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Agent-based models and complex techno-social systems
July 2-4, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Social life is increasingly characterized by interdependencies among actors, which give rise to self-organization, feedback-loops, unpredictable and unexpected system behavior, and other complex dynamics. Providing novel and fast ways through which the behavior of individuals may have implications for the behavior of others, information and communication technologies (ICT) seem to dramatically emphasize these tendencies. Agent-based modeling promises to be a major tool for a better understanding of such complexities that fundamentally challenge the way social phenomena are approached. The workshop invites contributions of cutting-edge research that draws on such techniques or on empirical data to study interdependencies in social life, with a special focus on techno-social systems.

Topics for potential contributions include (but are not limited to):

- Agent-based simulation of techno-social systems
- Self-organization of techno-social systems
- Modeling of techno-social systems
- Social experiments using techno-social systems
- Combining agent-based models with empirical data
- Tools for agent-based modeling
- Opinion dynamics
- Peer-to-peer networks
- Social media


- Michael Macy (Cornell University)
- Angel (Anxo) Sánchez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
- Frank Schweitzer (ETH Zurich)
- Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey)
- Johan Pouwelse (Delft University)
- Akira Namatame (National Defense Academy, Japan)
- Peter Hedstrom* (Institute for Futures Studies)
- Felix Reed-Tsochas* (University of Oxford)
- Alessandro Vespignani* (Indiana University Bloomington)
- Rosaria Conte* (Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology)
- Rainer Hegselmann* (University of Bayreuth)

(* to be confirmed)

We look forward to meeting you!


- Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich)
- Thomas Grund (ETH Zurich)


Extended abstracts (700-1000 words) should be submitted by March 31, and receive notice of acceptance is given by April 15, 2012. Full papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal “Advances in Complex Systems” (published by World Scientific). If you wish to be considered for this publication option, a full paper (15-30 pages) needs to be submitted by July 1, 2012.

Please submit your abstract and paper with EasyChair using the following link:

Further information can be found on the website ( If you have additional questions please contact Dirk Helbing ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) or Thomas Grund ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

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