The New Center for Social Complexity: Computational Social Science at GMU

Claudio Cioffi-Revilla
Professor of Computational Social Sciences
Director, Center for Social Complexity
George Mason University

Abstract.- Computational social science is the exciting 21st century
frontier in the social sciences, "the third way of doing science" (R.
Axelrod). The mission of the Center is "to advance the knowledge frontiers
of social science by applying and developing computational and
interdisciplinary approaches that yield new insights into the fundamental
nature of social phenomena at all levels of complexity." The new Center is a
scholarly network of excellence, discovery, and invention, seeking the
highest scientific standards, and functioning as a leading, cutting-edge
participant in the emerging international computational social science
community. Peer centers are those at Harvard, UCLA, University of Chicago,
University of Michigan, Santa Fe Institute, Brookings Institution, and the
EU¹s fledgling Complex Systems Network of Excellence (EXYSTENCE). Research
topics include complexity theory, large-scale complex data structures,
social networks, data mining, computational events data, visualization,
finite event analysis, object-oriented modeling, agent-based simulations,
and any of the above in web-based, as these apply to social phenomena.