The following SSIG meeting resources are organized by meeting date and are useful for understanding Systems Science. Resources are uploaded after every meeting.

May 4, 2022

March 30, 2022

  • Ahnert (2013) Network analysis and data mining in food science: the emergence of computational gastronomy
  • Origin of Crops: Interactive maps and charts on where food comes from and where it goes

December 15, 2021

October 7, 2021

May 12, 2021

April 1, 2021

February 24, 2021

January 27, 2021

February 27, 2020

  • markovifyR R package for Markov Chain machine learning.

November 13, 2019

October 17, 2019

April 18, 2019

  • Major Systems Science Conferences

Adopted from: Luke, D. A., Morshed, A. B., McKay, V. R., & Combs, T. B. (2017). Systems Science Methods in Dissemination and Implementation Research. In R. C. Brownson, G. A. Colditz, & E. K. Proctor (Eds.), Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice (Second Edition, New to this Edition:, pp. 157–174). Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.

Network Analysis
International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining
For more than a century, social networks have been studied in a variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, psychology, and economics. The Internet, the social Web, and other large-scale, socio-technological infrastructures have triggered a growing interest and significant methodological advancements in social network analysis and mining. Method development in graph theory, statistics, data mining and machine learning, and statistical mechanics is inspired by new research problems and, in turn, opens up further possibilities for application. These spiraling trends have led to a rising prominence of social network analysis and mining methods and tools in academia, politics, security, and business.
The International Sunbelt Social Network Conference is the official annual conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). INSNA currently has over 1,000 members and more people than ever are interested in attending and presenting their work at Sunbelt conferences.
Complex Networks
The International Conference on Complex Networks and their Applications aims at bringing together researchers from different scientific communities working on areas related to complex networks. Two types of contributions are welcome: theoretical developments arising from practical problems, and case studies where methodologies are applied. Both contributions are aimed at stimulating the interaction between theoreticians and practitioners.
System Dynamics
Conference of the System Dynamics Society
As new challenges emerge, it is increasingly important to have a systemic understanding of their effects and unknown risks to societies, infrastructure, business, economies, and governments. The speed and magnitude of these changes make management of emerging risks increasingly difficult. We welcome all research and documented consulting activities in System Dynamics including: applications, technical developments, software developments, and integration with other modeling and simulation techniques. We particularly encourage submissions from a cross-section of disciplines and domains of practice that expand our understanding of resilience and sustainability principles.
Innovations in Collaborative Modeling
The Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference features presentations, demonstrations, and posters pertaining to the use of a variety of quantitative systems modeling techniques to tackle social and environmental problems related to (but not limited to) food systems, natural systems, wildlife management, water, health, transportation, and education. Many of the most challenging social and environmental problems are generated by complex systemsExternal link – opens in new window. Quantitative systems modeling consists of a variety of techniques that represent the behavior of complex systems mathematically using computer simulation software. Such modeling can help to clarify the often puzzling dynamics of complex systems, leading to more effective problem solving efforts.
Agent-based Modeling
International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction
SBP-BRiMS is a multidisciplinary conference with a selective single paper track and poster session. The conference also invites a small number of high quality tutorials and nationally recognized keynote speakers. The conference has grown out of two related meetings: SBP and BRiMS, which were co-located in previous years.
Social Simulation Conference
The conference is one of the key activities of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA) to promote social simulation and computational social science in Europe and elsewhere.
Swamfest is the annual meeting of the Swarm Development Group (SDG), and one of the oldest communities involved in the development and propagation of agent-based modeling. Swarmfest has traditionally involved a mix of both tool-users and tool-developers, drawn from many domains of expertise. These have included, in the past, computer scientists, software engineers, biomedical researchers, ecologists, economists, political scientists, social scientists, resource management specialists and evolutionary biologists. Swarmfest represents a low-key environment for researchers to explore new ideas and approaches, and benefit from a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Divided Congress A YouTube network animation demonstrating the increase in Congressional partisanship over the last 60 years.

February 28, 2019

NDC-SDG Connections: The research and visualization project aim at illuminating synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, and at identifying entry points for coherent policies that promote just, sustainable and climate-smart development

October 25, 2018

Magnify Your Voice A free civic action network that leverages the frontier of network science research to make civic engagement fun, easy, and social. Systems science in the service of civil progress.

May 23, 2018

Systems Science Methods in Public Health: Dynamics, Networks, and Agents Webinar presented by Doug Luke. (Link is to series archives – webinar should be up shortly.)

March 15, 2018

Political Networks in Kenya: Twitter thread and graphics examining the links between politicians and political parties in a parliamentary system.

The Controversial Theory That Explains the Structure of the Internet: Turns out that the power law of scale-free networks may not be as ubiquitous as we thought.

February 1, 2018

Awesome Network Analysis: An absolutely fantastic repository of network resources. Includes books, conferences, courses, datasets, journals, professional groups, papers, software, and more.

Collecting Ego Network Data with Shiny Apps: small online tool for collecting ego network data and saving it to Dropbox.

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

November 1, 2017

Trump campaign’s Russia ties

NIH General Guidelines for Authorship Contributions

October 4, 2017

SNA with Tidyverse

Introduction to Team Science

Claudel et al 2017: An exploration of collaborative scientific production at MIT through spatial organization and institutional affiliation

May 24, 2017

GENSI: New graphical tool to collect eco-centered network data

Network Resource Inventory: First steps in content for online tool of resources for network researchers.

Growing Inequality: New book on systems and health disparities.

A Day in the Life of Americans: Nifty simulation of what folks are up to during the day and their movements between activities.

March 1, 2017

Trump-Russian Links

Ggraph for Relational Data

Science of Team Science Toolkit

February 1, 2017

St. Louis Mayoral Candidate Campaign Donations (works best in Chrome)


December 1, 2016

Royal Constellations

Commuting Megaregions

October 27, 2016

Valente (2015). Social Network Analysis for Program Implementation

Valente (2015) Notes

Network dashboard example

March 10, 2016

Network Visualization: Nifty New Tools

Gallery: Gorgeous networks that help us understand the world: TED talk by Manuel Lima demonstrating creative visualizations.

November 16, 2015

Zombietown USA: Agent-based modeling of zombie infection

Extracting the multiscale backbone of complex weighted networks
Paper | R Code
This paper describes a method for filtering large networks in order to determine the most relevant nodes

October 26, 2015

Network data: Where to get it, what it looks like

September 21, 2015

Interacting with your Network: Gephi

Fine-Tuning Interactive Gephi Output

A User’s Guide to Network Analysis in R