University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey

Computational Social Science and Social Computer Science: Two Sides of the Same Coin

23 June 2014 - 24 June 2014



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.


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.



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