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ESSA 2011

September 19-23, 2011
Montpellier - France

Scholars interested in the emergence of social simulation as a methodology in many research fields and disciplines should come to The 7th European Social Simulation Association Conference. It will be the opportunity to present new results and exchange experience with the leading researchers.

 Papers and presentations will focus on a wide range of actual research from very abstract artificial societies to empirical models, from methodological advances to simulation results and their comparison with evidence, from theoretical developments on decisions, networks, collective action, and policies to the lessons of simulations for decision-makers. 


A selection of the regular papers will be published in the post-proceedings. Following the tradition of previous ESSA conferences best papers will be published in journal and books.


The topics include, but are not limited to:

General social models and their properties:

Social networks and their dynamics
Information and opinion dynamics
Trust, reputation and norm dynamics
Conflict and cooperation
Coupling social and natural dynamics
Group decisions and collective behaviours
Emergence and evolution of institutions
● Social emergencies and social failures (crime, corruption, social unrest, financial crises, conflict, etc.)

● Agent-based Computational Economics
● Cultural and cultures' dynamics and evolution
Opinion dynamics
● The wisdom-of-crowds and P2Pthe wisdom-of-crowds and P2P stuff
Epistemological issues in agent-based simulation
Ethical issues for simulation
Specific models derived from case studies or experiments:
Resource management and environnemental practices
Market dynamics and consumer behaviour
Simulation of experimental studies (experimental economics, psycho-sociology)
Innovation diffusion
Policy impact simulation
Electronically mediated social systems
· Simulated ethology and comparative studies
 ·   Simulating history, case studies and non-evenemential processes
Tools and methods:
Programming computational frameworks
Agent-based simulation of social phenomena
Model replication and validation
Statistical techniques for result interpretation
Simulation experiment software
Participatory modelling and social simulation


  •  Keynote speakers

    Alan Kirman 
    Nils Ferrand 
    Dirk Helbing
    Frank Dignum

    Specific sessions

    Student prizes

    Bursaries, awards, Volterra prize 

    Symposium Chairpersons

    Jean-Pierre Muller
    François Bousquet 

    Co-located events:

    International Conference on Reputation (ICORE)
    Training on Agent-Based Models 

    Any question?