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New Publication! Policy Perspectives from Promising New Scholars in Complexity, Volume II

Editors: Dr. Liz Johnson and Dr. Joseph Cochran

The world is getting more complex causing policy problems to seemingly get bigger and become more intractable. Traditional approaches and conventional methodologies alone are no longer adequate to solve policy problems in our interconnected global environment. Promising new scholars in the field of policy and complexity are breaking boundaries and laying the groundwork for innovative perspectives on how to better define policy problems, impacts, attitudes, and solutions. Whether in the field of economics, education, energy, health, human security, or transportation, the selected essays and research in this book demonstrate how essential new thinking and approaches are needed.

These scholars have demonstrated vision, imagination, diligence, passion, and courage for solving problems. Don’t miss HOW some of the top promising new scholars address problems and add to creating viable solutions to some of the biggest policy issues of our day.


Announcing new work: Growing Inequality

Editors: George A. Kaplan, Ana V. Diez Roux, Carl P. Simon, and Sandro Galea

No single factor—but a system of intertwined causes — explains why America’s health is poorer than the health of other wealthy countries and why health inequities persist despite our efforts. Teasing apart the relationships between these many causes to find solutions has proven extraordinarily difficult. But now, in this book, researchers report on groundbreaking insights using computer-based systems science tools to simulate how these determinants come together to produce levels of population health and disparities and test new solutions.

The culmination of over five years of work by experts from a more than a dozen disciplines, this book represents a bold step forward in identifying why some populations are healthy and others are not. Applying the techniques of systems science, it shows how these tools can be used to increase our understanding of the individual, group, and institutional factors that generate a wide range of health and social problems. Most importantly, it demonstrates the utility and power of these techniques to both wisely guide our understanding and help policy makers know what works.

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“This book begins the process of unraveling some of the most ‘wicked’ problems in public health.”                 — Tony Iton, MD, JD, MPH—The California Endowment

… an intellectually courageous undertaking. It faces up to the reality of complexity in the social determinants of health. Its achievements and its documentation of difficulties will serve as a valuable foundation for the next generation of scientists and scholars who aim to understand the determinants of health and of health disparities.” 
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Former President, the Institute of Medicine

…goes beyond the search for a simplistic answer to health disparities and instead embraces the complexity. This is exactly what is needed if we are to improve population health and eliminate disparities.” 
Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, Chairman, Department of Health Policy & Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
It is increasingly likely that in the non-distant future that population health policy will be fully informed by a coherent computational decision-support system that integrates data, analytics, systems modeling, forecasting, and cost-effectiveness. This book marks a serious movement toward that future.” 
Donald S. Burke, MD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health, Dean, Graduate School of Public Health UPMC, Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

CAPS 2017, the first International Conference on Complexity-Based Analytics and Policies for Social Good

CAPS2017 – International Conference on Complexity-Based Analytics and Policies for Social Good

Organizer: The Journal for Policy and Complex Systems

Host: The Robert H. Smith School of Business, UMD

Location: Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, University of Maryland, Washington, DC

April 12 – 14, 2017

Web Site:

CAPS 2017 is the first International Conference on Complexity-Based Analytics and Policies for Social Good. CAPS 2017 is a cross-disciplinary conference for research where the tools of Complex Systems and/or Agent Based Modeling are used to examine a wide range of policies and procedures that promote, emphasize, contribute to, improve, or otherwise positively affect social good. This includes new definitions and measures of social good, methodologies for tracking impacts and trends, data sets, analytical methods, actors and populations, dynamic models, or social-level analysis.

Topics of modeling and simulation include, but are not limited to:

Economic Mobility

Access to Education

Access to Healthcare


Justice and Fairness


Dynamic Human Behavior

Human Factors

Digital Humanities

Socio-Economic and Financial Networks

Model Replication, Verification & Validation

Participatory & Human-in-the-Loop Simulations

Simulation Software & Computational Frameworks

Conflict Resolution & Cooperation

Coupled Human-Natural Systems

Diffusion of Innovations

Dynamics of Trust, Social Norms, Reputation & Opinion

Group Decisions & Collective Behaviors

Social Media


Smart Cities

Social Networks

Public Policy

Digital Divide



Submissions Due October 31th, 2016. Please submit papers of up to 10 pages through EasyChair.

More details can be found at:

Program Committee: Nazmiye Bacaksizlar, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA; Riccardo Boero, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA; Aaron Bramson, Riken Brain Science Institute, Japan; Ted Carmichael, TutorGen Inc, USA.Trevor Shaun Crawford, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA; Dave Dixon, University of New Mexico, USA; Magda Fontana, University of Turin, Italy; Robert Geyer, Lancaster University, UK; Michael Givel, University of Oklahoma, USA; Marco Guerzoni, University of Turin, Italy; Mirsad Hadzikadic (Chair), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA; Liz Johnson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA; Caroline Krejci, Iowa State University, USA; Ugo Merlone, University of Turin, Italy; Anu Miller, Cisco Systems, USA; Megan Olsen, Loyola University, USA; Mark Orr, Virgina Tech, USA; William Rand, North Carolina State University, USA; Pietro Terna, University of Turin, Italy; Elizabeth von Briesen, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA; Caroline Wagner, Ohio State University, USA; Asim Zia, University of Vermont, USA.


