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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Computational Social Science: Social Contagion, Collective Behaviour, and
to be held in Lucca, Italy, 24-25 September 2014
Abstract submission deadline *30* June 2014 (extended)
Conference date 24-25 September 2013
Technology-mediated social collectives are taking an important role in the
design of social structures. Yet our understanding of the complex
mechanisms governing networks and collective behaviour is still deplorably
shallow. Fundamental concepts of on- and off-line networks such as power,
authority, leader-follower dynamics, consensus emergence, information
sharing, conflict, and collaboration are still not well defined and
investigated. These are all crucial to illuminate the advantages and
pitfalls of collective decision-making, which can cancel out individual
mistakes, but also spiral out of control.
In recent endeavours, data from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, 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 few examples. Similar data provided insights into the
mechanisms driving the formation of groups of interests, topical
communities, and the evolution of social networks. They also have been used
to study polarization phenomena in politics, diffusion of information, and
the dynamics of collective attention. However, a deeper understanding of
these phenomena is still very much on demand. In parallel, and even
preceding the surge in interest towards social media, the area of
agent-based modeling (ABM) has grown in scope, focus and capability to
produce testable hypotheses, going beyond the original goal of explaining
macroscopic behaviors from simple interaction rules among stylized agents.
The aim of this satellite 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. 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
TOPICS OF INTEREST
Interdependent social contagion process
Peer production and mass collaboration
Temporally evolving networks and dynamics of social contagion
Cognitive aspects of belief formation and revision
Online communication and information diffusion
Viral propagation in online social network
Crowd-sourcing; herding behaviour vs. wisdom of crowds
E-democracy and online government-citizen interaction
Online socio-political mobilizations
Public attention and popularity
Temporal and geographical patterns of information diffusion
Group formation, evolution and group behavior analysis.
Modeling, tracking and forecasting dynamic groups in social media.
Community detection and dynamic community structure analysis.
Social simulation, cultural, opinion, and normative dynamics.
Empirical calibration and validation of agent-based social models.
Models of social capital, collective action, social movements.
Coevolution of network and behavior.
Questions about the conference scope should be directed to the program
co-chairs at [log in to unmask]
Submissions will be made by sending one A4 page abstract in pdf via
The deadline for abstract submission is 22 June 2014.
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
The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via e-mail by end of
Invited Speakers (to be completed)
János Kertész (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary)
Esteban Moro (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)
Alain Barrat (Centre de Physique Théorique, Marseille, France)
Javier Borge-Holthoefer (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Doha, Qatar)
Jonathan Bright (OII, University of Oxford, UK)
Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia (CnetS, Indiana University at Bloomington, USA)
Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon (Annenberg, University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Emilio Ferrara (CnetS, Indiana University at Bloomington, USA)
Alessandro Flammini (CnetS, Indiana University at Bloomington, USA)
Márton Karsai (ENS de Lyon, INRIA, France)
Alessandro Vespignani (Northeastern University – USA, ISI Foundation,
Taha Yasseri (OII, University of Oxford, UK)
Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
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