Call For Papers: Simulation of Complex Social Systems (SiCoSSys track- SCSC 2012)

Track Description

Agent oriented modelling provides a conceptual framework for analysis and simulation of complex social systems. This comes from the fact that agent related concepts allow the representation of organizational and behavioural aspects of individuals in a society and their interactions.

This has motivated in the last years the development of a wide range of software languages/shells/libraries to simulate agent-based models. This workshop intends to promote discussion on theories, methods, and tools for agent-based modelling and simulation of complex social systems. This discussion should lead to the identification of key research issues in this novel domain:
1. Complexity and Agent Based Simulation. Simulation of complex systems. Simulation of ABM and GIS, Social Networks, Human-subject experimentation. Contributions from Social Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics. ABM for policy-makers.
2. Conceptual and Methodological issues concerning the social sciences practitioners. Modelling facilities. Threats and opportunities for computer scientists and social scientists cooperation. Rigour and Replication in social simulation. Statistical and Software validation.
3. Scalability of agent based simulations. Limitations for Agent Based Simulation. Is there a need for a grid-based agent-based simulation platform?

Key Dates
Special session proposals January 16, 2012
Submission of papers February 1, 2012
Notification of Acceptance March 15, 2012
Final Submission April 16, 2012
Author’s Instructions
The conference committee will accept three types of papers (as listed below) submitted as a PDF file by using the conference submission system. Final version of all the papers MUST COMPLY with the SCS conference format. All the submitted papers will be peer reviewed with respect to their quality, originality and relevance.
The authors of the accepted paper MUST register in advance for inclusion of their paper in the conference proceedings.
1. Full manuscript: 8 pages in final conference format. In addition to publication in the conference proceedings, they will be considered for best paper award and for possible inclusion in a Special Issue of the Simulation Journal (SCS). Full papers will be published both in hard copy and CD-ROM.
2. Work in Progress: Short papers up to 6 pages in final conference format
3. Short Papers: Papers with industrial focus, military or government applications, and work-in-progress in abstract or short paper format.
Each paper must include the title, authors, affiliations, addresses, references and abstract for proper positioning in the conference. Only original papers, written in English, which have not been published previously elsewhere, will be accepted. Please indicate which conference topic is most appropriate.
Please note that in case of acceptance, your final manuscript will need to be submitted electronically as a PDF file to the conference website by the deadline to guarantee inclusion in the conference CD and final program. Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the conference, present their work to their peers, transfer copyright, and pay a conference registration fee at the time their camera-ready paper is submitted. All papers will be included in the conference proceedings and archived in both the SCS digital library and the ACM Digital Library; Full Papers will be also printed in hard copy.

For further information please contact José I. Santos (, Luis R. Izquierdo ( or

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