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University of Surrey (coordinator)

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The University of Surrey is a research-focused University founded in 1967 with a mission that emphasizes professional and applied research. It has strong research groups in engineering (especially space science and communications), environmental science (especially life cycle analysis) and the social sciences.  In proportion to its size, it has the third greatest proportion of its income from research grants and contracts of all the British Universities.

The Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) is involved in a number of research projects applying simulation to policy in areas such as the governance of science, web-based social networks, and basic research on modelling the evolution of social structure.

Recent projects funded by the European Commission in which CRESS has been a partner include:

  • Emergence in the loop: simulating the two way dynamics of norm innovation (EMIL), funded by the New and Emerging Science and Technology programme of the 6th Framework Programme, 2006–9
  • Network Models, Governance and R&D collaboration networks (NEMO), funded by the New and Emerging Science and Technology programme, 2006–9
  • Pattern Resilience (PATRES), funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies unit of the 6th Framework, 2007–10
  • Coordinator, Quality Collectives (QLectives), Integrated Project funded by the Future and Emerging Technologies unit of the 7th Framework, European Commission, 2009 – 2012
  • Engineering the Policy Lifecycle (ePolicy), funded by the 7th Framework, European Commission, 2011 – 2014

website: CRESS

Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology, National Research Council, Roma


The Laboratory of Agent-based Social Simulation is a highly interdisciplinary research group, including cognitive scientists, physicists, communication scientists, philosophers, computer scientists and economists. 

In the last few years, cross-methodological research, comparing natural and artificial data, has become a priority. Since the evolutionary study of altruism and reciprocity was undertaken at the LABSS, and our study of reputation was applied to a theory-driven design of reputation technology, our simulations started to be increasingly anchored to real-world data, from vampires’ food-sharing to human exchanges and electronic communities.

CNR/ISTC has participated in many European Projects, including:

And coordinated two STREP projects under FP6,

Website: LABSS

Università degli Studi di Palermo

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Studies Department on Law, Politics and Society “Gaetano Mosca” (DPDS/UNIPA) was established in 1987 and today has a experience for the curriculum of professional resources. It re-unites studies of political, legal and social phenomena pertaining to various disciplinary areas in order to develop research that explores links between such phenomena and to promote and coordinate cultural formation of political, legal and social operators. The Department is a public institution. 

DPDS/UNIPA has participated in many Research Projects on illegality phenomenon and has joined several National Projects (PRIN), among them:

  • Research Project I costi dell’illegalità. Mafia and extortions in Sicilia, 2006-2008, in collaboration with Fondazione Rocco Chinnici, Confindustria Palermo, Compagnia di San Paolo;
  • PRIN 2006-2007: Dimensioni dello sviluppo. Sicurezza, politiche sociali, innovazione, scientific coordinator Professor Antonio La Spina;
  • PRIN 2006-2007: Le tre mafie: intrecci, ibridazione culturale, relazioni di potere tra Cosa Nostra, ‘Ndrangheta e Camorra' scientific coordinator Professor Alessandra Dino;
  • Research Project I costi dell’illegalità. Camorra and extortions in Campania 2008-2010, in collaboration with Fondazione Rocco Chinnici, University of Napoli “Federico II”, Confindustria Napoli, Compagnia di San Paolo;
  • PRIN 2008-now: The networks of organised crime: performances, simulation models, comparison scientific coordinator Professor Antonio La Spina in collaboration with Università degli Studi Roma Tre, University degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR).

Website: Università degli Studi di Palermo

Universität Koblenz-Landau

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The University of Koblenz-Landau was founded in 1990 as successor to a teachers’ training college. Its computer science department has a longer history that dates back until 1978 and from the very beginning integrated computer applications in the social sciences, such that it was one of the first departments to be partly devoted to what nowadays is called computational social science. It has now more than twenty working groups headed by professors from all branches of pure and applied computer sciences. The computer science department of the University of Koblenz-Landau is among the larger computer science department in Germany.

The research group in empirical methods, modelling and simulation (EMMS) headed by Michael Möhring has been working in statistical software, data mining and the agent-based simulation of social and economic processes for more than two decades.

The EMMS research group has been involved in European Framework Programme projects on simulation approaches in economics and the social sciences since 1997, e.g. in the project on “Freshwater Integrated resources modelling with agents (FIRMA)” and “Emergence in the Loop (EMIL)” where the latter provides part of the basic simulation software that can be used during this project. The group is now also involved in the FP7 project on “Open Collaboration in Policy Modelling (OCOPOMO)” which is designing and implementing a software tool to support participatory simulation and policy modelling.

Website: Universität Koblenz-Landau