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Is There a Physics of Society? January 10-12, 2008, Santa Fe NM

Organizers: Michelle Girvan (University of Maryland) and Aaron Clauset (Santa Fe Institute)


Agenda: Thursday Friday Saturday

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

7:00pm - 9:00pm Welcome reception (Hotel Santa Fe)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

8:30am - 9:00 Introductory remarks
9:00 - 9:40 Mark Buchanan (abstract, homepage)
Prospects for "social physics"
9:50 - 10:30 D. Eric Smith (abstract, homepage)
Good social science as good physics?
10:40 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:40 Rob Axtell (abstract, homepage)
Interacting Particles vs. Interacting Agents: Where is the Cut-off?
11:50 - 12:30 Discussion (led by Michael Fisher, homepage)
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:10 John M. Roberts Jr. (abstract, homepage)
Examining the modern history of interaction between social science and physics
2:20 - 3:00 Lars-Erik Cederman (abstract, homepage)
Toward a non-equilibrium approach to political violence
3:10 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:10 Frank Schweitzer (abstract, homepage)
Enhancing social interaction: preferences, similarities, and trust
4:20 - 5:00 Discussion
7:00 Dinner (Coyote Cafe)

Friday, January 11, 2008

8:55am - 9:00 Introductory remarks
9:00 - 9:40 Luis Bettencourt (abstract, homepage)
Elements of a coarse-grained quantitative theory of Society: Physics perhaps, but like you’ve never seen it before
9:50 - 10:30 David Gibson (abstract, homepage)
Events and Their Aftermath
10:40 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:40 Matthew Salganik (abstract, homepage)
The puzzling nature of success in cultural markets
11:50 - 12:30 Discussion
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:10 Dirk Brockmann (abstract, homepage)
New Perspectives on Global Human Traffic: Scaling Laws, Emergent Geographic Communities, Geocaching and Trackable Items
2:20 - 3:00 Michael Gastner (abstract, homepage)
The Price of Anarchy in Transportation Networks
3:10 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:10 Matthew O. Jackson (abstract, homepage)
An Economic Model of Friendships: Understanding the Roles of Choice and Chance in Social Network Formation
4:20 - 5:00 Discussion

Saturday, January 12, 2008

8:55am - 9:00 Introductory remarks
9:00 - 9:40 Cosma Shalizi (abstract, homepage)
Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Econophysics?
9:50 - 10:30 Petter Holme (abstract, homepage)
Simple models of teens, diplomats, religious cults and more
10:40 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:40 Mark Handcock (abstract, homepage)
A Longitudinal Model of Network Formation: Heider's theory of Balance vs Simmel's triadic formation
11:50 - 12:30 Discussion
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:10 Dirk Helbing (abstract, homepage)
Modeling and Simulating Social Systems from the Bottom Up
2:20 - 3:00 Carter Butts (abstract, homepage)
Is There a Viable Social Physics? Yes, No, and In Part
3:10 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:10 Doyne Farmer (abstract, homepage)
Social evolution: Where are the barnacles?
4:20 - 5:00 Discussion (led by Michelle and Aaron)
5:00 Concluding remarks