May 23-24, 2003 conference

"The Emerging Computational Social Sciences: Connecting Theory, Data
and Models," May 23-24, 2003

Inaugural Conference of the new Center for Social Complexity at
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

Keynote Speaker:
John Holland, University of Michigan

Invited Speakers: Peter Allen, Cranfield University, UK
Robert Axtell, Brookings Institution
Brian Berry, University of Texas and NAS
Jack Corliss, George Mason University
David Grether, California Institute of Technology
Robert Hanneman, University of California San Diego
Kevin McCabe, George Mason University
Peyton Young, Johns Hopkins University and NAS

What have we learned about social phenomena from computational
modeling approaches?

How do we distinguish modeling effects from the social phenomena we
are attempting to understand?

Do social phenomena present distinctive challenges to computational methods?

These issues inform our choice of appropriate computational methods,
and suggest problems that are amenable to computational exploration.

It is our intent to help close the "gap" between the power of
computational methods and the kinds of insights these models provide
about behavior in various social domains. Come join us for this
Inaugural Conference of the new Center for Social Complexity at
George Mason University.
Edmund Chattoe: Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, Littlegate
House, St Ebbes, Oxford, OX1 1PT,  tel: 01865-286174,  fax: 01865-286171,  Review Editor, J. Artificial Societies
and  Social Simulation (JASSS)
"So act as
to treat humanity, whether in your own person or in another, always as an
end, and never as only a means."  (Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles)