CCS’19 SATELLITE WORKSHOP

COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE

THE ECOLOGICAL APPROACH TO SOCIAL COMPLEXITY

Singapore, 2-3 October 2019

ABOUT

For the last 10 to 15 years, data from Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, and weblogs have been shown to strongly correlate to, and even predict, elections, opinions, attitudes, movie revenues, and oscillations in the stock market, to cite a few examples. In this context, data from technology-mediated social collectives is taking an important role in the advancement of social science, under the cross-disciplinary effort of Computational Social Science. The general aim of this satellite (one of the oldest satellite series of CCS, active since 2013) is to address the question of ICT-mediated social phenomena emerging over multiple scales, ranging from the interactions of individuals to the emergence of self-organized global movements. On the other hand, this year’s edition intends to highlight the contribution of an ecological approach to computational social science. Indeed, data on economy, online labour markets and collaborative platforms (e.g. Github) have started, recently, to attract attention regarding the possibility to model them from an ecological perspective. The underlying idea is that such systems may be, at least partially, driven by cooperative-competitive dynamics, which strongly resemble those shaping the evolution of mutualistic ecosystems where, for example, insects compete among them – but hold mutually beneficial interactions with plants.

We would like to gather researchers from different disciplines and methodological backgrounds to form a forum to discuss ideas, research questions, recent results, and future challenges in this emerging area of research and public interest.

Broad topics in Computational Social Science (day 1 - October 2nd):

  • Dynamics of social contagion.
  • Online communication and (mis)information diffusion.
  • Interdependent social contagion processes.
  • Peer production and mass collaboration.
  • Viral propagation in online social networks.
  • Crowd-sourcing; herding behaviour vs. wisdom of crowds.
  • Online socio-political mobilizations.
  • Temporal and geographical patterns of information diffusion.
  • E-democracy and online government-citizen interaction.
  • Group formation, evolution and group behaviour analysis.
  • Modelling, tracking and forecasting dynamic groups in social media.
  • Community detection and dynamic community structure analysis.
  • Social simulation, and cultural, opinion, and normative dynamics.
  • Empirical calibration and validation of agent-based social models.
  • Online and lab experiments.
  • Hierarchical structure and ranking dynamics in society.

The ecological special focus includes the following questions (day 2 - October 3rd):

  • Nestedness and in-block nestedness in social and economic systems.
  • Bipartite and d-partite social systems.
  • Information ecosystems.
  • Producer-consumer interactions.
  • Ecological modelling of Information Systems.
  • Ecological interactions in cooperative platforms and the online labour market.
  • Emergent patterns in social-ecological systems.

SUBMISSION

Submissions will be made by sending one A4 page abstract in pdf via email. The deadline for abstract submission is 5th July 2019, 11.59pm anywhere in the world. The contributions to the event will be evaluated by the programme committee through a peer review process that will account for the scientific quality as well as for the relevance of the contribution to the aims of the satellite. The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via e-mail by 10th July 2019.

REGISTRATION

All the participants of the satellite meeting (with or without abstract submission) must register for the Conference on Complex Systems 2019. The Early Bird registration deadline is 31st July 2019.

SPEAKERS

Day 1 - October 2nd:

Marta C. Gonzalez
Environmental Design - UC Berkeley

Alain Barrat
Centre de Physique Théorique, CNRS, France

José J. Ramasco
IFISC-CSIC, Spain

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Day 2 - October 3rd:

Henrik Jeldtoft Jensen
Centre for Complexity Science - Imperial College London

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PROGRAM

(TBA)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Taha Yasseri (OII, University of Oxford, UK)

Samir Suweis (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy)

Albert Solé-Ribalta (IN3-UOC, Catalonia)

Sandro Meloni (IFISC-CSIC, Spain)

Márton Karsai (ENS de Lyon, INRIA, France)

Gerardo Iñiguez (Central European University, Hungary)

Javier Borge-Holthoefer (IN3-UOC, Catalonia)

CONTACT

Please send your inquiries and questions to this email address.