Agent-Based Modeling in Philosophy

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Keynote Speakers

Jason Alexander is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method in the London School of Economics. Before joining the department at the LSE, he earned his PhD from the University of California at Irvine and worked at the Department of Philosophy at the University of California - San Diego. His primary field of research concerns evolutionary game theory as applied to the evolution of morality and social norms. He has also worked on the foundations of decision theory and philosophy of science. For more information, visit his website.

Rosaria Conte is the head of the Laboratory of Agent Based Social Simulation (LABSS) at the Institute for Cognitive Science and Technology in Rome. She is the former President of the European Society of Social Simulation (ESSA) and of the Italian Cognitive Science Association (AISC). Conte is a cognitive and social scientist, who has published more than 150 among scientific articles and books on social norms, reputation-based social regulation, agent-based social simulation, cultural evolution, "info-societies", and virtual markets.  For more information, visit her website.

Scott Page is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan, where he also directs the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. In 2011, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research focues on diversity in complex systems, and he has written three books on the subject: The Difference, which demonstrates the benefits and costs of diversity in social contexts, Complex Adaptive Social Systems (with John Miller), which provides an introduction to complexity theory, and, most recently, Diversity and Complexity, which explores the contribuitons of diversity within complex systems.  For more information, visit his website.

Michael Weisberg is a philosophy professor at the University of Pennsylvania and faculty affiliate of the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. His research focuses on the philosophy of science, especially the role of idealization in modeling. Much of this work focuses on models drawn from evolutionary ecology and structural chemistry. His other research includes a characterization of modeling tradeoffs, defense of the importance of robustness analysis, the nature of the chemical bond, the division of cognitive labor, and the psychological basis of the public understanding of science. For more information, visit his website.

Kevin Zollman is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University and an associate editor of the journal Philosophy of Science. His research focuses on game theory, agent-based modeling, and the philosophy of science. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine. For more information, visit his website.