COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE

Past Seminars

Friday, May 6: 3:00 p.m.
Towards Reliable Spatial and Spatio-Temporal Pattern Analysis
Matthias Renz, Associate Professor, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, April 29: 3:00 p.m.
Communicating Sequential Agents: An Analysis Of Concurrent Agent Scheduling
Stefan McCabe, MAIS-CSS Student, George Mason University

Friday, April 22: 3:00 p.m.
Computational methods to greater understand xenophobia
Talha Oz, PhD Student, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, April 15: 3:00 p.m.
There will be no CSS Friday seminar on this date.

Friday, April 8: 3:00 p.m.
Exposing Algorithms
Jennifer Stark, PhD, Computational Journalist, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland

Friday, April 1: 3:00 p.m.
Epidemics in the presence of social attraction and repulsion
Evelyn Sander, Associate Professor, Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations, Department of Mathematical Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, March 25: 3:0 p.m.
Open Mic - CSS Research Papers and Dissertation Proposal Topics
CSS PhD Students

Friday, March 18: 3:0 p.m.
Toward Implementing a Complex Social Simulation of the Offending Process: The promise of a synthetic offender
Tom Dover, PhD Candidate, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, March 11:
Due to Spring Break, no seminar this day.

Friday, March 4: 3:0 p.m.
Trendsetters and Social Change
Cristina Bicchieri, S. J. Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Friday, February 26: 3:0 p.m.
Computational Modeling for Marine Resource Managerment
Steve Scott, PhD Candidate, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, February 19: 3:0 p.m.
Resilience and Stability Trade-Offs in China and Europe as Systems of Systems
Hilton Root, Professor, School of Policy, Government and Int'l. Affairs, Co-Director,Computational Public Policy Lab, Krasnow Institute and School of Policy, Government and Int'l. Affairs, George Mason University

Friday, February 12: 3:0 p.m.
A Comparison of Languages and Frameworks for the Parallelization of a Simple Agent Model
Dale Brearcliffe, Peter Froncek, Marta Hansen, Vince Kane, Stefan McCabe, Davoud Taghawi-Nejad and Rob Axtell, George Mason University

Friday, February 5: 3:0 p.m.
Asset bubbles and complex adaptive systems - Can CAS solve the problem as to how and why bubbles exist?
Matthew Oldham, MAIS-CSS Student, George Mason University

Friday, January 29: 3:0 p.m.
Thirteen Facts about Informal Collaboration in Financial Economics
Co-Pierre Georg, Senior Lecturer, School of Economics, University of Cape Town and with AIFMRM, the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: Friday, January 22: 3:0 p.m.
Matching Impacts of School Admission Mechanisms: An Agent-Based Approach
Shu-Heng Chen, Distinguished Professor, Director, AI-ECON Research Center, Department of Economics, National Chengchi University

Friday, December11: 3:00 p.m.
Challenges and Opportunities of Mapping and Modeling Slums in a Digital Big Data Era
Andrew Crooks, Associate Professor, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, December 4: 3:00 p.m.
The Adoption of Electronic Medical Records by U.S. Hospitals: An Exploration of Network Methods and Models
Yinyue Hu, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, Graduate Research Assistant, Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices, George Mason University

Friday, November 27:
THANKSGIVING BREAK, NO SEMINAR

Friday, November 20: 3:00 p.m.
Towards an ABM framework for cultural evolution: Modeling the emergence of specialized culture-maintaining structures
Peter Froncek, PhD Student, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, November 13: 3:00 p.m.
Identities and Expectations Effect on Group Efficacy: An Agent-Based Model
Gary Bogle, PhD Candidate, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, November 6: 3:00 p.m.
How the success of a group depends on its size and network structure
Winter Mason, Computational Social Scientist, Facebook

Friday, October 30: 3:00 p.m.
Introduction to the Model Analyst’s Toolkit (MAT)
Randy M. Casstevens, CSS PhD Alumni, George Mason University

Friday, October 23: 10:00 a.m.
DOCTORAL DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE: Shaping Possibility Space: Coevolution of Thinking and Doing In Organizational and Institutional Innovation
Russell Thomas, PhD Student, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, October 23: 2:00 p.m.
DOCTORAL DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE: The Role of Political Institutions in Country Prosperity: Agent-Based Models
Elaine Reed, PhD Student, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, October 23: 3:00 p.m.
Utilizing Netlogo's GIS and CSV Extensions to Create Data-Driven Agent-Based Models
Melanie Swartz, PhD Student, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, October 16: 3:00 p.m.
Agentization: Relaxing Unrealistic Assumptions and Simplistic Specifications in Social Science Models with Agent Computing/em>
Professor Robert Axtell, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, October 9: 3:00 p.m.
Using the Networked Cognitive Systems Approach to Understand Human Information Diffusion
Mark Orr, Research Associate Professor, Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory, Virginia Tech-National Capital Region

