2018 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation
July 10-13, 2018, Lehman Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA

All papers are qualified for the Best Paper Award. Papers with student first authors will be considered for the Best Student Paper Award. Those receiving these awards will be invited to publish an extended version in a special issue of the journal Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory.


Regular Paper Submission: 11-January-2018
Author Notification: 12-February-2018
Final Version Submission for Regular Papers: 26-February-2018
Short Papers Submission: 04-May-2018
Author Notification: 01-June-2018
Final Version Submission for Short Papers: 18-June 2018
Doctoral consortium submissions due: 14-May-2018
Tutorial Submission: 14-May-2018
Demo Submission: 14-May-2018
Challenge Problem Submission: 14-May-2018
Author Notification: 01-June-2018
Final Version Submission for Challenge Problem: 25-June 2018
- Note, it is desirable but not required that regular paper abstracts be submitted by the abstract deadline.
All regular papers will be evaluated for: presentation in plenary, presentation in regular session, presentation as poster, or no presentation. All accepted regular papers will be published in the physical proceedings - the Springer LNCS volume. This volume is considered archival.

Short papers are intended for late breaking news, papers at a more conceptual stage, and other types of papers that are not appropriate as a regular paper. All short papers will be evaluated for: presentation as poster or no presentation. All accepted short papers will be published only in the on-line non-archival proceedings. All short papers submitted for late breaking news or poster presentations, if accepted, will be published on-line only in the on-line conference proceedings.

Tutorial submissions are 1 page description of the tutorial. All tutorials are 3 hours in length. All tutorial submissions, if accepted, will be published on-line only in the on-line conference proceedings.

Demo submissions are 1 page description of the software to be demoed and a PDF of the accompanying poster. All accepted demos will be run simultaneously during demo sessions with the posters shown behind the demos. All demo submissions (paper plus pdf of poster), if accepted, will be published on-line only in the on-line conference proceedings.


Submissions are solicited on research issues, theories, and applications. Topics of interests include the following:

Advances in Sociocultural & Behavioral Process Modeling

* Group formation, interaction, and/or evolution
* Collective action and governance
* Cultural patterns & representation
* Social conventions, social contexts and processes
* Influence process and recognition
* Public opinion representation, identification and modeling
* Information diffusion
* Psycho-cultural situation awareness
* Intelligent agents and avatars/adversarial modeling
* Models of reasoning and decision making
* Performance prediction, assessment, & skill monitoring/tracking
* Intelligent tutoring systems
* Cognitive robotics and human-robot interaction
* Human behavior issues in model federations

Information, Systems, & Network Science

* Data mining on social media platforms
* Diffusion and other dynamic processes over networks
* Inference of network topologies and changes over time
* Analysis of link formations and link types
* Detection of communities and other types of structures in networks
* Analysis of high-dimensional networks
* Analytics for social and human dynamics

Military & Intelligence Applications

* Group formation and evolution in the political context
* Networks and political influence
* Group representation and profiling
* Reasoning about terrorist group behaviors and policies towards them
* Cyber and attribution
* Computational methods to transform traditional GEOINT and open source data into spatio-temporal information describing events and activities

Applications for Health and Well-being

* Social network analysis to understand health behavior
* Modeling of public health and health care policy and decision making
* Modeling of behavioral aspects of infectious disease spread
* Modeling of behavioral aspects of prevention and treatment for chronic diseases (e.g., cancer, obesity, asthma)
* Intervention design and modeling for behavioral health

Example Other Applications of Interest to the Community

* Economic applications of behavioral and social prediction
* Model federation, integration, verification, or validation
* Evolutionary computing and optimization
* Education, training, professional development and workforce training in modeling and simulation


The conference solicits three categories of papers:

Regular papers (max. 10 pages)

All topics and authors (academic, government, industry) welcome
Published in a Springer volume and online. Plenary or poster presentation.

Short papers and Late-breaking results (max. 6 pages)

All topics and authors welcome.
Published online. Typically a poster or plenary presentation.

Demos (2-page abstract, or max. 6 pages)

Published online. Typically a poster or demo presentation.

Paper Formatting Guideline

The papers must be in English and MUST be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI guidelines. Sample LaTeX2e and WORD files are available at http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0. It is not required to submit a cover page first, this is optional.

All regular full paper submissions should be submitted as a paper with a maximum of 10 pages using the foregoing format. Total page count includes all figures, tables, etc. but not references. All accepted and finalized papers will be published in the formal printed proceedings. This is an archival document.

All posters and their associated paper, all demo descriptions, and all challenge problems and their associated paper will be published only in the on-line proceedings.

All submissions for posters, demo-presentations, challenge problem entries and late breaking results should be submitted as a paper with a maximum of 6 pages using the same format as the regular papers. All accepted entries will be posted on the SBP-BRiMS 2018 website.

A selection of authors will be invited to contribute journal versions of their papers to one of two planned special issues of the Springer journal “Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory” and another high-profile journal.


For any questions and inquiries concerning submissions, please email the program chairs at sbpbrims@andrew.cmu.edu.


Several half-day sessions will be offered on the day before the full conference. Sessions will be designed to meet the needs of one of two distinct groups. One group will consist of attendees who have backgrounds in computational science; computer science, engineering, and other mathematically oriented disciplines. Other tutorial sessions will be designed for behavioral and social scientists and others (e.g. those with medical backgrounds or training in public health) who may have limited formal education in the computational sciences. Attendees will gain an understanding of terminology, theories, and general approaches employed by computationally based fields, especially with respect to modeling approaches.

Tutorial proposal submission:

Tutorial proposals should be submitted online to sbpbrims@andrew.cmu.edu:. At minimum, each proposal must contain the following information:
* Title of the tutorial
* Description of the tutorial topic and structure. * Expected audience (including the expected backgrounds of the attendees)
* Short bio and contact information of the organizers

More details regarding the preconference tutorial sessions, including instructors, course content, and registration information will be posted to the conference website (SBP-BRiMS.org) as soon as this information becomes available. For further information, please contact sbpbrims@andrew.cmu.edu.


The conference expects to announce a computational challenge as in previous years. Additional details will be posted on the conference website.


Previous SBP conferences have included a Cross-fertilization Roundtable session or a Funding Panel. The purpose of the cross-fertilization roundtables is to help participants become better acquainted with people outside of their discipline and with whom they might consider partnering on future SBP-related research collaborations. The Funding Panel provides an opportunity for conference participants to interact with program managers from various federal funding agencies. Participants for the previous funding panels have included representatives from federal agencies, such as the NSF, NIH, DoD, ONR, AFOSR, USDA, etc.


SBP-BRiMS18 will feature a Best Paper Award and a Best Student Paper Award. All papers are qualified for the Best Paper Award. Papers with student first authors will be considered for the Best Student Paper Award.


Information on hotel and logistics will be provided at the conference website as it becomes available.


It is anticipated that a limited number travel scholarships will be available on a competitive basis. Additional information will be provided on the SBP-BRiMS Conference website as it becomes available.



The submission website will be available at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sbpbrims2018. To register a paper abstract, use the standard Easychair submission website and submit your title and abstract. Until the final paper deadline, you will be able to update your submission.
2016 Best Paper Award

2016 Best Student Paper Award