[AISWorld] CFP: Policy Modeling and Policy Informatics Track / EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018 Conference

Charalabidis Yannis yannisx at aegean.gr
Thu Dec 21 11:50:38 EST 2017

EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018 Conference

Date: September 3 - 5, 2018

Local hosts: Danube University Krems, Austria

Call For Papers: Policy Modeling and Policy Informatics Track

With public policy we refer to decisions of governments, to governmental actions and intentions, to regulatory measures and/or funding priorities concerning a given thematic area of public concern that government is regulating. Public policy making has evolved as a domain of study supporting governments and their constituency with theories, methods, instruments and tools to analytically evaluate the past (causes, impact) and innovatively explore the future (potential effects) of a policy under consideration. It heavily involves multi-disciplinary research.

The Policy Modeling and Policy Informatics Track focuses on supporting public policy making with innovative ICT and by involving relevant stakeholders. The scope of this track ranges from policy analysis and conceptual modeling to programming and visualization of simulation models, to help policy makers and stakeholders deliberate and evaluate policy decisions and explore new models of governance.

Using computer simulations and decision support systems in developing, examining and explaining public policies has received a strong focus in e-government research for almost a decade. Innovative ICTs, the changing role of individuals in a connected society, different forms of communication and and paths for collaboration, advances in simulation paradigms and reliable simulation models lead to changed expectations regarding better informed governance and public policy development. Some of the main goals are to make public policy making more transparent, open and collaborative.

However, the complexity encompassed with modeling public policies demands that different political, economic, social, human and technical disciplines work together to leverage the benefits of the approaches each of these disciplines contributes to understanding and designing public policy. Such efforts require multidisciplinary research and collaboration across disciplines. Yet, disciplinary tradition often keeps researchers working exclusively within their own disciplines developing policy models virtually independent from each other. To fully address these challenges, researchers need to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, bringing together their knowledge and sharing their expertise within multidisciplinary collaborations. With interdisciplinary research, existing concepts and approaches can be combined in innovative ways to achieve more powerful solutions, which fulfill the demands of more transparent, participative, data-driven and collaborative policy making./p>

Areas of focus and interest include but are not limited to the following topics:

-      Foundations of policy modeling and policy informatics

-      Multi-disciplinary research and collaboration across disciplines

-      Methods, concepts and tools for policy analysis, including data and opinion mining, mapping, simulation, aggregation, and visualization

-      Frameworks, methods and tools for engineering software supporting policy analysis, simulation and visualization

-      Model building based on particular simulation paradigms and supported with conceptual modeling and simulation systems

-      Model evaluation, presentation of simulation outputs and interpretation of models

-      Quality of simulation models, understandability, transparency and trustworthiness of models

-      Impact assessment and contribution of modeling and simulation to better policy making

-      Engagement of stakeholders and open collaboration in policy making

-      Modeling and simulating dynamics of social-environmental interactions

-      Decision support in the public sector through data- and information-centric and model-based analysis of evidence

-      Designing, managing, and evaluating information systems and infrastructures for policy construction, analysis, and implementation

-      Public policy issues including modeling and simulation and use of open data and/or social media

-      Methods and solutions to manage complexity of public policy contexts

-      Technology platforms supporting different modeling paradigms and integrating advanced features of mining, modeling and simulating public policy

-      Comparative analyses of policy cases, concepts of policy modeling etc.

-      Examples and best practices of innovative, open and collaborative public policy making

-      User engagement & active participation: Interaction, sharing, collaboration in decision-making processes and analysis of government decisions in the context of online environments

-      Research, innovation and impact on society

-      Critical approaches to issues regarding policy making, tools, instruments and evaluation of impact

-      Applications of artificial intelligent methods or components, for the support of policy making

-      Information management, mining or curation in a policy informatics context

Track Chairs

Yannis Charalabidis, University of Aegean, Greece

Theresa A. Pardo, University at Albany, State University of New York

Noella Edelmann, Danube University Krems, Austria


Submission of papers (completed and ongoing research) March 17, 2018 - Submission system closes

Submission of workshop/panel/poster/PhD colloquium contributions   March 17, 2018

Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions for papers, workshops/panels/posters/PhD colloquium contributions          April 30, 2018

Camera-ready papers of all types of papers        June 1, 2018 - no extensions can be granted to ensure availability of proceedings at the conference

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