2020 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation
Oct 19-22, 2020, Virtual

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: 28-Feb-2020 (Midnight EST)
Author Notification: April - 6, 2020
Camera-ready Submission (Regular Papers): 30-June-2020

Working/Late-breaking Paper: 1-Sept-2020
Doctoral Consortium: 1-Sept-2020
Tutorial, Demo Submission: 1-Sept-2020
Acceptance Notification: 21-Sept-2020

Challenge Submission: 1-Sept-2020
Challenge Notification: 21-Sept-2020
Final Video and Powerpoint Submission: 30-Sept-2020


Paper Submission: 01-Sept-2020
Reviews Submission: 21-Sept-2020
Camera-ready Submission (Website): 30-Sept-2020
Invited papers for Journal Special Issue: 15-Nov-2020

Submit your paper here. Until the final paper deadline, you will be able to update your submission.

To submit the final version, the authors should update easychair with their final submission and any zips (containing source images) at the same location as their original submission. In addition, authors should download and sign the copyright form and upload it in easychair along with their submission. The editors of the proceedings are: Robert Thomson, Chris Dancy, Halil Bisgin, Ayaz Hyder. Please list them on your copyright form as the editors.

Note, all papers undergo a rigorous peer review process for presentation in the plenary, regular, or poster sessions. All papers accepted to the plenary sessions will be published in the archival proceedings - the Springer LNCS volume. Regular papers will be evaluated for either the archival or online proceedings. The remaining tracks will be published online for 1 year on our non-archival conference website. Each accepted paper requires confirmation of conference registration and requires a separate registration.


The papers must be in English and MUST be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI guidelines. View sample LaTeX2e and WORD files. All regular paper submissions should be submitted as a paper with a maximum of 10 pages. Total page count includes all figures, tables, and references.

Special Validation Track

This year we are soliciting papers for a special workshop on validation to be held during the conference. When submitting your paper in EasyChair please indicate whether you want to be considered for this track. Validation serves as a robust check on inferences made from social computing, modeling and simulation. Validated models, algorithms and tools are needed in order to appropriately translate them into actionable intelligence, applications and workflows that are of consequence for societal benefit.

The Special Track on Validation invites submission that address multiple aspects of validation including but not limited to epistemology, qualitative and quantitative methods for validation, barriers to validation, and best practices for validation. Submissions are invited from all disciplines including but not limited to health and well-bring, military and intelligence, social computing, and behavioral sciences. Full papers and working papers are welcome for this track. Please follow the paper format guidelines for each submission type. You must select the Special Track on Validation on the submission website when submitting papers under this track. Selected papers will be invited for oral or poster presentations during a special panel on validation at the conference.

Special Track on "Coronavirus-19: A Global Pandemic"

The year 2020 started off with a global pandemic that continues to impact all aspects of society. The total burden of the global pandemic remains to be estimated but will be substantial based on the latest estimates. Recognizing the urgent need to address this global public health crisis and the breadth of expertise and methods that are being brought to bear on this crisis, the Program Chairs of SBP-BRiMS invite papers that describe models and tools, inform decisions and policymakers, and offer solutions to address the ongoing and future impacts of global pandemics.

Under each of the SBP-BRiMS focus areas topics of interest for this Call for Papers include, but are not limited to:

Health and Well-being

  • Modeling of behavioral aspects of infectious disease spread
  • Social network analysis to understand health behavior
  • Modeling of public health and health care policy and decision making
  • Modeling of behavioral aspects of prevention and treatment for respiratory and other chronic diseases (e.g., asthma, cancer, obesity)
  • Intervention design and modeling for behavioral health
  • Methods for academic-community collaboration during public health crisis
  • Education, training, professional development and workforce training during pandemics
  • Methods for academic-community collaboration during public health crisis
  • Education, training, professional development and workforce training during pandemics
  • Advances in Sociocultural & Behavioral Process Modeling Agent-based modeling

  • Agent-based modeling, system dynamics model, decision-support systems, hybrid modeling
  • Information diffusion (e.g., myths, misinformation, disinformation, public opinion)
  • Group formation, interaction, and/or evolution
  • Social conventions, social and cultural contexts and processes (e.g., national comparisons)
  • Understanding pandemic disparity
  • Information, Systems, & Network Science

  • Disease spread over dynamic networks
  • Data mining on social media platforms looking at social and human dynamics
  • Detection of vulnerable and resilient communities (e.g., isolated or semi-isolated networks)
  • Political, Military & Intelligence Applications Coordination of global response Effect on military readiness?

  • Coordination of global response
  • Effect on military readiness
  • Global disinformation attacks
  • Effectiveness of military-augmented interventions (e.g., medical and logistical support)
  • Economic/political theories and realities during pandemics (e.g., capitalism, democracy, communism)
  • Cybersecurity attacks (e.g., malware attacks during times of stress)


    The conference expects to announce a computational challenge as in previous years. Additional details will be posted in December. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to receive updates.


    Several half-day sessions will be offered on the day before the full conference. More details regarding the preconference tutorial sessions will be posted as soon as this information becomes available..


    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, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Army Research Office (ARO), National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


    It is anticipated that a limited number of travel scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to students who are presenting papers. Additional information will be provided soon.

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    Download Call for Papers in PDF format here.

    * Late breaking and short papers are now referred to as working papers.



    The submission website is available here. To submit your paper, use the standard Easychair submission website. Until the final paper deadline, you will be able to update your submission.
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