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About the Center

ResearchBuildingThe Center for Social Complexity at George Mason University is a specialized venue for pursuing interdisciplinary advanced research, discoveries, and inventions that support exploration and analysis of human social phenomena.  Center faculty and graduate assistants use computer modeling and related techniques to explore and understand complex human social phenomena.  Since its creation in 2002, the Center for Social Complexity has emerged as an innovative leader and active collaborator in the international Computational Social Science community.

The central mission of the Center is advanced research.  Projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research, and collaborations with the Smithsonian Institution and with other universities support studies of global significance.  One such project, for example, uses spatial simulations to investigate the impact of disastrous events such as drought or epidemic on land and life in Africa’s Rift Valley.  The implications of such studies are more than academic.  Understanding and mapping the discrete human and natural elements that comprise cataclysmic events is ultimately instrumental in determining not only their causes but in creating a context within which solutions or even preventative measures can be developed.

The Center’s work is both timely and dynamic.  It continues to develop new research proposals while seeking opportunities for developing collaborative scientific relations with other centers and individual scholars dedicated to the advancement of Computational Social Science and allied initiatives.  To discuss the possibility of future collaborations, please contact Dr. Claudio Cioffi, director of the Center for Social Complexity.