Sessions

  • Organizers: Wybo Wiersma, Klaas Sys and Anouk Mertens

    The aim of this Colloquium is to have a low entry – which does not imply low level – interactive, single day event for and by PhD students. It will be a unique opportunity for PhD students to speak, practice your presentation, shoot ideas, and ask basic and/or difficult modelling questions to fellow PhD students in a relaxed atmosphere. You will also have the chance to learn about the review process and off course, to get to know each other!

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  • Session Chairs:
    Juliette Rouchier (LAMSADE, CNRS, University Paris-Dauphine )
    Denis Phan (GEMASS, CNRS Univerity Paris-Sorbonne)

    In knowledge engineering, ontology is a specification of a conceptualization of a given domain. It deals with the formalization of the objects of knowledge in that domain: abstract types of ontological elements or objects are defined, together with their relations. If we consider Agent Based Models as a particular form of domain, ontology can be viewed as a step in the process of formalizing the model. More specifically, the process of building ontology could be a mediator between model makers and domains experts to formalize ABM. Ontologies are also used for assessment and evaluation of ABM. Such use of ontologies, defined by an “ontological test”, crossing philosophical and computer science insights, helps to solve questions of verification and comparison during the process of model building.

  • ­­ESSA Special Interest Group on “Socio-Ecological Issues of Sustainable Development”

    Session Chairs:
    Roman Seidl, ETH Zurich, Institute for Environmental Decisions, Switzerland
    Tatiana Filatova, University of Twente, Netherlands

    The ESSA SIG on Socio-Ecological Issues of Sustainable Development aims to bring together researches using spatially explicit agent-based modelling to explore spatial, environmental and ecological-economic issues. At this year’s Social Simulation Conference we propose a thematic focus on socio-economic models for sustainability.
    Understanding sustainable development in different domains such as environmentally, socially, individually and economically and the complex interactions between these domains is a challenge for recent research.

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  • with the support of the ESSA Special Interest Group on “Cognitive Models in Social Simulation”

    Chairs:
    Franco Bagnoli (University of Florence)
    Leonardo Bocchi (University of Florence)
    Francesca Giardini (University of Groningen)

    Social simulation has cognitive agent behaviour at its core. The goal of this session is that of attracting researchers working on cognitive models in social simulation, including architectures, decision rules, learning abilities and decision models.

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  • ESSA Special Interest Group on Education

    Session Chairs:
    Emile Chappin (TU Delft)
    Edmund Chattoe-Brown (University of Leicester)

    This session aims to attract extended abstracts, papers and posters that deal with social simulation in education. As the SIG Education recently started, we see this as a first opportunity to get inspired to educate social simulation to a broader setting than only universities.

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  • Session Chairs:
    Petra Ahrweiler (EA European Academy)
    Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey)
    Andreas Pyka (University of Hohenheim)

    This session invites papers presenting SKIN-based models, or models inspired by SKIN – be it positively or negatively. The session will provide specific opportunities for early career researchers who have already started on a simulation project in the area of simulating knowledge dynamics and who want to discuss their work.

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  • Session Chairs:
    Petra Ahrweiler (EA European Academy)
    Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey)

    A session organised by the ESSA Special Interest Group (SIG) “Policy Modelling“

    There are still heavy barriers to the uptake of models by policymakers. It is difficult to validate models to the degree required to derive reliable policy recommendations. Furthermore, there are communication problems between modellers and policymakers; their interaction is difficult due to different action logics, requirements, agendas, time horizons etc. It is difficult to explain how powerful models are, and where are their limitations. We look for contributions demonstrating how these issues have been dealt with in the models presented.

  • ESSA Special Interest Group on Computational Organisation Theory

    Session chair:
    César García-Díaz (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia)
    Abhijit Sengupta (University of Essex)

    Computational organisation theory involves understanding organisational processes by means of computer simulation. It considers organisations as complex adaptive systems where the processes of organising are dependent on factors such as structural interdependencies among organisational subunits and individual behaviour. Both intra-organisational issues (e.g., relationship between organisational structure and performance characteristics) and inter-organisational processes (e.g., firm strategy and competition dynamics) are of interest to this session.

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  • ESSA Special Interest Group SSSG – Social simulation and serious games

    Session chairs:
    Melania Borit, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway)
    Harko Verhagen, Stockholm University, Sweden

    This special session focuses on the interplay between social simulation and serious games. We wish to bring together researchers working on both fields to a crossroads at which synergies will be created between the two areas. In SSSG, we investigate how the fields of social simulation and serious games are linked.

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  • Session chairs:
    Melania Borit, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway) and Cezara Pastrav (Matis, Iceland)

    Overall, world fisheries are unsustainable, with almost 90% of stocks being over exploited or fully exploited. Improved and innovative management solutions are required if this critical situation is to be remedied. Since management is about people, not fish, integrating social sciences aspects into the modelling of fisheries as a socio-ecological complex system might be such a new way of thinking about fisheries management. We are interested in solutions that look at fisheries as socio-ecological complex systems, with a focus on the social behavior components of the system.

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  • ESSA Special Interest Group Qual2Rule – Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules

    Session chairs:
    Melania Borit, University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway)
    Roman Seidl (Institute for Environmental Decisions, Switzerland)

    Many academics consider qualitative evidence (e.g. texts gained from transcribing someone talking or observations of people) and quantitative evidence to be incommensurable. However agent-based simulations are a possible vehicle for bridging this gap. Narrative textual evidence often gives clues as to the in-context behavior of individuals and is thus a natural source for behaviors to inform the specification of corresponding agent behavior within simulations.

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  • PEERE Session on “Social simulation of peer review”

    Session chairs:
    Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Brescia)
    Francisco Grimaldo (University of Valencia)

    Supported by the COST Action PEERE (New Frontiers of Peer Review, www.peere.org), this session aims to attract contributions that apply social simulation to understanding peer review in science.

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