‘Agent Based Social Simulation: Dealing with Complexity’ by Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey. This paper looks at how the complexity approach is being applied to the study of social systems and discusses how the tools of complexity are being used to explore them. It considers the advantages of a simulation methodology to the social researcher, the appropriateness of viewing society as a complex system, the problems of using traditional data in simulations and the main steps in developing a multi agent system.
‘Contributions to the Epistemology of modelling’, by L Meirer, M Paier, A Resetarits, H Schuster and J Zink. This paper discusses the process of understanding and reconstructing real world phenomena by modelling. It looks at the process of developing a model, the relationship between the model and its target, and finally it looks at the position of the modeller in the process and introduces the ‘theory of representation’ by Charles Peirce.