2015 Social Simulation Conference (SSC)

Dear all,

I would like to invite you to consider submitting a paper for two special sessions at the 2015 Social Simulation Conference (SSC):Modelling Social Science Aspects of Fisheries and SIG Qual2Rule – Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules. The conference will take place from September 14-18 in Groningen, The Netherlands and the current deadline for full papers, extended abstracts and posters is set to April 13th.

Modelling social science aspects of fisheries

Fisheries worldwide are in a bad shape, with almost 90% of the stocks being overexploited or fully exploited. This critical situation requires a new way of thinking about fisheries management. Integrating social sciences aspects into the modelling of fisheries as a socio-ecological complex system might be such a direction. Fisheries management is about managing people and not fish, therefore analyzing social behavior in the fisheries context might result in better management solutions. Submissions focusing on any aspects of fisheries management are welcome, including (but not restricted to): social norms and self organization of fishers, applications of Ostrom’s suggestions for managing social commons, simulations that combine complex representations of society and complex ecological models, simulations as public educational tools, participatory simulations of fisheries.

ESSA Special Interest Group Qual2Rule – Using qualitative data to inform behavioral rules

Many academics consider qualitative evidence (e.g. texts gained from transcribing someone talking or observations of people) and quantitative evidence to be incommensurable. However agent-based simulations are a possible vehicle for bridging this gap. Narrative textual evidence often gives clues as to the in-context behavior of individuals and is thus a natural source for behaviors to inform the specification of corresponding agent behavior within simulations. They will not give a complete picture of this, but they will provide some of “menu” of behaviors that people use. In this SIG we hope to further understanding of how to do this better. It is open to all approaches that seek to move from qualitative evidence towards a simulation in a systematic way. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Approaches based in Grounded Theory.
* Tools for facilitating such a process.
* Participatory processes that result in a simulation.
* Frameworks for aiding the analysis of text into rules.
* Elication techniques that would aid the capture of information in an appropriate structure.
* Models and ideas from psychology to aid in the above process.
* Insights and tools from Natural Language processing that may help this process.
* Agent architectures that will facilitate the programming of agents from such analyses.
* Philosophical or Sociological critiques of this project, pointing out assumptions and dangers.
* Examples of where this approach has been tried​

Your contribution to any these two sessions is welcome! When submitting your work on any of these topics in Easychair, you are kindly asked you to select one of these sessions. You can do so by ticking the relevant box at the end of the submission form.

Kind regards,

Melania.