First International Conference on Computational Cultural Dynamics





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August 27, 2007

  • 8-9am: Registration and Continental breakfast
  • 9:00-9:10 Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:10-10:10am: Invited talk:

    Integration of Social Sciences in Modelling

    Lucy Resnyansky

    Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Australia

  • Dr. Lucy Resnyansky is a Research Scientist at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia. She has a Bachelor (Honours) degree in Linguistics (1985) and a PhD in Social Philosophy (1994) from Novosibirsk State University (Russia); and a PhD in Education (2005) from the University of South Australia. Her research experience covers studies of language as an instrument of power and influencing public opinion; computer-mediated communication; and discourse analysis of multimodal texts. Current research interests are in the areas of social modelling, epistemological aspects of multidisciplinary research, cross-cultural communication, sociocultural implications of technology, and use of ICT-mediated information sources. These issues are approached from the perspective of sociology of science, philosophy of technology, activity theory, semiotics and discourse theory.

  • 10:10-10:30: Break
  • 10:30-12:00: 3 talks - Computational Modeling, Part 1

    • A Computational Approach to Etiquette and Politeness: Validation Experiments
      • Chris Miller, Peggy Wu and Harry Funk
      • Smart Information Flow Technologies

    • SOMA Models of the Behaviors of Stakeholders in the Afghan Drug Economy: A Preliminary Report
      • Amy Sliva, Gerardo Simari, Maria Vanina Martinez and V.S. Subrahmanian
      • UMIACS, University of Maryland

    • Identity in Agent-Based Models: Issues and Applications
      • Jonathan Ozik, David Sallach and Charles Macal
      • Argonne National Laboratory and The University of Chicago

  • 12:00-1:30: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30: Invited talk:

    Modeling the Behavior of Terror Groups in the CARA Adversarial Reasoning Architecture

    V.S. Subrahmanian

    Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), University of Maryland

    V.S. Subrahmanian received his PhD in Computer Science from Syracuse University in 1989. Since then, he has been on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he holds the rank of Professor. He is Director of the University of Maryland's Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) established by the State of Maryland in the mid-1980s to pursue interdisciplinary research involving IT. He received the NSF Young Investigator Award in 1993 and the Distinguished Young Scientist Award from the Maryland Academy of Science/Maryland Science Center in 1997. Prof. Subrahmanian is recognized for his work on heterogeneous databases, probabilistic reasoning and reasoning in the presence of space, time, uncertainty, and objective functions. He has developed the first algorithms to optimize objective functions in the presence of logical rules, uncertainty, and time. He was one of the first to recognize the importance of modeling decision making entities in culturally diverse environments. He has edited two books and co-authored three.

  • 2:30-2:00: Break
  • 3:00-4:00: 2 talks - Application areas

    • Computational Analysis in US Foreign and Defense Policy
      • Claudio Cioffi-Revilla1 and Sean O'Brien2
      • 1Center for Social Complexity, George Mason University, 2DARPA<

    • Network Analysis of Public Sector Coordination and Collaboration: Conceptual and Methodological Applications
      • David Dornisch
      • U.S. Government Accountability Office

  • 4:00-4:30: Break
  • 4:30-5:30: 2 talks - Computational Tools

    • T-REX: A System for Automated Cultural Information Extraction
      • Massimiliano Albanese and V.S. Subrahmanian
      • Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland

    • GPNeg: General Purpose Negotiation Training Tool
      • Raz Lin1, Sarit Kraus1 and Jonathan Wilkenfeld2
      • 1Computer Science Dept, Bar-Ilan University
      • 2Director, Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), University of Maryland

August 28, 2007

  • 8-9am: Registration and Continental breakfast
  • 9:00-10:00: 2 talks - Computational Modeling, Part 2

    • Dynamic Programming with Stochastic Opponent Models in Social Games
      • Tsz-Chiu Au
      • Dept. of Computer Science, University of Maryland

    • Coercive Utopianism: Endogenous Models of Cultural Dynamics
      • David Sallach, Charles Macal and Jonathan Ozik
      • Joint Threat Anticipation Center, Argonne National Laboratory and The University of Chicago

  • 10:00-10:30: Break
  • 10:30-11:30: 2 talks - Simulations

    • Symbolic Noise Detection in the Noisy Iterated Chicken Game and the Noisy Iterated Battle of the Sexes
      • Tsz-Chiu Au1, Sarit Kraus2 and Dana Nau3
      • 1Computer Science, University of Maryland
      • 2Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University
      • 3Director, Laboratory for Computational Cultural Dynamics (LCCD), University of Maryland

    • Towards A Knowledge-rich Agent-based Social Simulation
      • Afzal Upal and Rik Warren
      • Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

  • 11:30-1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00: LCCD Demos
  • 2:00-2:45: Break
  • 2:45-4:30: Invited panel:
    Computational Cultural Dynamics: What Should It Be?
    • Dana Nau (moderator), University of Maryland
    • Sean O'Brien, DARPA
    • Shahmahmood Miakhel, Former Deputy Minister of the Interior in Afghanistan
    • Barry Silverman, Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
    • John Salerno, Air Force Fellow, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

This conference is sponsored by the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), and the Laboratory for Computational Cultural Dynamics (LCCD).