Friday, October 2: 3:00 p.m.
Three perspectives to building a model of mate selection: Comprehensive Exam Takers Share Their Experiences
Brent Auble, Tom Briggs and Clarence Dillon, PhD students, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Wednesday, September 30: 10:00 a.m.
A Computational Model of Belief System - Discovery and Expression in American Democracy
John Bjorn Nelson, Ph.D. student, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, September 25: 3:00 p.m.
Mesa: An Agent-Based Modeling Framework in Python
David Masad, Ph.D. Candidate, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, September 18: 3:00 p.m.
Modeling Of Software Piracy As A Complex Adaptive System
Jessica Wang, PhD Candidate, Information Technology, George Mason University

Friday, September 4: 3:00 p.m.
“Studying the Profiles of Extremists in the United States Using Social Media Data"
Meysam Alizadeh, PhD Candidate, Computational Social Science Program, Department of Computational and Data Sciences

Friday, September 11: 2:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE EARLY START)
By Invitation Only: Welcome New and Returning CSS Students

Monday, August 3: 9:00 a.m., 162 Research Hall
Dissertation Proposal Defense: Inequality and Growth
Chris Shin, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, May 1: 3:00 p.m.
The IMDb Film Connections Network and Objective Evaluation of Movie Significance
Max Wasserman, Ph.D., Applied Math, Northwestern University, Amaral Lab Alumnus

Friday, April 24: 3:00 p.m.
At the root of sociality: Working towards emergent, permanent, social affines
Ovi Chris Rouly, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, April 17: 3:00 p.m.
Massively Interactive Systems: Thinking and Deciding in the Age of Big Data
Christopher L. Barrett, Executive Director, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Professor of Computer Science, Virginia Tech

Friday, April 10: 3:00 p.m.
Growing Firms from the Bottom Up: Data, Theories, and Models
Rob Axtell, Professor/Chair, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, April 3: 3:00 p.m.
A Community Approach to Norms on Various Spatial Topologies
Peter Froncek, PhD Student, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, March 27: 3:00 p.m.
The Effect of Income Concentration on Long-run Economic Growth
Chris Shin, PhD Student, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, March 20: 3:00 p.m.
Adding Narrative to ABMs and Identifying Which Ones Are Worth Reading
Brent Auble, PhD Student, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, MARCH 13:
SPRING BREAK

Friday, March 6: 3:00 p.m.
Regulatory Requirements and their Implications for Bank Solvency, Liquidity and Interconnectedness Risks:
Insights from Agent-Based Simulations

Jorge Chan-Lau, Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund and Krasnow Nondegree Student

Friday, February 27: 3:00 p.m.
To Green or Not to Green: Modeling Incentive-based Programs for Green Infrastructure Investment on Private Properties
Seth Brown, PhD Candidate, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, George Mason University

Friday, February 20: 3:00 p.m.
Social Media Tools and Applications
Talha Oz, PhD Student, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, February 13: 3:00 p.m.
ALife using Adaptive, Autonomous, and Individual Agent Control
Ovi Chris Rouly, PhD Candidate, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, February 6: 3:00 p.m.
Percolating Patents: Balancing the Effects of Patents on Innovation
Nathan Goldschlag, PhD Candidate, Economics, George Mason University

Friday, January 30: 3:00 p.m.
Towards a Theory of Firms and Markets
Vipin Vitil, PhD Candidate, Economics, George Mason University

Friday, January 23: 3:00 p.m.
The Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
Tom Rosati, PhD Student, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, December 12: 3:00 p.m.
"International Banking Flows and "Bad" Credit Booms: Do Booms Go with the Flow?"
Regina Astrid Martinez Fernandez, Lecturer, Department of Economics, Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University

Friday, December 5: 3:00 p.m.
"Using Agent-Based Modeling to Depict Gentrification in an Area of Washington D. C."
Elaine Reed, PhD Student, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, November 21: 3:00 p.m.
Archaeological Use of Agent-Based Models: Some Challenges and Emerging Directions
J. Daniel Rogers, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and Wendy Cegielski, Ph.D. Student, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Friday, November 14: 3:00 p.m.
Agent-based modeling of human migration in response to climate change in northern latitudes
Brendon Fuhs, PhD Student, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, November 7: 3:00 p.m.
Leveraging Crowdsourced data for Computational Social Science: Opportunities, Examples and Challenges
Andrew Crooks, Assistant Professor, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, October 31: 3:00 p.m.
A Topological View of Radical Innovation
Russell Thomas, PhD Student, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, October 24: 3:00 p.m.
A Useful Algebraic System of Statistical Models
Ben Klemens,Center for Statistical Research Methods of the United States Census Bureau

