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Our school jointly organized the International Symposium on Social Simulation 2020


On August 6, the "International Symposium on Social Simulation 2020" (ISSS) was held at M505 Lecture Hall of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building and the Tencent Conference Platform. The symposium was sponsored by the College of Economics and Management of our school and the Agricultural Modeling and Simulation Committee of China Simulation Federation, and organized by MARI. The symposium aims to stimulate interactions between young scholars and students engaged in social simulation research, and to promote international cooperation and more than 100 people attended.


Prof. Ping Qing, vice president of our school, Prof. Gucheng Li, dean of College of Economics and Management, and Dr. Guoqing Zheng, vice chairman of the Agricultural Modeling and Simulation Committee of China Simulation Federation attended the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was hosted by Prof. Liangzhi You, dean of MARI. He first gave a brief introduction to the seminar. On behalf of the conference organizer, he expressed his warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to the leaders and scholars who actively participated in the conference during the special period of COVID-19 prevention and control. Prof. Ping Qing made the opening speech. He pointed out that Social simulation has been increasingly used in social sciences, ranging from economics, management science to sociology, psychology, anthropology, and political science. It has a unique strength in understanding complex phenomena involving interactions between various entities. The approach is especially useful in the ear of big data, which facilitates the calibration and validation of simulation models. He said that our school regularly holds summer school on methodology of computational social science and academic salon for computational social science every year, inviting well-known scholars working in this field to share insights and experiences, and hopes to provide an exchange platform for the academic group to stimulate interdisciplinary and transnational research cooperation. The symposium invited 14 scholars from different countries including China, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Japan, and 6 outstanding students from the HZAU-IC "Computational Social Science Methodology" Summer School to give academic reports.


Dr. Georgiy Bobashev form RTI International, discussed in detail why agent-based modeling is an indispensable tool for artificial intelligence to reshape social governance in the future. From the perspective of complex systems, Prof. Li An of San Diego State University stated that agent-based modeling will provide us with new perspectives and platforms for many global problems. Prof. Hang Xiong from our school shared an ABM-based farmer decision-making model he participated in and explained the modeling ideas of the simulation model through the model building process. Prof. Flaminio Squazzoni from the University of Milan pointed out that the organic combination of computer simulation experiments and behavioral experiments can overcome their respective limitations. Prof. Wander Jager form University of Groningen and Dr. Koen H. van Dam form Imperial College London respectively demonstrated simulation models to show how social simulation can make policy recommendations to optimize sustainable development. Other young scholars have also made reports from their own research fields.



Prof. Hang Xiong, Dr. Koen H. van Dam and Dr. Zhanli (Jerry) Sun form IAMO all stated at the conclusion of the meeting that although the epidemic has not yet passed, academic exchanges should not be stalled because of this.

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Written by Xuran Lu