The Society for Computational Economics (SCE) supports research activities related to computational economics, the intersection between economics and computation. Included within computational economics are a variety of special interest groups focusing on areas such as agent-based computational modeling, computational econometrics and statistics, computational finance, computational modeling of dynamic macro systems, computational tools for the design of automated Internet markets, programming tools specifically designed for computational economics, and pedagogical tools for the teaching of computational economics. Resources available at the SCE home page include conference information, special interest group contact information, journal and book pointers, information regarding the annual SCE graduate student paper contest, and instructions for joining the SCE. For more information, please visit the SCE home page at http://comp-econ.org/
From an announcement by Nicholas Economides (Director, NET Institute, 4/8/03): "I am writing to announce the creation of NET Institute, the Networks, Electronic Commerce and Telecommunications Institute. The NET Institute is a non-profit institution devoted to research on network industries, electronic commerce, telecommunications, the Internet, "virtual networks" comprised of computers that share the same technical standard or operating system, and on network issues in general. The NET Institute will function as a world-wide focal point for research and open exchange and dissemination of ideas in these areas. The NET Institute will competitively fund cutting edge research projects in these areas, and it will organize conferences and seminars on these issues." For more information, visit http://www.NETinst.org
George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia) has established a multidisciplinary Center for Social Complexity (CSC) that will focus on the relatively new and growing field of computational social science, the scientific investigation of social phenomena using computer models, algorithms, and related information technology methods. Claudio Cioffi-Revilla, the director of the CSC, describes computational social science as the `exciting 21st century frontier in the social sciences.'
Announcement from Kathleen Carley (Carnegie Mellon University, January 1): "For those of us in the computational social and organizational science community, the hard work of many has led to the formation of a new society: NAACSOS - The North American Association for Computational Social and Organizational Science. In addition, 2003 is the inaugural conference for the newly formed NAACSOS. This blends many of the old/existing computational social science groups and events together into a regional event that spans all the social sciences. This year the conference will be run with the CASOS conference as a sub-panel. In future years the conference will rotate to other sites and other conferences may appear as sub-panels."
The Economic Science Association (ESA) consists of a collection of researchers interested in conducting economic laboratory experiments using human subjects. A new permanent Web site has just been launched for the ESA, accessible at http://www.economicscience.org/. This site will be the central online source of news and information about the ESA. Anyone wishing to receive free ESA email announcements should register at the ESA Web site.
The Technical Committee on Computational Intelligence (TCCI) of the IEEE Computer Society deals with tools and systems using biologically and linguistically motivated computational paradigms, such as artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolutionary optimization, self-organization, rough sets, data mining, Web intelligence, intelligent agent technology, parallel and distributed information processing, and virtual reality. The TCCI sponsors the IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI), and co-sponsors the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) with TC-PAMI, the IEEE/WIC International Joint Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI/IAT) with the WIC.
From the Web Intelligence Newsletter (Issue 1, September 2002): "Web Intelligence (WI) is a new direction for scientific research and development that explores the fundamental roles as well as practical impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced Information Technology (IT) on the next generation of Web-empowered products, systems, services, and activities. It is the key and the most urgent research field of IT in the era of Web and agent intelligence."
"At the 24th Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (IEEE COMPSAC) in 2000, we and our colleagues first introduced Web Intelligence (WI). In 2001, the first Web Intelligence conference (WI 2001, http://kis.maebashi-it.ac.jp/wi01/) was successfully held in Maebashi, Japan. We have received quick and vast responses, as well as kind support, from research communities, industry, and reputable scientific publishers. To meet the strong demands for participation and the growing interests in WI, the Web Intelligence Consortium (WIC) was formed in Spring 2002."
"The WIC (http://wi-consortium.org/) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting world-wide scientific research and industrial development in the era of Web and agent intelligence. The major activities of the WIC include: Organizing Web and agent intelligence related conferences and showcases; Publishing Web and agent intelligence related journal and special issues of journals, annual reviews, books, and newsletters; Official releases of new industrial solutions, e.g., new tools, systems, and standards; Supporting, prompting, and collaborating with WIC Research Centres and WI/IAT related companies. The WIC has a partner relationship with the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computational Intelligence (TCCI) (http://www.cs.uvm.edu/~xwu/tfvi/index.shtml)."
For additional information about WIC, visit http://wi-consortium.org/
From an announcement by Frederic Amblard (France): "I am pleased to announce to you the creation of a new mailing list that may be close to your topics. The list is called "dynnet" and its aim is to discuss and exchange information about modelling the evolution and the dynamics of networks (social networks but also the Web and so on). It may refer to different domains such as sociology (Evolution of social networks), physics (small worlds, diameter of the Web) or computer science and multi-agent systems (how to control multi-agent social structures...). As a growing number of papers and scientists emerge on this specific topic, it may be interesting to exchange ideas from different fields." For subscription information, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dynnet
From UMBC AgentNews (v6n9): "Foundation for Intelligent Physical Agents (FIPA) maintains a set of mailing lists, most of which are open to anyone. Mailing lists include those devoted to general discussion, agent architectures, agents in wireless environments, the agentCities application testbed, and manufacturing applications." For more information, visit http://www.fipa.org/activities/mailing.html.
The SimSoc Mailing List provides news and information about computer simulation in the social sciences. For more information about the SimSoc Mailing list, including how to join, visit the SimSoc Mailing List Home Page.
The AgentLink Network of Excellence has established a special interest group (SIG) for agent based social simulation (ABSS). This SIG is being coordinated by Rosaria Conte (IP/Cnr, Rome) and Scott Moss (University of Manchester). The main function of the ABSS SIG is the establishment of collaborative projects, including applications for funding under the Fifth Framework. Since it is now possible to combine applications for European funding under the Fifth Framework with American-funded applications, it may be that the SIG will have a role in facilitating such transatlantic ventures.
Anyone can participate in the ABSS SIG. Costs of participation can be met out of SIG funds for participants who are from institutions that are members of AgentLink, which is itself a network of excellence under the Esprit Programme of the European Commission. The funds are by no means unlimited but SIG organizers expect to fund the costs of a substantial proportion of those who are eligible and attend SIG meetings.
Additional information can be obtained at the ABSS SIG Home Page, including a link to a call for participation in the first ABSS SIG meeting and instructions for joining the ABSS email discussion list. General information about AgentLink can be obtained at the AgentLink Home Page.
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The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is a private, non-profit research and education institution in Santa Fe, New Mexico that supports multidisciplinary collaborations focusing on the study of complexity and complex adaptive systems. SFI's broad program of research is aimed at understanding both the common features of complex systems and at comprehending the enormous diversity of specific examples. Topics currently under study include evolutionary biology; scaling in biology and ecology; agent-based modeling and simulation tools; models of the immune systems, cellular regulation and other biological systems; and models of economic, political and social interactions.
SFI supports residential and off-campus research opportunities for young scholars at various career stages. Positions open include postdoctoral fellowships in complex studies and NSF summer research opportunities for undergraduates. The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
For more information, please contact Christine Gonzales, Program Coordinator, SFI Research Programs, at (505) 984-8800, extension 235.