Demographic change is a critical factor in urban and social planning. Age distributions impact planning for child-care services, schools, and elder care; population density impacts planning for transportation, energy consumption, and medical care; cities need to manage infrastructure and immigrant integration; and rural areas must contend with economic shifts and scarcity of employment opportunities. For policy professionals to make best use of the powerful techniques of computational modeling and simulation, policy simulations must take full account of demographic change. This calls for computational models that are capable of generating accurate demographic projections while simultaneously indicating how those projections depend on model assumptions and assisting policy professionals with the ethical challenge of taking responsibility for simulation-based policy recommendations. Addressing these and related challenges is the focus of this special track at the 2019 Social Simulation Conference.


Track Chairs

Wesley J. Wildman, Professor, Boston University, USA, and Director of the Center for Mind and Culture

F. LeRon Shults, Professor, University of Agder, Norway, and Director of the NORCE Center for Modeling Social Systems

List of presentations

AuthorsTitleType of SubmissionPresentation Time
F. Leron Shults, Wesley J. Wildman and Saikou DialloComputational Demography of Religion: A ProposalFull paper30 min
Allé Dieng, Mamadou Bousso and Latif DramaniEconomical Dependency Evolution and ComplexityExtended abstract15 min