Friday, October 17: 3:00 p.m.
Coupled Human-Natural Systems in the Andes of Peru: A case for Policymaking and a Computational Social Science Research Program
Jose Manuel Magallanes, PhD Student, Computational Social Science, George Mason University and Professor of Political Science Department of Social Sciences, Catholic University of Peru

Friday, October 10: 3:00 p.m.
Simulating Conflict Decision-Making and Event Data
David Masad, PhD Student, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, October 3: 3:00 p.m.
Making Decisions in Complex Situations - Research and Results
Anne-Marie Grisogono, Research Leader at Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Adelaide, Australia

Friday, September 26: 3:00 p.m.
Political Informatics - Computational Patterns in Government
Anne L. Washington, Assistant Professor, Organization Development and Knowledge Management, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

Friday, September 19: 3:00 p.m.
Complexity and the Art of Public Policy
Roland Kupers, independent consultant on Complexity, Resilience and Energy Transition, as well as an Associate Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University

Friday, September 12: 3:00 p.m.
An Agent-Based Simulation of the Emergence of Partnership Systems in Early Renaissance Florence
Kevin Comer, PhD Student, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, September 5: 3:00 p.m.
On the Evolution of Common Pool Resource Norms
Steve Scott, PhD Student, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Wednesday, June 11: 10:00 a.m.
Doctoral Dissertation Defense: When People Rebel: A Computational Approach to Violent Collective Action
Bianica Pint Pires, CSS PhD Candidate,George Mason University

Friday, May 9: 3:00 p.m.
Behind the Scenes of Really Big Data: What it Takes to Compute on the Whole World
Kalev Leetaru, Georgetown University

Friday, May 2: 3:00 p.m.
Conceptual Agreement and Group Dynamics
Andre Lhuillier, PhD Student, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, April 25: 3:00 p.m.
Crowdsourcing Geospatial Data - A Point at a Time
Dieter Pfoser, Associate Professor Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University

Friday, April 18: 3:00 p.m.
Midwife: CPU Cluster Load Distribution of Virtual Agent AIs
Ovi Chris Rouly, PhD Candidate, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, April 11: 3:00 p.m.
Who Goes First? Does Activation in Agent-Based Models Make a Difference?
Ken Comer, PhD Candidate, Systems Engineering & Operations Research, George Mason University

Friday, April 4: 3:00 p.m.
On the Power and Limits of Models
Armando Geller, Co-Founder, Scensei

Friday, March 28: 3:00 p.m.
Models of Tax Evasion and Taxpayer Compliance
Kim Bloomquist, CSS PhD Alumni

Friday, March 21: 3:00 p.m.
Border Control: The Evolution of Epistemic Communities in Twitter’s Syria Discussion
Deen Freelon, Asst. Professor, School of Communication, American University

Friday, March 7:
Inequality and Long Run Economic Growth
Chris Shin, PhD Student, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, February 28: 3:00 p.m.
Sticky Prices Microfoundations in a Supply Chain Agent Based Model
Ernesto Carrella, PhD Candidate, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, February 21: 3:00 p.m.
An Agent-Based Modeling of Climate Adaptation in Rural System
Atesmachew Hailegiorgis, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Social Complexity, George Mason University

Tuesday, February 18: 1:00 p.m.
What Can Twitter Tell Us About the “Real World”?
Ingmar Weber, Senior Scientist, Social Computing Group, Qatar Computing Research Institute

Friday, February 7:
Agent-based Modeling and Public Health: Progress and Potential
Ross Hammond, Director, Center on Social Dynamics & Policy, Brookings Institute

Friday, January 31: 3:00 p.m.
Identifying Potential Smugglers: Local (Geospatial) Outlier Detection
Nathan Danneman, PhD, Data Tactics

Friday, January 24: 3:00 p.m.
Representing Disasters in Computational Social Simulations
William Kennedy, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, December 6: 3:00 p.m.
Duopoly price competition with switching cost and bounded rational customers
Mateusz Zawisza and Bogumił Kaminski, Decision Support and Analysis Division, Warsaw School of Economics,
Poland

Monday, December 2: 10:00 a.m.
Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Essays on the Panic of 1893 - Lessons from Helena, Montana
Wayne Zandbergen, CSS PhD Candidate,George Mason University

Monday, December 2: 11:00 a.m.
Doctoral Dissertation Defense: Computational Modeling of Climate Change, Large-Scale Land Acquisition, and Household Dynamics in Southern Ethiopia
Atesmachew Hailegiorgis, CSS PhD Candidate, George Mason University

Friday, November 29:
THANKSGIVING BREAK

Monday, November 25: 8:30 a.m.
Doctoral Dissertation Defense: The Blind Lawmaker
Matthew Koehler, CSS PhD Candidate,George Mason University

Friday, November 22: 3:00 p.m.
Exploring Creativity and Urban Development through Agent-Based Modeling
Ammar Malik, Public Policy PhD Student and Melanie Swartz, MAIS-CSS Student, George Mason University

