity" (Volume 18, Issue 4, November 2013).  This follows the track on this topic at the ECCS 2010 conference in Lisbon.  The introduction to this is the paper "Philosophy and Complexity" by Gil Santos, the contributed papers follow this in this volume sequence (the first half is on a different topic).


8 Dec 2013

Survey Paper: Squazzoni, Jager and Edmonds "Social Simulation in the Social Sciences: A Brief Overview"

Squazzoni, F., Jager, W. & Edmonds, B. (online first), Social Simulation in the Social Sciences: A Brief Overview. Social Science Computer Review. DOI:10.1177/0894439313512975 

This is an overview of agent-based social simulation that resulted (loosely) from the 2013 ECMS track on Simulating Social Interaction.  It is written very much from the point of view of showing agent-based modelling can address issues of interest to social scientists.