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SBP-BRiMS 2020

2020 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation 

July 14-17, 2020,

Lehman Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA




SBP-BRiMS is an interdisciplinary computational social science conference focused on both modeling complex socio-technical systems and using computational techniques to reason about and study complex socio-technical systems.  The participants in this conference take part in forming the conversation on how computation is shaping the modern world and helping us to better understand and reason about human behavior. Both papers addressing basic research and those addressing applied research are accepted.   All methodological approaches are encouraged; however, the vast majority of papers use computer simulation, network analysis or machine learning as the method of choice in addressing human social and behavioral activities.  At the conference, these paper presentations are complemented by data science challenge problems, demonstrations of new technologies, and a government funding panel.

All papers are qualified for the Best Paper Award. Papers with student first authors will be considered for the Best Student Paper Award. Those receiving these awards will be invited to publish an extended version in a special issue of the journal Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory.


Regular Paper Submission: 21-February-2020 (Midnight EST)
Author Notification: 16-March-2020
Final Version Submission for Regular Papers: 03-April-2020
Working Papers, Doctoral Consortium, Tutorial, Demo, and Challenge Submission*: 15-May-2020

Submit your paper here (will be available in January). Until the final paper deadline, you will be able to update your submission.

Note, all papers undergo a rigorous peer review process for presentation in the plenary, regular, or poster sessions. All papers accepted to the plenary sessions will be published in the archival proceedings - the Springer LNCS volume. Regular papers will be evaluated for either the archival or online proceedings. The remaining tracks will be published online for 1 year on our non-archival conference website. Each accepted paper requires confirmation of conference registration and requires a separate registration.


The papers must be in English and MUST be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI guidelines. View sample LaTeX2e and WORD files. All regular paper submissions should be submitted as a paper with a maximum of 10 pages. Total page count includes all figures, tables, and references.


This year we are soliciting papers for a special workshop on validation to be held during the conference. When submitting your paper in EasyChair please whether you want to be considered for this track.


The conference expects to announce a computational challenge as in previous years. Additional details will be posted in December. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to receive updates.


Several half-day sessions will be offered on the day before the full conference. More details regarding the preconference tutorial sessions will be posted as soon as this information becomes available..


The purpose of the cross-fertilization roundtables is to help participants become better acquainted with people outside of their discipline and with whom they might consider partnering on future SBP-related research collaborations. The Funding Panel provides an opportunity for conference participants to interact with program managers from various federal funding agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Army Research Office (ARO), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


It is anticipated that a limited number of travel scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to students who are presenting papers. Additional information will be provided soon.


Submissions are solicited on research issues, methodologies, theories, and applications. Topics of interests include but are not limited to the following:

Advances in Sociocultural & Behavioral Process Modeling

  • Group formation, interaction, and/or evolution
  • Collective action and governance
  • Cultural patterns & representation
  • Social conventions, social contexts and processes
  • Influence process and recognition
  • Public opinion representation, identification and modeling
  • Information diffusion
  • Psycho-cultural situation awareness
  • Intelligent agents and avatars/adversarial modeling
  • Models of reasoning and decision making
  • Performance prediction, assessment, & skill monitoring/tracking
  • Intelligent tutoring systems
  • Cognitive robotics and human-robot interaction
  • Human behavior issues in model federations
  • Information, Systems, & Network Science

  • Data mining on social media platforms
  • Diffusion and other dynamic processes over networks
  • Inference of network topologies and changes over time
  • Analysis of link formations and link types
  • Detection of communities and other types of structures in networks
  • Analysis of high-dimensional networks
  • Analytics for social and human dynamics
  • Military & Intelligence Applications

  • Group formation and evolution in the political context
  • Networks and political influence
  • Group representation and profiling
  • Reasoning about terrorist group behaviors and policies towards them
  • Cyber and attribution
  • Computational methods to transform traditional GEOINT and open source data into spatio-temporal information describing events and activities
  • Health and Well-being

  • Social network analysis to understand health behavior
  • Modeling of public health and health care policy and decision making
  • Modeling of behavioral aspects of infectious disease spread
  • Modeling of behavioral aspects of prevention and treatment for chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, obesity, asthma)
  • Intervention design and modeling for behavioral health

    Example Other Applications of Interest to the Community

  • Economic applications of behavioral and social prediction
  • Model federation, integration, verification, or validation
  • Evolutionary computing and optimization
  • Education, training, professional development and workforce training in modeling and simulation
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    Download Call for Papers in PDF format here.

    Conference website: http://sbp-brims.org/

    * Late breaking and short papers are now referred to as working papers.

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