Friday, November 8: 3:00 p.m.
An Agent-based Model for the Outbreak, Spread and Containment of Tuberculosis
Parth Chopra, Student, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Friday, November 1: 3:00 p.m.
Social Physics
William Kennedy, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, October 25: 3:00 p.m.
Bridging the Information Gap: Legislative Member Organizations as Social Networks in the United States and elsewhere
Jennifer Victor, Asst. Professor, Public & International Affairs, George Mason University

Friday, October 18: 3:00 p.m.
The Schelling model of segregation: the case of heterogeneous population of agents
Erez Hatna, PhD, Center for Advanced Modeling in the Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences (CAM), Department of Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University"

Friday, October 11: 3:00 p.m.
Can Computational Modeling Aid in Creating an Integrated Identity Theory?
Gary Bogle, CSS PhD student

Friday, October 4: 3:00 p.m.
Keeping Kids Curious: An ABM of STEM Interest Among Tweens
Joey Harrison, CSS PhD Candidate, George Mason University

Friday, September 27: 3:00 p.m.
Learning in Linear Public Goods Games: A Comparative Analysis
Chenna Reddy Cotla, CSS PhD Candidate

Friday, September 20: 3:00 p.m.
Modern Value Chains and the Organization of Agrarian Production
Heath Henderson, Research Fellow in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank

Friday, September 13: 3:00 p.m.
"Uncovering strategies to achieve political success in the Peruvian Congress analyzing bill cosponsorship networks"
Jose Magallanes, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, September 6: 2:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE EARLY START)
By Invitation Only: Welcome New and Returning CSS Student

Friday, August 30: 3:00 p.m.
Making a Difference as a Modeler
Wayne Zandbergen, CSS PhD Candidate

Monday, August 5: 10:00 a.m.
Dissertation Proposal Defense: Learning to Consume: Individual versus Social Learning
Nathan Palmer, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Wednesday, July 24, 1:00 p.m.
Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation: Coupled Dynamics of Labor and Firms through Complex Networks
Omar Guerrero, CSS PhD Candidate

Monday, May 20: 11:00 a.m.
Dissertation Proposal Defense: Cognitively Richer Opinion Dynamics with Exogenous Shocks
Joseph Harrison, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, May 17: 3:00 p.m.
Open Source Interfaces to Public Data: New Opportunities for Social Science Research
Ulrich Matter, Ph.D.student, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel

Friday, May 3: 3:00 p.m.
Which Aspects of Technological Change are Predictable?
Christopher Magee, Professor of the Practice of Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Co-Director, International Design Centre, Singapore University of Technology & Design

Friday, April 26: 3:00 p.m.
Global Networks Over Time: Measuring Structural Power
Hilton Root, Professor, School of Public Policy and David Masad, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Monday, April 22: 1:00 p.m.
Dissertation Proposal Defense: International Relations Simulation- A Proposal
Karl Selke, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, April 19: 3:00 p.m.
Modeling the Budgetary and Economic Effects of Taxes
William McBride, Chief Economist and Steve Entin, Senior Fellow, Tax Foundation

Friday, April 12: 3:00 p.m.
One Culture. Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge
Charles Henry, President & Christa Williford, Program Officer, Council on Library and Information Resources

Friday, April 5: 3:00 p.m.
A Framework for Modeling the Development of Resilience in Political Systems
Hugh McFarlane, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, March 29 3:00 p.m.
Virtual Environments for Python: Demo & Hands-on Tutorial
Jacqueline Kazil,CSS Certificate Student, George Mason University

Friday, March 22: 3:00 p.m.
Exploring the Development of Complex Civilization in Ancient Peru Using an Agent-Based Model
Brent Auble, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, March 15:
Due to Spring Break, no seminar this day.

Friday, March 8: 3:00 p.m.
Heterophilious interactions enhance consensus in self-organized dynamics
Eitan Tadmor, Distinguished University Professor Director, Center for Scientific Computation & Mathematics Modeling, University of Maryland

Friday, March 1: 3:00 p.m.
Security Implications of Climate Change
John D. Steinbruner, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland and Director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM)

Thursday, February 28: 1:00 p.m.
A Proposal for Simulating Social Networks
Alexander Gutfraind, Ph.D., Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, The University of Texas at Austin

Friday, February 22: 3:00 p.m.- PLEASE NOTE: TWO SPEAKERS
Using Primary Sources When Creating Models
Wayne Zandbergen, CSS PhD Candidate, George Mason University

and

Collective Intelligence, Institutional Innovation, and Interdependent Risk
Russell Thomas, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, February 15: 3:00 p.m.
Hyper-networks for Policy Design in Systems of Systems of Systems
Jeffrey Johnson, Professor of Complexity Science and Design Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University

