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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Computational Social Science and Social Computer Science: Two Sides of the Same Coin, 23rd-24th June 2014, University of Surrey, UK

http://www.ias.surrey.ac.uk/workshops/computational/index.php


Social science concepts such as norms, markets and rationality have found their way into computer 
science in general and agent-based research in particular where they model coordination between 
largely independent autonomous computational entities. Vice versa, in the social sciences - 
sociology, philosophy, economics, legal science, etc. - computational models and their 
implementations have been used to investigate the rigour of theories and hypothesis.
 
The use of these social science concepts in computer science is sometimes on a more metaphorical 
level than a detailed implementation of the "real" concept and the theories surrounding it. 
Equally, the computer models used in the social sciences are not always convincing. At the same 
time, through the European Network for Social Intelligence the burgeoning of an interest in 
fundamentally re-thinking the modelling of social reality could be detected. This was supported 
by a new research initiative to re-question existing models, which indicated that although 
intelligence is well covered, sociality has been undermodelled as yet.
 
In order to overcome this problem and to facilitate future interaction of the two worlds, in 
March 2013 as first workshop  called SocialPath  was held. At this workshop key researchers 
from the different worlds were invited to discuss their ideas for integration. One main finding 
of this workshop was that computer science and social science do not need the richness of each 
others work at all times, which is why, together with the workshop participants, (1) we 
identified a set of scenarios which are scientifically relevant to both communities, and (2) 
analysed commonalities between these scenarios. 

Two particular questions identified in this way were the problem of the operationalization of 
human behaviour in realistic settings (where perfect rationality is not applicable anymore), 
as well as the modelling and analys is of interplay of bottom-up and top-down approaches to 
study complex systems. 

We invite contributions from all research disciplines that 

- describe social science theory-inspired computational models that aim to operationalize human 
behaviour in realistic set, or
 
- present theories of social theory of human behaviour in computational form, or 

- examine the value of models focussing on computation social science, social computer science 
and the relation between the two.
 
The workshop aims to provide a meeting point for researchers interested in the workshop topic 
with the aim of facilitating future interactions and research. There will therefore be ample 
time for discussion as well as for presentations.
 
Submission
 =================
 Papers should have a forward-looking perspective that contributes to the objectives of the 
workshop. They may take the form of a standard report on research but challenging position 
papers are especially welcome. The technicality of the papers should take the mixed audience 
into consideration. The paper should present unpublished work. 

The maximum length of for papers is 16 A4-sized pages in Springer LNCS format 
, but shorter papers are also very 
welcome. The paper should be in PDF format. Please submit via the online paper submission system 
Easychair .
 

Key Dates
 =================
 Submission deadline: 11th April 2014. 
Notification of acceptance: 11th May 2014 
Camera-ready versions due: 8th June 2014 
Registration opens: 23rd April 2014 
Registration closes: 1st June 2014 
Workshop: 23rd-24th June 2014