Paradigmatic Models in Social Sciences

Politecnico di Milano
Sept. 26 - 28, 2016

11th SICC International Tutorial Workshop "Topics in nonlinear dynamics"
Paradigmatic Models in Social Sciences

Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria, Politecnico di Milano
Via Ponzio 34/5, 20133 Milano, Italy

September 26 - 28, 2016
Organized by
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The need and use of mathematical modeling in economics, psychology, sociology, political and other social sciences is constantly growing.
Topics of particular interest include the fundamental aspects of choice, information, and interaction, the measurement of utility, welfare, and inequality, the formal theories of voting, justice, and bargaining, the control of illicit activities, the pervasive field of social networks, and others.

The workshop PMSS2016 offers a unique opportunity to meet researchers working across (and between) disciplines linked to mathematical modeling and social sciences. The program of invited contributions will show how the scientific approach of systems analysis, traditionally followed in physics and engineering, can be used to tackle social problems. A series of paradigmatic examples will be presented in a particular sequence that allows the main issues of nonlinear dynamics and networks theory to be introduced: from bistability to catastrophes, from stationary and cyclic to quasi-periodic and chaotic regimes, from the spreading of successful strategies to the emergence of clusters in networks.

The workshop is the 11th of a series of tutorial workshops annually organized by the Italian Society of Chaos and Complexity (SICC) to explore the emergence of new research fields in which the modeling of nonlinear phenomena plays a growing role. These workshops have been traditionally devoted to an interdisciplinary audience with particular attention to PhD students and young researchers. In this spirit, PMSS2016 is addressed to researchers working in various areas of science and engineering and interested in applying mathematical modeling to social sciences. The speakers have been specifically advised to perform didactic presentations of their results, with the aim of stimulating the active participation of students and researchers from different disciplines.

The workshop is also co-sponsored by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and by Politecnico di Milano, which is offering it as a course of its PhD School.
Fabio Della Rossa, Politecnico di Milano
Fabio Dercole, Politecnico di Milano
Sergio Rinaldi, Politecnico di Milano and IIASA
Francesco Calderoni, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Renato Casagrandi, Politecnico di Milano
Gustav Feichtinger, Vienna University of Technology
Carlo Piccardi, Politecnico di Milano
José-Manuel Rey, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Karl Sigmund, University of Vienna and IIASA
Lucia Tajoli, Politecnico di Milano
Arne Traulsen, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology