The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 325–346 | Cite as

Manifesto of computational social science

  • R. ConteEmail author
  • N. Gilbert
  • G. Bonelli
  • C. Cioffi-Revilla
  • G. Deffuant
  • J. Kertesz
  • V. Loreto
  • S. Moat
  • J. -P. Nadal
  • A. Sanchez
  • A. Nowak
  • A. Flache
  • M. San Miguel
  • D. Helbing
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Regular Article


The increasing integration of technology into our lives has created unprecedented volumes of data on society’s everyday behaviour. Such data opens up exciting new opportunities to work towards a quantitative understanding of our complex social systems, within the realms of a new discipline known as Computational Social Science. Against a background of financial crises, riots and international epidemics, the urgent need for a greater comprehension of the complexity of our interconnected global society and an ability to apply such insights in policy decisions is clear. This manifesto outlines the objectives of this new scientific direction, considering the challenges involved in it, and the extensive impact on science, technology and society that the success of this endeavour is likely to bring about.

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European Physical Journal Special Topic Multiagent System Social Phenomenon Social Complexity Complex World 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Conte
    • 1
    Email author
  • N. Gilbert
    • 2
  • G. Bonelli
    • 1
  • C. Cioffi-Revilla
    • 3
  • G. Deffuant
    • 4
  • J. Kertesz
    • 5
  • V. Loreto
    • 6
  • S. Moat
    • 7
  • J. -P. Nadal
    • 8
  • A. Sanchez
    • 9
  • A. Nowak
    • 10
  • A. Flache
    • 11
  • M. San Miguel
    • 12
  • D. Helbing
    • 13
  1. 1.ISTC-CNRRomeItaly
  2. 2.CRESSUniversity of SurreySurreyUK
  3. 3.Center for Social ComplexityGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  4. 4.National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA)ParisFrance
  5. 5.Institute of PhysicsBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary
  6. 6.Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  7. 7.University College LondonLondonUK
  8. 8.CNRSParisFrance
  9. 9.GISCCarlos III University of MadridMadridSpain
  10. 10.Center for Complex SystemsUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  11. 11.ICSUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  12. 12.IFISC (CSIC-UIB)Campus Universitat Illes BalearsPalma de MallorcaSpain
  13. 13.ETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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