Call: Social Simulation 2018, 14th Annual Conference of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA)

Call for Papers

Social Simulation 2018 (SSC 2018)
14th Annual Conference of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA)
August 20-24, 2018
Stockholm, Sweden

Submission deadline: 30 March, 2018

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 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.

Papers categories:

SSC 2018 seeks submissions for the following papers categories:

  • Full Paper (max. 12 pages)
  • Extended Abstract (3-4 pages)
  • Abstract (300 – 500 words)

SSC 2018 seeks high-quality submissions addressing original research on social simulation / computational social science. 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. A list of topics relevant for SSC2018 can be found below the signatures, at the end of this call.

All accepted submissions will be published in conference 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 (e.g.  JASSS, Simulation & Games, Environmental Modelling and Software Journal, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, Ecology and society).

For the Full Papers and Extended Abstracts to be part of the conference proceedings, at least one of the author of each accepted submissions is required to attend the conference to present the work. The corresponding author will be notified by email about acceptance or rejection by 14 May, 2018. Authors are able to incorporate the feedback from the reviews and make their submission camera-ready before June 11, 2018. Posters will be displayed during the entire conference period and will be presented during a dedicated session.

Submissions can be, if desired, designated for the following tracks:

  1. ESSA@work track
  2. Blue Sky Ideas track
  3. Special tracks

Submission procedure:

Submit your paper using the EasyChair submission system: The system closes on 30 March 2018.

Formatting guidelines:

All submissions must be formatted using the LNCS guidelines; templates can be found at: .

The uploaded file should be in PDF format. Submissions received after the deadline or that do not meet the length or formatting requirements will not be considered for review.

Important dates:

Conference submissions (paper, extended abstract & poster abstract)
30 Mar: Submission deadline
14 May: Notification of acceptance
11 Jun: Camera-ready version for proceedings (papers & extended abstracts)

Workshops & roundtables
20 Apr: Proposal deadline
07 May: Notification

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!


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 metamodels,
  • 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 behaviors,
  • 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 modeling,
  • Societal transitions,
  • Trust and norm dynamics, reputation.


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