SSC2022 workshops

Workshop 1: ESSA@work
Chairs: ESSA@work Team
ESSA@work is a workshop where participants can present their model (at any stage of development as long as at least partially implemented and explored) in a constructive atmosphere to get feedback and suggestions for improvements and developments from two expert modellers and the whole audience. Please, read a full description of the workshop with instructions and deadlines from the organisers here. To apply to this workshop, please follow this link here.

Workshop 2: An introduction to agent-based simulations in Julia language
Chair: Bogumił Kamiński (Warsaw School of Economics, Poland)
This workshop aims to show how Julia language can be used to create agent-based simulations in the social sciences. We will present how selected simple models can be implemented in the Julia language using the Agents.jl framework.

Workshop 3: Artificial utopias (Agent-based models of utopian societies)
Chair: Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, United Kingdom)
This workshop addressed the use of agent-based models to articulate utopias in a formal, reproducible and transparent
way in any area and at any level of abstraction, including, for instance, post-capitalist economies, post-nation state worlds, algorithmic money and post-money societies and any new utopias never previously presented. Critical discussion and opinion pieces are welcome. It follows a previous workshop entitled “Envisioning Post-Capitalist Societies via Simulation – Critique, Utopias and Agent Based Modelling”.

Workshop 4: Using interdisciplinary co-simulation for modeling socio-technical energy systems
Chair: Sebastian Hoffmann (TU Dortmund University, Germany)
This workshop addressed the use of co-simulation approaches to couple simulation models
from different domains, programming languages and programming approaches into an integrated simulation to examine socio-technical energy systems. It will present: the cosimulation framework mosaik1; Demod2 as library for bottom-up domestic energy demand; SimCo for the analysis of residential technology adoption; and SKIQ for modeling innovation processes and networks. In order to present integrated simulation scenarios, these models will be coupled via mosaik with an
industry model for energy supply and demand and SIMONA, an agent-based, discrete event simulation environment for modern power distribution grids.

Workshop 5: Building a trial for sharing re-usable building blocks (RBBs) for agent-based modeling
Chairs: Volker Grimm & Uta Berger, Andrew Bell (Boston University, USA), Tatiana Filatova, Allen Lee, Michael Barton, Laura Swantek, Ferdinanda Wijermans
This workshop aims to present a repository of reusable building blocks (RBB) to stimulate reuse of computational code. RBBs are sub-models of certain behaviors and processes which are likely to be important for many ABMs in a given discipline or application, e.g., foraging in ecology, farming decisions in land use models, or households’ decisions to install solar panels. An open access library of commonly used RBBs could rely on a solid theoretical microfoundations for agents rules of actions and interactions, be tested in different empirical SES contexts, and improve evolutionarily over time. Established RBBs would have known properties, be well-tested by the community, and be reusable in different contexts. In this session, we discuss a workflow for contributing candidate (usable, reproducible) RBBs, and conduct a set of group exercises to help identify critical processes for self-sustaining RBB sharing, including standardization of uploads, web-based resources, version control, and incentives for contributions (uploading, reviewing, rating).

Workshop 6: The ethics of agent-based social simulations
Chair: David Anzola (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia), Peter Barbrook-Johnson (Oxford University, United Kingdom) & Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
This workshop aims to promote a collective critical discussion of: (i) the ethical challenges faced during the modelling process, (ii) the connection these challenges have with other scientific domains and areas of research, and (iii) the possible means of ethics regulation in the field. It aims to identify sources of ethical concern in agent-based social simulation, consider advantages and disadvantages of different alternatives of ethical regulation and advance in the formulation of code of ethics.

SSC2022 special tracks

Track 1: Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules in agent-based models
Chair: Melania Borit (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway), Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
This track welcomes any submission explicitly addressing the use of qualitative data in modelling and seeking to move from qualitative evidence towards simulation more systematically.

Track 2: Agent-based models of social networks
Chairs: Federico Bianchi (University of Milan, Italy), Filip Agneessens (University of Trento, Italy), Andreas Flache (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) & Károly Takács (Linköping University, Sweden)
This track welcomes any submission presenting ABMs that relate macro-level outcomes, such as opinion polarization, social inequality, social conflicts, or economic collaboration, with social network dynamics, including research bridging theoretical ABM, empirical data and statistical models of network generating processes (e.g., ERGM, SAOM).

Track 3: Social identity approach modelling
Chairs: Nanda Wijermans (Stockholm University, Sweden) & Geeske Scholz (Osnabrück University, Germany)
This track welcomes any submission including an agent-based model that applies Social Identity Approach (SIA) to simulate group belonging, behaviour and interaction, with a particular interest on reflections on how model formalisation choices.