See print version of the CFP: CAPS-2017-Call-for-papers 2

Annual Meeting of Illinois Political Science Association (IPSA)

Promoting Scholarship in Social Science and Humanities

Please consider submitting a proposal for a paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of Illinois Political Science Association (IPSA).

The conference will be held on Saturday November 7, 2015 on the Campus North Park University/Chicago. We welcome all kind of papers in political science, history, sociology, Religion, and introduction to your published

Students from universities and community colleges with help from their advisors are encouraged to participate for a nominal fee payable at the Conference.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is September 25 and papers will undergo juried review on a rolling basis, with prompt notifications of acceptance/rejection.

All presented papers are eligible for submission to the Journal of Illinois Political Science Review (IPSR) and all submitted papers will be peer-reviewed for potential publication.

Please fill out the attachment and email to
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Do not Delay – Submit a Proposal TODAY!

The JPCS at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting

The JPCS was active at the recent American Political Science Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco over Labor Day.  Liz Johnson, Managing Editor, taught a short course on Complexity Applications to Policy Research.

The JPCS’ APSA group of Complexity & Public Policy also presented:   Roundtable on Complexity in Policy: The Missing Link

left to right: Paul Cairney, University of Stirling; Richard Beth, Congressional Research Service; Rober Geyer, Lancaster University
Roundtable presenters at APSA, Lucas Almeida & Liz Johnson
Roundtable presenters at APSA, Lucas Almeida & Liz Johnson

2016 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference (SpringSim’16)


April 3-6, 2016
The Westin Pasadena; Pasadena, CA, USA

Click here for hotel reservations at our discounted group rate!


The 2016 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference (SpringSim’16) is an annual conference sponsored by SCS which covers state-of-the-art developments in computer simulation technologies, as well as scientific, industrial, and business applications. Areas covered include high-performance computing technologies, models and algorithms, GUI visualization technologies, communications and much more. Application disciplines covered include advanced telecommunication; computer systems; aviation and aerospace; environment; energy; and other industries. The conference includes keynote speeches presented by technology and industry leaders, technical sessions, professional development tutorials and seminars, as well as vendor exhibits. Scientists, engineers, managers, educators, and business professionals who develop or use computer simulation methodologies and tools are invited to participate and present original papers. Proposals are solicited for papers, posters, panels, tutorials, workshops, seminars, exhibits, social activities and for other presentation, discussion and sponsorship formats. People are always welcome to benefit by taking an organizing role. SpringSim’16 offers many ways to promote simulation products and to enhance corporate images. You are invited to use the Spring Simulation Multi-Conference in ways that best serve your needs.


Visit the conference website for complete details, including full CFPs for all symposia and how to submit a paper. The following will take place at SpringSim 2016:

  • Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS)
  • Agent-Directed Simulation (ADS)
  • Communications and Networking Symposium (CNS)
  • High Performance Computing Symposium (HPC)
  • Symposium on Theory of Modeling & Simulation (TMS/DEVS)
  • Modeling and Simulation in Medicine (MSM)
  • Modeling and Simulation of Complexity in Intelligent, Adaptive and Autonomous Systems (MSCIAAS)
  • Student Modeling & Simulation Mobile App Competition
  • Posters & Student Colloquium
  • Work in Progress (WIP)
  • Tutorial Track
  • Vendor Track

Abstract Submission: Oct. 10, 2015

Abstract Feedback: Nov. 10, 2015

Full Paper Submission: Dec. 15, 2015

Notification of Acceptance: Jan. 31, 2016

Camera-Ready Paper: Feb. 29, 2016

*Anyone with questions about paper submittal or deadlines should contact the Program Chair directly: Gregory Zacharewicz (

The SpringSim’16 Organization Committee is:

If you have any questions about SpringSim’16, please contact the General Chair or the SCS office ( or 858-277-3888). Thank you!


OR Society Simulation Workshop SW16

This is a short note to the OR community to put the OR Society Simulation Workshop SW16 in your diary for 2016.  The workshop will take place at Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon, April 11-13th 2016.

If you an operational researcher working in the field of simulation the conference provides a good outlet for your work.  The biennial conference brings together a strong academic and practitioner field.  In addition to our usual programme of high quality oral and poster presentations this year we will be including an extra half day tutorial stream at no extra cost to delegates.   Beginner and advanced tutorials will be given by some of the top names in simulation.

A call for papers will be released shortly.