Social simulation is one way to glimpse the future of our society that has not been seen before. Even in the days of big-data, the future is difficult to predict particularly if there are anticipated changes which will affect the course of individuals’ lives fundamentally. Major national policies in welfare; unseen disasters and our preparedness against them; significant changes in our economies; and paradigm and cultural shifts in our societies will influence individuals within a society, and the changes of individuals will create an emergent and systematic turbulence within our society.
These significant and fundamental changes cannot be easily predicted with only data analysis because such data analysis relies on believing that the past behavior would be observed in the future, as well. If we aims at analyzing our future society before and after the major paradigm shifts for individuals, we have to model the individuals; the interactions and the structures of our society; and finally the paradigm shift events. We will use our data as well as modelers’ knowledge and understanding on our society to virtually recreate and simulate our society, which are the fundamental goal of social simulations.
This special session is a place where researchers and practitioners share ideas on the methodologies and the applications of social simulations. Our interested topics are enumerated in the below, yet submissions in the relevant fields are welcome.
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