Epistemological Perspectives on Simulation Conference

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The Fifth Edition of Epistemological Perspectives on Simulation promises to be a productive meeting of minds. Held of the first time outside of Europe, this meeting aims to bring together researchers working on common issues of Computer Simulation, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science from many different angles, making for a truly interdisciplinary opportunity for discussion on the state of the art in this blooming field.  

The meeting will take place on the grounds of Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas, on October 10 - 13, 2012. There are different avenues for participation in the meeting, which reflect the broad interdisciplinary appeal and the intention of fostering deep discussions among scholars normally used to "speaking different languages". We encourage the submission of full-length papers (of up to abd about 8,000 words), but we will also accept short papers (about 2,000 words) extended abstracts (up to 1,000 words), and poster presentation of less developed ideas or works in progress. Furthermore, academics who would like to participate in the discussions but who do not intend to present a paper are welcomed to attend.

Simulation in the social sciences is a diverse and multidisciplinary field that has been growing impressively since the 1990s. While simulation is opening new horizons for investigating systems that traditional scientific approaches were not able to address, a whole set of epistemological puzzles is emerging in the area, which brings the philosophy of simulation to a higher level of attention. The recognition that progress in simulation must go hand-in-hand with the analysis of its epistemological status has been an important motive for the series of EPOS workshops that have been taking place since 2004.

EPOS V will bring together simulation experts, modelers, scientists and philosophers of science to share the latest advancements in simulation technology, its applications, as well as potential benefits and drawbacks. Like its predecessors, the workshop wants to provide a forum for researchers from various disciplines, such as the social sciences, computer science, engineering or the natural sciences, who are interested in discussing epistemological aspects of simulation across disciplinary boundaries. Following the tradition of previous EPOS workshops, we will publish a selection of the accepted papers in a special issue of a journal after a further reviewing process. This time, the venue will be a special issue of the International Journal of Agent Technologies and Systems (IJATS).

Topics to be addressed in the workshop include, but are not restricted to issues such as the epistemology of simulation, credentials for model building, and standards for presenting and analyzing simulation results.

Important deadlines are as follows:

August 31, 2012: Submission of papers or extended abstracts (Last Call)

September 10, 2012: Notification of acceptance

September 28, 2012: Receipt of full papers

October 10-12, 2012: Workshop, San Antonio, Texas, USA

October 13, 2012: Optional complementary tour of the Texas Hill Country

Hosts: Prof. Dr. Dante Suarez and Prof. Dr. Yu Zhang (Trinity University), Prof. Dr. Klaus G. Troitzsch (University of Koblenz-Landau) and Prof. Dr. Manuel Castañon-Puga (University of Baja California)