In July, the University of Amsterdam will be the epicenter of computational social science, hosting the 2019 edition of the International Conference on Computational Social Science.
What is computational social science?
Big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence: computational social science is the study of social phenomena using digitized information and computational and statistical methods. This means that computers are used to model, simulate, and analyze social phenomena.
Why computational social sciences?
With people creating more and more data on a daily basis there is more information to work with – also for the social sciences. “Applying the methods from computer science to the social sciences works very well. The challenges we are facing as a society are extremely complicated, and methods from computational social science fit the kinds of complex questions that we are asking nowadays” comments organiser Eelke Heemskerk, associate professor of political science at the UvA. He also directs the CORPNET research group that uses computational social sciences to uncover networks of corporate control.
The International Conference on Computational Social Science will bring together scientists from different disciplines and research areas to meet and discuss computational problems in the study of social systems and dynamics. This community, working on a wide variety of topics, shares the same toolbox. “We want to put Amsterdam on the map, too, as a hub for computational social science. There is a lot happening at the UvA, and we hope to put our research into the spotlight” says Eelke Heemskerk.
Over 350 researchers and practitioners from over 20 countries will visit the conference. The conference also brings in representatives and speakers from business and government. Also speakers from amongst others Facebook and Booking.com have been confirmed.