Thursday, February 14: 2:00 p.m.
Dissertation Proposal Defense: Heterogeneous Preferences and the Dynamics of Cooperation in Networked Societies: A Dialogue Between Computational and Experimental Approaches
Chenna Reddy Cotla, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, February 8: 3:00 p.m.
The Geography of Conflict Diamonds: The Case of Sierra Leone
Bianica Pint, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, February 1: 3:00 p.m.
Supporting Development Policymaking in Less Developed Places: A Complex Adaptive System Perspective and Multi-method Approach
Qing Tian, Asst. Professor, Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Monday, January 28: 12:30 p.m.
Dissertation Proposal Defense: Mechanics and Patterns of Banking Crises – Complexity and the Panic of 1893
Wayne Zandbergen, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, January 25: 3:00 p.m.
Agent-Based Computational Economics and the Evolution of Common Pool Resource Norms
Steve Scott, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, January 25: 10:00 a.m.
Dissertation Proposal Defense: A Simple Agent-based Theory of Market Processes
Ernesto Carrella, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Thursday, January 24: 2:00 p.m.
Dissertation Proposal Defense: When People Rebel: A Computational Approach to the Study of Violent Collective Action
Bianica Pint, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Wednesday, December 19: 10:00 pm
Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation: Innovation from a Computational Social Science Perspective: Analyses and Models
Randy Casstevens, PhD Candidate

Monday, December 17: 3:00 p.m.
Dissertation Proposal Defense: Agent-Based Computational Economics and the Evolution of Common Pool Resource Norms
Steve Scott, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, December 14: 3:00 p.m.
Incorporating Transactional Data into a Housing Market Model
Matthew Hendrey, CSS Research Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Friday, December 7: 3:00 p.m.
Meso Explanation in an Actor-Centered World
Daniel Little, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Friday, November 30: 3:00 p.m.
Toward Networked Views of International Relations
David Masad, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, November 23:
Due to Thanksgiving Break, no seminar this day.

Monday, November 19: 1:00 p.m.
Imaging Genetics of Decision Making under Uncertainty
Chew Soo Hong, Professor of Economics, National University of Singapore

Friday, November 16: 3:00 p.m.
Reallocation of Key Development Resources Using a Barter-based Mechanism
William Kosmann, PhD student, Department of Engineering Management and System Engineering, George Washington University

Friday, November 9: 3:00 p.m.
Modeling Selective Violence in the Guatemalan Civil War
Tim Gulden, CSS Research Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Monday, November 5: 2:00 pm
Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation - Agent-Based Modeling in Intelligence Analysis
Aaron Frank, PhD Candidate

Friday, November 2: 3:00 p.m.
Fire Flight: An Agent-Based Model of Citizen Response to the Colorado Wildfires
Sarah Wise, CSS PhD Candidate, George Mason University

Friday, October 26: 3.00 p.m.
Toward Validating the RiftLand Model of Household Decision-making
William Kennedy, CSS Research Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Thursday, October 25: 1:00 p.m.
Dissertation Proposal Defense: Humanitarian Agent-Based Modeling for Crisis Response
Sarah Wise, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, October 19: 3:00 p.m.
An Agent-based Model of Market Processes
Ernesto Carrella, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, October 12: 3:00 p.m.
Agent-based Modeling for Humanitarian Issues: Disease and Refugee Camps
Atesmachew Hailegiorigs, CSS PhD Candidate, George Mason University

Friday, October 5: 3:00 p.m.
Geosocial Analysis & Modeling
Andrew Crooks, CSS Asst. Professor, George Mason University

Friday, September 28: 3:00 p.m.
Methodological Localism and Actor-Centered Sociology
Daniel Little, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Friday, September 21: 3.00pm
Slumulation: an Integrated Framework to Explore Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Slum Formations
Amit Patel, PhD, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

Friday, September 14: 3:00 pm
Can learning affect the effectiveness of price limits?
Chun-Yi Yang, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, September 7: 3:00 pm
Welcome New and Returning Students Reception
BY INVITATION ONLY

Friday, August 31: 3:00
Simulating Society circa 1985
Robert Axtell, Chair, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, August 31: 10:30 am
TBA
Matthew Koehler, PhD Student

Tuesday, July 24: 1:00 pm
Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation - Essays in High Impact Companies and High Impact Entrepreneurship
Anamaria Berea, PhD Candidate

Wednesday, May 9: 2:00 p.m.
Computational Modeling of Neighborhood Crime from Sociological and Economic Perspectives
Steven Wilcox, PhD Student

Friday, May 4: 3:00 pm
Interactive Visual Analytics Tools for Analyzing Agent-Based Political Simulations
Dong Hyun Jeong, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of the District of Columbia

Tuesday, May 1: 1:00 pm
Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation - Multi-agent Model of Development Aid Projects in the Afghan Counternsurgency
Seyed Mohammad Mussavi Rizi, PhD Candidate

