SSC 2018: August 20-24, 2018 in Stockholm

General information and important dates

Social Simulation 2018 is the 14th Annual Conference of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA). The conference is one of ESSA’s key activities to promote social simulation and computational social science.

Looking in the mirror is the theme of this conference. As the relatively young field/society enters puberty some critical self-reflection is sought by looking in the mirror ourselves, with relevant others. With high potential of having an identity crisis as well as moments of inspiration and insight, this conference aims to support during growing pains of a society in transformation towards proper scientific adulthood.


SSC 2018 seeks submissions for the following:

1. Abstracts (300 – 500 words; posters)
2. Extended Abstracts (3-4 pages; short oral presentations)
3. Full Papers (max. 12 pages; long oral presentations)
4. Special Tracks
5. Workshops
6. Round Tables

For points 1-3 submissions will be handled through EasyChair. For points 4-6, please use this email address: ADDRESS.

Abstracts, Extended Abstracts, and Full Papers
– Abstract, Extended Abstract, Full Paper Submission Deadline: 30 March
– Abstract, Extended Abstract, Full Paper Notification of Acceptance: 14 May
– Abstract, Extended Abstract, Full Paper Final Version Submission: 11 June

SSC 2018 seeks high-quality submissions addressing original research on social simulation / computational social science (see below a list of topics). All work must be original, i.e. must not have appeared in conference proceedings, books, or journals and may not be under review for other archival conferences, books, or journals.

All accepted submissions will be included in the proceedings (the Organizing Committee is in contact with Springer) unless the author(s) choose(s) otherwise.  A number of full papers will be invited to submit revised versions to various journals with which the Organizing Committee is in contact with (e.g. JASSS, JAAMAS).

SSC 2018 solicits extended abstracts and full papers for the following special tracks:

1) ESSA@work
2) Blue Sky Ideas
3) ESSA Special Interest Groups tracks
4) Other special tracks (as submitted following the procedure described below)

Posters will be displayed during the entire conference period and will be presented during a dedicated session.

At least one of the authors of each submission is required to register, attend, and present the poster/paper at the conference.

* ESSA@work

ESSA@work stands for discussing work-in-progress. It is a workshop concept where any modeller can receive and give support on simulation work-in-progress while being part of a self-organising group. ESSA@work aims to create space for in-depth discussions and returning back to your desk with some concrete answers to your questions.
Submit a full paper or an extended abstract to the conference. Submissions can be flagged to be presented as ESSA@work during the submission stage of your conference contribution (extended abstract or paper). In this case, the authors will be prompted with a request to provide an additional paragraph (250 words) detailing a problem or specific question that the participant would like to discuss in the ESSA@work session and some information on background and skills.

* Blue Sky Ideas

Visionary ideas, long-term challenges, new research opportunities, and controversial debate are at the core of this track. We encourage submissions of innovative, risky, and provocative ideas, which are clearly presented, rigorously developed, and critically reflected upon. Preliminary work or submissions reporting on existing approaches will not be accepted for this track. Accepted papers would reflect on: the use of social simulation and computational social science in solving contemporary challenges; new, forgotten, or underrepresented methodologies and application areas; their potential opportunities and risks; and on the future of the research area and its community within the broader social sciences and computing domains.

Special Tracks

– Special Track Proposal Deadline: 31 January
– Special Track Notification of Acceptance: 09 February

Special tracks will be held in parallel during the conference. A special track consists of a group of papers in a sub-area of the larger domain of social simulation and computational social science. ESSA Special Interest Groups, as well as interested persons, are encouraged to propose such special tracks. Proposals should include: a special track title; a draft of the special track call for papers; the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the track chairs. A successful special track will consist of at least 2-3 extended abstracts and/or full papers.


– Workshop Proposal Deadline: 20 April
– Workshop Notification of Acceptance: 07 May

Workshops aim to offer a wide perspective on social simulation by means of a “hands-on” approach. The topic of the workshop can be: a) disciplinary (thematic, e.g. sustainability, or methodological, e.g. introduction to Repast); b) career development (e.g. how to succeed publishing in the social simulation domain). Proposals should include the title of the workshop and a 150-word description of the topic.

Round Tables

– Round Table Proposal Deadline: 20 April
– Round Table Notification of Acceptance: 07 May

The aim of round tables is to present topics and problems currently seen as shaping the nature of the domain. At a round table a pre-constituted panel discusses issues of fairly general scholarly or professional interest in front of (and subsequently with) an audience. Thus, round tables are not sequences of papers, but debate sessions. Proposals should include the title of the round table, a 150-word description of the topic, and the names and affiliations of at least three participants (including the convenor).


In addition to posters, papers presentations, workshops, and round tables, SSC 2018 aims to include:

– PhD Colloquium
– Invited talks
– Competition & Hackathon
– Allocation of awards: Best Paper, Best Student Paper, Best Poster, Best PhD Thesis, “Rosaria Conte” Outstanding Award for Social Simulation
– Social events

Keep an eye on the next ESSA newsletter for more news and details about SSC 2018! If you want to subscribe to this newsletter, send an e-mail to
We are looking forward to seeing you all in Stockholm in August 2018!

We wish you all happy holidays and all the best for the new year!


Committee Chair:
Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Committee Members:
Melania Borit (University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)
Giangiacomo Bravo (Linnæus University, Sweden)
Nanda Wijermans (Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden)



The conference topics include, but are not limited to, the following list. Unlisted but related topics are also acceptable, provided that they fit in the domain of Social Simulation.

Tools and methods
·         Advanced distributed computing, Agent ontologies,
·         Agent-embodied artificial intelligence, Participatory and Human-in-the-Loop simulations,
·         Approaches of aggregating-disaggregating problems,
·         Coupling simulations and optimization methods,
·         Data analysis software for simulations,
·         Data generating models,
·         Experiment design and data farming for simulations,
·         Model replication, verification and validation,
·         Programming computational frameworks,
·         Role playing games and social simulation,
·         Simulation meta-models,
·         Social simulation and laboratory experiments,
·         Socially inspired software applications (peer-to-peer, distributed trust etc.),
·         Social simulation and software design,
·         Advanced computing technologies (e.g. the grid) and social simulation,
·         Statistical and data mining techniques for simulated data,
·         Techniques for visualizing, interpreting and analyzing simulation outputs.
·         Using qualitative data to inform behavioural rules in social simulation

Applications of Agent-based Modelling
·         Agent-based computational economics and finance,
·         Archaeology and History,
·         Cognitive models and social simulation,
·         Coupled human-natural systems,
·         Crisis management,
·         Demographic change simulation,
·         Emergence and evolution of institutions,
·         Emergence of social structures and norms,
·         Epidemiology and pharmacoeconomics,
·         Group decisions and collective behaviour,
·         Information and opinion dynamics,
·         Innovation diffusion,
·         Integrated social/physical modelling for environmental policy,
·         Market design, mechanism design & auctions,
·         Market dynamics and consumer behaviour,
·         Policy issues,
·         Privacy, safety and security,
·         Public policy and regulatory issues,
·         Resource management and environmental practices,
·         Resource management, environmental practices & policy,
·         Social and regional disparities,
·         Social complexity,
·         Social conflict and cooperation,
·         Social heterogeneity and scaling issues,
·         Social media and volunteered information,
·         Social networks and their dynamics, Computational organization theory,
·         Social-spatial segregation modelling,
·         Societal transitions,
·         Trust and norm dynamics, reputation.



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