University of Maryland

2014 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction (SBP14)

October 6th, 2013 by

April 2 – April 4, 2014, UCDC Center,  Washington DC, USA
Conference Website:


  • Paper Registration Deadline:  November 8, 2013
  • Paper/full text poster Due:  November 15, 2013
  • Author Notification:  December 20, 2013

Pre-conference Tutorial Sessions: April 1, 2014

SBP14 Conference (Single Track), April 2-4, 2014)


An up to date list of sponsors will be available on the conference website.

Sponsors for SBP in previous years included:

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • The Army Research Organization (ARO)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

SBP is a multidisciplinary conference with a selective single paper track and poster session. SBP also invites a small number of high quality tutorials and nationally recognized keynote speakers.

Social computing harnesses the power of computational methods to study social behavior within a social context. Cultural behavioral modeling refers to representing behavior and culture in the abstract, and is a convenient and powerful way to conduct virtual experiments and scenario analysis. Both social computing and cultural behavioral modeling are techniques designed to achieve a better understanding of complex behaviors, patterns, and associated outcomes of interest. Moreover, these approaches are inherently interdisciplinary; subsystems and system components exist at multiple levels of analysis (i.e., “cells to societies”) and across multiple disciplines, from engineering and the computational sciences to the social and health sciences.

The SBP conference provides a forum for researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and government agencies to exchange ideas on current challenges in social computing, behavioral modeling and prediction, and on state-of-the-art methods and best practices being adopted to tackle these challenges.

Papers and posters are solicited on research issues, theories, and applications. Topics
of interests include, but are not limited to,

Basic Research on Sociocultural & Behavioral Processes using SBP

  • Group interaction and collaboration
  • Group formation and evolution
  • Group representation and profiling
  • Collective action and governance
  • Cultural patterns & representation
  • Social conventions and social contexts
  • Influence process and recognition
  • Public opinion representation
  • Viral marketing and information diffusion
  • Psycho-cultural situation awareness

Methodological Issues in SBP

  • Mathematical foundations
  • Verification and validation
  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Matching technique or method to research questions
  • Metrics and evaluation
  • Methodological innovation
  • Model federation and integration
  • Evolutionary computing
  • Network analysis and optimization

Military & Security Applications

  • Group formation and evolution in the political context
  • Technology and flash crowds
  • Networks and political influence
  • Information diffusion
  • Group representation and profiling
  • Reasoning about terrorist group behaviors and policies towards them

Health Applications of SBP

  • Social network analysis to understand health behavior
  • Modeling of health policy and decision making
  • Modeling of behavioral aspects of infectious disease spread
  • Intervention design and modeling for behavioral health

Other Applications of SBP

  • Economic applications of SBP
  • Reasoning about development aid through SBP
  • Reasoning about global educational efforts through SBP


  • Paper Registration Deadline:      November 8, 2013 (11:59pm, EST)
  • Full Paper/Poster Submission:    November 15, 2013 (11:59pm, EST)
  • Author Notification:                   December 20, 2013 (11:59pm, EST)

SBP14 Conference Proceedings will be published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science
(LCNS) by Springer. The papers must be in English and MUST be formatted according to the Springer-Verlag LNCS/LNAI guidelines. Sample LaTeX2e and WORD files are available at

Abstract and full text for both oral presentations and posters should be submitted electronically before the specified deadlines. The maximum length of papers is 8 pages and should be submitted in PDF.  Submission website is open at: .

For any questions and inquiries concerning submissions, please send to  or

Four half-day sessions will be offered: two concurrent sessions in the morning and two concurrent sessions in the afternoon on the day before the full conference. Sessions
will be designed to meet the needs of one of two distinct groups. One group will consist
of attendees who have backgrounds in computational science; computer science,
engineering, and other mathematically oriented disciplines. Other tutorial sessions will be designed for behavioral and social scientists and others   (e.g. those with medical backgrounds or training in public health) who may have limited  formal education in the computational sciences. Attendees will gain an understanding of terminology, theories, and general approaches employed by computationally based fields, especially with respect to modeling approaches.

More details regarding the preconference tutorial  sessions, including instructors, course content, and registration information will be  posted to the conference website  ( as soon as this information becomes available.

Note that the plans for the tutorial sessions are in progress and are subject to change.

Please see the SBP14 website for more details. Keynotes and tutorials delivered in the previous SBP meetings are available through the website

The SBP14 Cross-fertilization Roundtable session will be held in the afternoon of the
first day of the technical portion of the conference. 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 a
future SBP project.

SBP14 will feature a Best Paper Award and a Best Student Paper Award.  All papers are
qualified for the Best Paper Award. Papers where the senior author says the principal
author is a student will be considered for the Best Student Paper Award.

Information on hotel and logistics will be provided at the conference website as it becomes available at

It is anticipated that a limited number travel scholarships will be available on a competitive basis. Additional information will be provided at the SBP Conference website as it becomes available at



  • Claudio Cioffi-Revilla George Mason University
  • Jeff Johnson, East Carolina University


  • William Kennedy, George Mason University
  • Nitin Agarwal, University of Arkansas
  • Shanchieh (Jay) Yang, Rochester Institute of Technology

Further Information about SBP14
Additional information will be posted at the conference website  as it becomes available.