Friday, April 27: 3:00 pm
Constructive Failure in High-Impact Entrepreneurship: An Agent-Based Model of Company Growth Based on Team Formation and Individual Skills
Anamaria Berea, CSS PhD Candidate, George Mason University

Friday, April 20: 3:00 pm
The Infrastructure for Complex-systems Engineering (ICE)
Matthew Koehler, CSS PhD Student, George Mason University

Friday, April 13: 3:00 pm
Re-thinking Kauffman's NK Fitness Landscape: Going from Artifact & Groupthink to Weak-tie Effects
Bill McKelvey, Professor of Strategic Organizing and Complexity Science at UCLA's Anderson School of Management

Friday, April 6: 3:00 pm
Modeling the U.S. Housing Bubble
Matthew Hendrey, CSS Research Faculty, George Mason University

Friday, March 30: 3:00 pm
U.S. Census Bureau International Population Mapping
Joshua Comenetz, Ph.D.,Chief, Geographic Studies Branch, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

Friday, March 23: 3:00 pm
The Dynamics of China’s Urban Structure: Integrating Three Lines of Research
Tim Gulden, CSS Research Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Friday, March 16:
Due to Spring Break, no seminar this day.

Friday, March 9:
No seminar this day.

Friday, March 2: 3:00 pm
From personal to impersonal exchange in ideas: Experimental study on the performance and behavioral properties of markets in patents
Eskil Ullberg, Visiting Research Faculty, Interdisciplinary Ctr for Econ Sc, George Mason University

NOTE CHANGE: Friday, February 24: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Complex Ecologic-Economic Dynamics
J. Barkeley Rosser, Professor of Economics and Business Administration, James Madison University

Friday, February 17: 3:00 pm
Learning to Consume: Individual vs. Social Learning
Winslow Farrell and Nathan Palmer, CSS PhD Students, George Mason University

Friday, February 10: 3:00 pm
Mason Programs
Writing Center, Office of Disability Services & Dissertation Services

Friday, February 3: 3:00 pm
Animating the Rich and Purposeful Feel of Real Populations
Jan Allbeck, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, George Mason University

Friday, January 27: 3:00 pm
An Agent-based Model of Environmental Stress and Social Structure on Easter Island 1380-1660 A.D.
Mark Stover, PhD Candidate, School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Friday, December 16: 3:00 p.m.
The Global Financial System of the Future: Better or Worse and How Can We Tell
Laura Ellen Kodres, Division Chief for the Global Financial Stability Division in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Friday, December 9: 3:00 p.m.
The Future of CSS
Catherine Dibble, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Aiki Labs

Friday, December 2: 3:00 p.m.
Policy Analysis with an Economic Agent-Based Model of Land and Housing Markets on the Urban Fringe
Margaret Wells, Resources for the Future and Virginia McConnell, UMBC and Resources for the Future

Friday, November 25:
Due to Thanksgiving Break, no seminar this day.

Friday, November 18: 3:00 p.m.
Modeling Humans as Reinforcement Learners: How to Predict Human Behavior in Multi-Stage Games
James Bono, Asst. Professor, Department of Economics, American University

Friday, November 11: 3:00 p.m.
Strategic Intelligence, Analytic Tradecraft, and Agent-Based Modeling
Aaron Frank, CSS PhD Candidate

Tuesday, November 8: 9:00 a.m.
Dissertation Proposal - Computational Modeling of the Effects of Climate Change and Land Acquisition on Household Dynamics in Southern Ethiopia
Atesmachew Hailegiorgis, PhD Student

Friday, November 4: 3:00 p.m.
A Complex Adaptive Systems Approach to Economic Impact Analysis
Holly Russo, CSS PhD Student

Friday, October 28: 3:00 p.m.
A Memory-Based Account of the Spatial Prisoner’s Dilemma
Chenna Reddy Cotla, CSS PhD Student

Friday, October 21: 3:00 p.m.
Analytical Sociology, the Philosophy of Social Science, and Agent-based Simulations
Daniel Little, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Friday, October 14: 3:00 p.m.
Against the Nash Program: Aggregate Steady-States Without Agent-Level Equilibria
Rob Axtell, Chair, CSS

Friday, October 7: 3:00 p.m.
Community Detection in Complex Networks: Basic Approaches, Pitfalls, and Remedies
Michelle Girvan, Asst. Professor, Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland

Friday, September 30: 3:00 p.m.
A Network Analysis of Global Banking: 1978-2010 (co-authored with Javier Reyes)
Camelia Minoiu, PhD, Economist, IMF Institute, International Monetary Fund

Friday, September 23: 3:00 p.m.
Complexity and Scale in Networks -- From Neurons to Nations
Maksim Tsvetovat, Asst. Professor, CSS

Friday, September 16: 3:00 p.m.
Social Networks and Collective Action
William Ferguson, Professor, Department of Economics, Grinnell University

Friday, September 9: 3:00 p.m.
Differential Adaptive Diffusion: Understanding Diversity and Learning whom to Trust in Viral Marketing
Bill Rand, Asst. Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Friday, September 2:
Due to Labor Day weekend, no seminar this day.

