6.0491 CFP: Computing in Social Sciences 1993 (1/94)

Wed, 10 Feb 1993 05:46:43 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0491. Wednesday, 10 Feb 1993.

Date: Tue, 09 Feb 93 10:34:19 GMT
From: Donald A Spaeth <GKHA13@CMS.GLASGOW.AC.UK>
Subject: CSS '93 Announcement

I asked for details about the CSS conference a couple of weeks ago,
so thought I would pass on what I learned. My thanks to Wendy Plotkin
for forwarding this information to me.

Preliminary Announcement and Call for Papers

Computing in Social Sciences 1993 (CSS93) Conference
May 19-21, 1993
at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

CSS93 will be the fourth annual conference of the Social Science Computing
Association (SSCA). The purpose of SSCA, which is an interdisciplinary
organization, is to promote the development of computing within the social
sciences through organized activities and the interchange of ideas, data,
teaching materials, experiences, research results, and other resources. The
term "computing" is interpreted in a broad sense encompassing information
technology and electronic networks using computers. SSCA encourages those
interested in social science computing to attend CSS93.


To take advantage of the hospitality of the National Center for Supercomputing
Applications (NCSA), and its director, Dr. Larry Smarr, CSS93 will have as its
theme grand challenges for the social sciences. Grand challenges are problems
of national importance which often require high performance computing for their
solution. Numerous grand computing challenges have already been designated in
the physical sciences and are receiving federal research support. CSS93 will
help introduce social scientists to the world of high performance computing and
possibly lead to SSCA proposals for funding for social science grand computing
challenges (e.g., in global climate change policy analysis; pollution
prevention and waste management; health care; education; family research;
international competitiveness; urban development; disease control,; etc.).


CSS93 solicits original papers which report new research, survey or review
emerging trends, research in progress, proposed research projects, or
innovative applications. All papers relating to Social Sciences and Computing
are welcome. Past topics have included high performance computing, artificial
intelligence, database management, networks, GIS, visualization, socioeconomic
modeling, analytic methods, hypermedia, and policy impacts of computing. If you
wish to submit a paper, please send an abstract limited to 200 words to Program
Committee Chairperson, Bruce Tonn, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge,
Tenn. 37831-6207 (615-574-4041; fax 615-574-3895) by October 31, 1992.
Abstracts could also be submitted electronically by e-mail to Bruce Tonn at
BET@edbet.ed.ornl.gov or BET@ornlstc.bitnet. All submitted papers must include
a cover sheet containing name, address, telephone number, FAX and email address
of the person to whom correspondence regarding the paper should be addressed.
Authors will be notified concerning acceptance of the paper for presentation by
December 31, 1992. Authors will be required to have their papers available for
distribution at the conference. The Program Chairperson will arrange for
pre-presentation peer review of papers if so requested by the author(s).
Post-conference opportunities for publication include the Association's
journal, Social Science Computer Review, and a book to be published by the
Univeristy of Illinois Press.


One goal for CSS93 is to showcase several social science applications of high
performance computing. NCSA will assist selected social science researchers in
establishing projects that 'probe' the benefits for social science of NCSA HPC
resources. Assistance will be provided in three levels: high, medium, and low.
At the minimul level, NCSA will provide accounts on appropriate computers
(e.g., Cray, Connection Machine, etc.). At the next level, NCSA will also
provide some instruction about appropriate software, such as post-processing
data analysis and/or graphics or scientific visualization software that is
available to the user. At the highest level, NCSA staff will work closely with
the principal investigator to implement the application. In all cases,
participating researchers will have the goal of presenting the results of their
efforts at the conference. If you are interested in working with NCSA on a
probe project, please send a one page description of the project, indicating
what level of support is requested, by September 31, 1992 to Prof. Vernon
Burton, 4143 Beckman Institute-NCSA, 405 N. Mathews, University of Illinois,
Urbana, Illinois 61801, e-mail: hpcsocsc@ncsa.uiuc.edu. Please copy e-mail
applications to amichael@vmd.cso.uiuc.edu. At this point in time, the plans
are for 3-4 highest level projects, 6-7 mid-level projects, and approximately
12 minimum support projects. Notification of selected projects will be made by
October 30, 1992, at the latest, and work will begin immediately upon


CSS93 also solicits proposals for paper sessions, panel discussions, poster
sessions, and tutorials. These suggestions should be sent to Bruce Tonn.
Anyone wishing to demonstrate software systems at the conference are encouraged
to contact the Organizing Committee Chairperson, Vernon Burton. You are
encouraged to submit any other ideas for the conference and to become

More information will soon follow in succeeding announcements.