Track 4: Social and behavioral models for climate change mitigation and adaptation
Chairs: Leila Niamir (IIASA-International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Vienna) & Tatiana Filatova (TU Delft, The Netherlands) &
This track welcomes any submission presenting behavioral and social climate-economics simulations to explore the impact of climate change and the potential of mitigating and adaptation strategies.

Track 5: Mapping behaviour of states in international relations and international law
Chair: Katharina Luckner (University of Hamburg, Germany) & Veronika Fikfak (University of Copenhagen, Denmark; University of Hamburg, Germany)
This special track brings together papers that seek to simulate behaviour of states in international relations and international law. We are specifically interested in two types of state behaviour: Behaviour of states in interaction with other states, particularly how states adapt, learn, or are influenced by the behaviour of other states; behaviour of states as a result of the conduct of agents within the state, i.e., how behaviors of states depend on the actions of heterogeneous actors at different levels.

Track 6: Experiments and ABMs
Chairs: Bill Rand (North Carolina State University, USA), Dino Carpentras (University of Limerick, Ireland) & Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Milan, Italy)
This track welcomes any submission presenting an example of integration of (lab, field, online) experiments and ABMs. Concrete examples of experimental data used to calibrate or validate agent-based models as well as ABMs used to inform experimental research are welcome. Epistemological and methodological contributions are also welcome.

Track 8: Interdisciplinary modelling and simulation of the multilevel energy system and its transformation
Chair: Sebastian Hoffmann (TU Dortmund University, Germany)
This track welcomes any submission that presents interdisciplinary, simulation-based approaches to investigate the energy system and its socio-technical transition, including inter-levels and scales modelling, co-simulations and stakeholder and public policy applications.

Track 9: Multiscale ABSS method for social policy making
Chair: Toshiya Kaihara (Kobe University, Japan)
This track welcomes any submission presenting multi-scale, agent-based social simulation (ABSS) that examines relevant policy making in various domains, including COVID-19 data-driven or model-driven approaches.

Track 10: Modelling human deliberation for social simulation
Chairs: Lois Vanhée (Umeå universitet, Sweden), Frank Dignum (Umeå University, Sweden), Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) & Arvid Horned (Umeå University, Sweden)
This track welcomes any submission including authentic and realistic features of human deliberation in their models. Theories & models”, “methods & engineering” and “survey & visions” papers that discuss the trade-off between computational constraints and simulation realism are particularly welcome.

Track 11: Social simulation and the energy transition
Chair: Tristan de Wildt & Emile Chappin (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
This track welcomes any submission showcasing social simulation models related to the energy transition. Research that fills the gap between social simulation and energy models, possibly exploring the timeline and scope of decision-making processes, is particularly welcome.

Track 12: NISE: Norms and institutions in the social environment
Chair: Amineh Ghorbani (TU Delft, The Netherlands) & Christopher Frantz (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
This track welcomes any submission addressing the modelling of social norms, institutions, values, social practices and environment. Case-studies and applications, attention to norm dynamics, as well as general frameworks and methodological contributions (e.g., verification and validation) are welcome.

Track 13: Agent-based modeling and simulation in management and economics: Opportunities, challenges, and

Chairs: Stephan Leitner (University of Klagenfurt, Austria), Ilaria Giannoccaro (Politecnico di Bari) & Friederike Wall (University of Klagenfurt)
This track welcomes any submission show-casing the impact of agent-based models in management and economics. Contributions addressing innovative applications and exploring the link between data science and ABMs are welcome. More detail on this track’s call here.

Track 14: Social simulation and games
Chair: Melania Borit (UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway), Timo Szczepanska (UiT The Arctic University of Norway) and Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University)
As part of the ESSA Special Interest Group Social Simulation and Games, this track welcomes any submission that explores the link between games and agent-based models, including demos and walkthroughs. Contributions addressing game design problems and illustrating examples of success and failure are welcome.

Track 15: Social simulation of science
Chair: Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Milan, Italy)
As a follow up of a completed COST Action (i.e., PEERE), this track welcomes any submission that explores science dynamics and processes with agent-based models and simulation in general. Contributions estimating large-scale implications of scientist behaviour, using data to inform model parameters and discussing relevant innovations in peer review, scientific collaboration or institutional decision making are welcome.

Track 16: Inverse Generative Social Science: Philosophy, Technology, and Applications.
Chairs: Joshua M. Epstein & Erez Hatna (NYU Laboratory on Agent-Based Modeling, New York University College of Global Public Health, USA)
As a follow up of a previous workshop (e.g., Inverse Generative Social Science Workshop 2021), this track welcomes any submission that explores agents as model output instead of input. Contributions that explore the space of possible agent constituents (i.e., rules, parameters) and possible mathematical and logical concatenations to identify the fittest agent architectures using genetic programming, decision trees, causal state modeling, associative rules and other techniques from machine learning and AI, are particularly welcome.