Tuesday, August 2: 2:00 p.m.
Dissertation Proposal - A Multiagent Model of the Success and Failure of Development Aid Projects in the post-2001 Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan
Seyed Mohammad Mussavi Rizi, PhD Student

Thursday, July 21: 11:00 am
On Bounded Rationality In Multi-Agent Environments
Maciej Latek, PhD Candidate

Thursday, July 7: 10:30 am
Dissertation Proposal - Securitization in the Housing Market: An Analysis of the United States Economy from 2000 to 2010
Jonathan Goldstein, PhD Student

Friday, June 24: noon
An Agent-Based Model of the Interaction between the Housing and RMBS Markets
Jonathan Goldstein, PhD Student

Friday, May 20: 3.00pm
Self-organized Criticality in a Model of Mergers and Acquisitions"/em>
Benoit Morel, Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, May 13: 3.00pm
Agent-oriented Modeling for Simulation of Asymmetric Threats
Kuldar Taveter, Professor and Chair in Software Engineering at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia and currently a Fulbright scholar at the University of South Carolina

Tuesday, May 10: 10:00 am
Dissertation Proposal - An Agent Based Model of Entrepreneurship
Anamarie Berea, PhD Student

Friday, May 6: 3.00pm
Agent-based Simulation of Tax Reporting Compliance
Kim Bloomquist, CSS PhD Candidate

Tuesday, May 2: 2:00pm
How to Use Decision Theory to Choose Among Mechanisms/em>
David Wolpert, NASA Ames

Thursday, May 5: 10:00 am
Dissertation Proposal - Labor and Firm Dynamics: A Computational Study of Economic Networks with International Micro-data
Omar Guerrero, PhD Student

Monday, May 2: 10:30 am
Oral Defense of Doctoral Dissertation - A Computational Theory of Endogenous Norm Change: The NormSim Agent-Based Model in MASON
Mark Rouleau, PhD Candidate

Friday, April 29: 3.00pm
Bringing the Con Back to Text: Using Contexts for Multiagent Modeling of Complex Environments
Seyed Mohammad Mussavi Rizi, CSS PhD Candidate

Friday, April 22: 3.00pm
Climate Change, Migration and Land Use Dynamics: A Spatial Agent Based Approach
Ates Hailegiorgis, CSS PhD Student

Friday, April 15: 3.00pm
Collective-Action and Exchange: A Game-Theoretic Approach to Contemporary Political Economy
William Ferguson, Professor, Department of Economics, Grinnell College

Friday, April 8: 3.00pm
Understanding Current Events at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plants
William Kennedy, Research Assistant Professor, CSS

Friday, April 1: 3.00pm
Simulating Shocks in Regional Economies: Application of Agent-Based Models in Understanding Natural Disasters
Syed Ali Asjad Naqvi, Candidate for PhD in Economics, New School for Social Research (NYC)

Friday, March 25: 3.00pm
The Talibanization of Afghanistan
Jeffrey Beck, PhD Student, School of Public Policy, George Mason University



Agent-based Modeling as a Tool for Entrepreneurship Research
Snigdha Dewal, PhD Student, School of Public Policy, George Mason University



Friday, March 18:
Due to Spring Break, no seminar this day.

Friday, March 11: 3.00pm
University Dissertation/Thesis Services Presentation and Open Mike
Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, March 4: 3.00pm
Social Network of the Human Brain
David Franks, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Friday, February 25: 3.00pm
Introduction to Survey Methodology
Steve Scott, CSS PhD Student

Friday, February 18 1:30-2:30 p.m
Location: Science and Tech I, Room 242
Some Open Mathematical Problems in Computational Social Science
Robert Axtell, Chair, CSS

Friday, February 18: 3.00pm
Exploring the Identification
Question for Parameterized Social Simulation Models
Steven Wilcox, CSS PhD Student

Friday, February 11: 3.00pm
What Leads to Innovation? An Analysis of Collaborative Problem-Solving
Randy Casstevens, CSS PhD Candidate

Friday, February 4: 3.00pm
Semantic Networks with Heterogeneous Information Exchange
Anamaria Berea, CSS PhD Student

Friday, January 28: 3.00pm
CANCELLED

Friday, December 10: 3.00pm
Paul Omerod, Volterra Consulting

Friday, December 3: 3.00pm
Endogenous Macroeconomic Fluctuations from Purely Microeconomic Phenomena in a Model with 150 Million Agents"
Robert Axtell, Chair, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, November 19: 3.00pm
Open Mike
Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, November 12: 3.00pm
The Origins of Collective Overvaluation: Irrational exuberance emerges from simple, honest and rational individual behavior
Michael Anderson, PhD, Department of Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College; and C. Athena Aktipis, PhD, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

