Satellite Session – Conference on Complex Systems 2019 Singapore – 2nd October 2019

New methods and epistemologies to explore simulation models – II


This satellite session focuses on methods to explore, validate and calibrate simulation models, and on epistemological evolutions going along with these new practices. It aims at extending the discussions introduced at CCS2018 in the previous satellite on the exploration of simulation models. This previous session presented the OpenMOLE platform and interrogated the use of high performance computing together with optimization heuristics such as evolutionary computation for the calibration and validation of simulation models. This second session will ask similar questions but (i) aiming at a higher disciplinarity, possibly including disciplines in which simulation is not a mainstream practice either because of the difficulty to quantify such as in archeology, or because of a stronger confidence given to other methods such as analytical resolution in economics; (ii) aiming at a higher epistemological component in the discussion, to reflexively investigate how simulation and high performance computing can transform a discipline and what are the conditions for acceptably validating knowledge in that context.

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14h : Context and purpose

“Presentation and demonstration of OpenMOLE”
OpenMOLE Team

14h30 : Practice

“Systems of cities, where does Zipf’s law stands?”
E. Arcaute

“Modelling urban networks using Variational Autoencoder”
K. Kempinska and R. Murcio

“An agent-based model for city networks based on interactions between firms”
N. Zdanowska and J. Raimbault

16h : Methodology

“Modern Tools for Agent-Based Model Sensitivity Analysis”
M. Ottaviani, A. Sani, F. Lamperti and A. Roventini

“Analyzing models with OpenMOLE platform: a roadmap”
K. Mayer, K. Sikk, and R. Reuillon

17h : Epistemology

“Validation levels and standards depending on models types and function”
J. Raimbault
30 min


  • Juste Raimbault, Romain Reuillon (UPS CNRS 3611 Complex System Institute Paris Ile-de-France),
  • Franck Varenne (University of Rouen, ERIAC and UMR CNRS 8590 IHPST)


  • June 30th, 2019 : Application Deadline
  • October 2nd, 2019 : Satellite Session CCS