Join us @SSF2021

The ESSA SIG for Social Simulation and Games is organizing the 2nd Workshop on Games and Agent-Based Modelling – Realising Synergies at the Social Simulation Fest 2021. The workshop provides an interactive environment for a diverse community of researchers to connect and exchange experiences of mixing Games and ABM. The workshop will take place on Monday, the 15th of Mach from 11.15 to 12:45 CET. Find out more about the program here:

Social Simulation and Games at the Social Simulation Week 2020

On Thursday, 17th of October 2020, the ESSA SIG for Social Simulation and Games organized the workshop Games and Agent-Based Modelling- Investigating Synergies at the Social Simulation Week 2020. Three invited speakers, Christophe LePage, Lui Yang and Timo Szczepanska, led the workshop participants through a 1,5 hours programme. During the day, we reviewed current practices and discussed drivers and barriers when integrating mixed method research designs that combine games and ABM.  Video and programme (Timestamp: 0:01:55)Liu Yang (Southeast University, China) talked about integrating agent-based modelling and serious gaming for planning transport infrastructure and public spaces. (Timestamp: 0:30:00)Timo Szczepanska (UiT – The Arctic University of […] Read More

SSSG @ 2016 Social Simulation Conference

We would like to invite you to submit a paper for our special sessions at the 2016 Social Simulation Conference (SSC). The conference will take place in the period 19-23 September in Rome, Italy and the current deadline for full papers, extended abstracts and posters is set to April 4th. Session chairs Melania Borit, University of Tromsø (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway, Norway Harko Verhagen, Stockholm University, Sweden This special session focuses on the interplay between social simulation and serious games. We wish to bring together researchers working on both fields to a crossroads at which synergies will be created between […] Read More

ESSA special track: guest talk by David Crookall

We are pleased to announce that David Crookall, editor of the Simulation & Gaming journal and professor at the University of Nice, will give a guest talk at the special track of the Social Simulation and Serious Games (SSSG) track of the 2015 ESSA conference. The special track will take place on Wednesday 16 Septembre from 10:45 – 12:15. In his talk, entitled ‘It is not so much the simulation, it is what you do with it: Processing to learn’, David will explain how simulation games can be used to teach and inform people using his motto of ‘learning starts when the game stops’. The […] Read More

Special Session on SSSG @ ESSA 2015

We are pleased to announce the second special session of the SSSG SIG at this year’s ESSA conference, on the 16th of Septembre from 10:45 – 12:15 (see the conference’s programme). We have three talks in this session, namely the following: Floor Ambrosius, Christophe Le Page, Gert Jan Hofstede, Eddie Bokkers and Bettina Bock. Gaming to gain insight in pork farmers’ strategic decision-making Larissa Mogk. SocialSIM – Real-life social simulation as a field for students’ research projects Paolo Campo, Angela Druckman, Elizabeth York and Amy Woodward. Food Incident Interactive Training Tool: a serious game for food incident management We welcome people interested […] Read More

CfP for special session on SSSG @ SSC 2015

As organizers of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Serious Games and Social Simulation (SSSG), we would like to invite you to consider submitting a paper for our special session at the 2015 Social Simulation Conference (SSC). This will take place from September 14-18 in Groningen, The Netherlands and the current deadline for full papers, extended abstracts and posters is set to April 13th. In our SIG, we focus on the interplay between social simulation and serious games. We wish to bring together researchers working on both fields to a crossroads at which synergies will be created between the two areas. In SSSG, we investigate […] Read More

SSSG & Special track @ ESSA 2014

A small, but important change of name has occurred: this SIG is no longer called SS4SG (Social Simulation 4 Serious Games), but SSSG: Social Simulation and Serious Games. We chose to do so because the ‘4’ implied that the collaboration between the fields of social simulation and serious games is only a one-way relation; of course, it’s meant to be a bi-directional relation! Therefore, we replaced the ‘4’ with an ‘and’. Soon, changes will be made in the website and mailing list that will reflect this and we will make sure the transition won’t cause any problems. I am pleased to announce […] Read More

Special Track on SS4SG @ ESSA 2014 with invited speaker: Alexander Verbraeck

We are happy to announce that our Social Simulation 4 Serious Games SIG has a special track at the ESSA conference at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona next week. In total, we have three talks, one given by an invited speaker, Alexander Verbraeck from TU Delft; one by Setsuya Kurahashi and Keisuke Kuniyoshi from the University of Tsukuba; and one given by Jeroen Linssen from the University of Twente. The special track will take place on Wednesday the 3rd from 17:30 to 19:00 (see the programme). The talks are described below. Invited speaker: Alexander Verbraeck Alexander Verbraeck (MSc in applied mathematics 1987 (cum laude); PhD in logistics […] Read More

Possible Special Track @ ESSA 2014

As a first possible event for SS4SG, we have been invited to submit papers related to our topic to ESSA 2014 at Barcelona, Spain, this year’s conference of the European Social Simulation Association. If enough (at least 3) papers get accepted, a special track on Social Simulation for Serious Games will be organised. The official Call for Papers for ESSA can be found here: Please notify us if you intend to submit a paper to ESSA related to the topic of SS4SG. Types of contributions accepted: Full papers – in the length of 10 to 12 pages, should be comprehensive and consists […] Read More