Friday, October 22: 3.00pm
Quorum Sensing in Bacteria
Scott Stone, JD (Yale) & GMU M.Ed. Student

Friday, October 15: 3.00pm
Strategic Adaptation in Spatial Evolutionary Games
Steve Scott, CSS PhD Student

Friday, October 8: 3.00pm
Emergence of Political Parties during Democratic Transitions: An Agent-based Approach
Sherzod Abdukadirov, PhD Candidate, School of Public Policy

Friday, October 1: 3.00pm
Open Mike
Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, September 17: 3:00 pm
Merging Remote Sensing Data and Population Surveys in Large, Empirical Multiagent Models: The Case of the Afghan Drug Industry
Seyed M.M. Rizi and Maciek M. Latek, CSS PhD candidates

Friday, September 10: 3:00 pm
Strategies for Successful Study for the Ph.D. in Computational Social Science
Maksim Tsvetovat, CSS Director of Graduate Studies

Friday, 14th, May: 3:00 pm
The Sciences of Complexity and Global Governance
Hilton Root, Professor, School of Public Policy, GMU

Friday, 7th, May: 3:00 pm
Can Real Options Be Made a Stand-alone Paradigm? From Risk Neutrality to Swiss Neutrality
Benoit Morel, Associate Teaching Professor, Engineering and Public Policy and Physics, Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, 30th, April: 3:00 pm
Deriving Optimal Blends of History and Intelligence for Robust Counterterrorism Policy
Maciek Latek and Seyed Mohammad Mussavi Rizi, PhD Candidates, Department of Computational Social Science, George Mason University

Friday, 23rd April: 3.00pm
Open Mike
Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 16th April: 3.00pm
All at See: Visualizing High Dimensional Data
Edward J. Wegman, The Bernard J. Dunn Professor of Information Technology and Applied Statistics, George Mason University

Friday, 9th April: 3.00pm
Updates on Research Projects
Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 2nd April: 3.00pm
Changing Residence in the City: An Agent-based Model of Residential Mobility in Arlington County
Atesmachew Hailegiorgis, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 26th March: 3.00pm
Open Mike
Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 19th March: 3.00pm
Trade as a Premise for Social Complexity
Anamaria Berea, Department of Computational Social Science

Thursday, 11th February: 1.30pm
Center for Social Complexity Research Project Presentations
Department of Computational Social Science & Center for Social Complexity

Friday, 29th January: 3.00pm
Measuring Indirect Costs of Diseases in Economies with Heterogeneous Production Technologies
Bogumil Kaminski*, Maciej Latek** and Michal Jakubczyk*
*Decision Analysis and Support Division, The Warsaw School of Economics
**Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 22nd January: 3.00pm
Evaluating Plausible Futures of the NextGen in the Air Transportation System
Guillermo Calderón-Meza Graduate Student, CATSR

Friday, 15th January: 3.00pm
Simulating Heroin Addiction and Drug Market Behavior Using an Ethnographically Informed Agent-Based Model
Lee D. Hoffer*, Georgiy Bobashev**, Robert J. Morris**, and John Heintz*
*Case Western Reserve University, Department of Anthropology
**RTI International

Friday, 11th December: 3.00pm
On the Mathematics of War
Dr. Sean Gourley, Oxford University

Friday, 4th December: 3.00pm
On Qualitative Empirical Techniques in Agent-based Computational Social Science
Armando Geller, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 20th November: 3.00pm
Why I am Not a System Dynamicist
Rob Axtell, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 13th November: 3.00pm
In Search of the Roots of Social Complexity
Chris Rouly, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 6th November: 3.00pm
Modeling the Fairfax County Alcohol System
Yasmin Said, Computational and Data Sciences, George Mason University

Friday, 30th November: 3.00pm
Demonstation of the Center's enhanced display facilities
Tim Gulden, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 23rd October: 3.00pm
Patents and Search Costs in a Multi-Agent Model of Endogenous Growth
Michael Makowsky, Department of Economics, Towson University

Friday, 16th October: 3.00pm
Some Cognitive Foundations of Computational Social Science
Bill Kennedy, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 9th October: 3.00pm
Introduction to NetLogo
Holly Russo, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 2nd October: 10.30am Research 1, Room 301
Using Agent-Based Models as Statistical Models
Ben Klemens, United States Census Bureau

Friday, 25th September: 3.00pm
Innovation in Software Development as an Evolutionary Process: Comparison Between Software Engineers and Genetic Programming Agents
Randy Casstevens, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 18th September: 3.00pm
Agent Modeling Using GPUs
Matthew Hendry, Department of Computational Social Science

Friday, 11th September: 3.00pm
A Relationship Between Growth and Size
Rob Axtell, Department of Computational Social Science