I just come across a very interesting site from the 2008 International Workshop on Challenges and Visions in the Social Sciences organised by Dirk Helbing, Lars-Erik Cederman, Andreas Diekmann, Frank Schweitzer and Didier Sornette. The reason I am blogging about it is that there are over 20 talks available on-line (including slides) identifying future trends in the social sciences, and problems that will have to be addressed. Talks include:
- "Agents and avatars: A new era of computational social science" by Michael Macy.
- "Emergence of cooperation by social interactions in space and time" by Dirk Helbing.
- "New complex networks for social systems" by Hans Hermann.
- "Injecting Data into Simulation: Can Agent-Based Modelling Learn from Microsimulation?" by Samer Hassan.
- "Discussion on Modeling and Simulation Challenges", Chaired by Dirk Helbing.
Such a resource should be of interest for anyone interested in computational social science. A short report summarising the workshop can be found here. Which includes: modelling and simulation challenges such as parameter calibration, correlation and causality, Realistic vs. toy models. Along with challenges associated with interdisciplinary research such as the use of terminology, networking and cooperation, information exchange and publication.