From opinion dynamics to voting, conflict and terrorism

Here you can find a tentative program of the 3rd Sociophysics workshop “From opinion dynamics to voting, conflict and terrorism”, 30-31 March 2015, CEVIPOF, Paris.

Monday March 30, 2015

9:30 – 10:00 Short welcome and an introduction round by the workshop chair Serge Galam

10:00 – 10:45 Naoki Masuda, University of Bristol, Dept. Engineering and Mathematics, “Dynamics of opinion formation and cooperation in populations composed of heterogeneous agents”, here you can download Abstract Naoki Masuda

10:45 – 11:30 Jean-Pierre Nadal (CNRS and EHESS) Centre d’Analyse et de Math ematique Sociales (CAMS, UMR8557 CNRS-EHESS), and Laboratoire de Physique Statistique (LPS, UMR8550, CNRS-ENS-UPMC-Univ. Paris Diderot ), “A model of riots dynamics: shocks, diffusion and thresholds”, here you can download Abstract JP Nadal

11:30 – 12:00 Marco Alberto Javarone, Dept. of Humanities and Social Science, University of Sassari, and Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Cagliari,  “Poker Challenges: a sociophysical perspective”

12:00 – 13:00 Sacha Bourgeois-Gironde, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II and Institute Jean-Nicod, Paris, “Cognitive and behavioral game-theoretical insights on the nature and dynamics of terror”,  (short talk and round table), here you can download Abstract Sacha Bourgeois

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch in the proximity of Cevipof

14:30 – 15:15 Jorgen Vitting Andersen, Université Paris1 Pantheon Sorbonne, “Understanding aggregate decision making”

15:15 – 16:00 Rick Quax, Computational Science, University of Amsterdam, Data Analytics and Modelling, “The Relative Ineffectiveness of Criminal Network Disruption”, here you can download Abstract Rick Quax

16:00 – 16:15  break

16:15 – 17:00 Natasa Golo, Cevipof, “Empirical analysis of rumors on conspiratorial beliefs and their link with passive support of terrorism” (short talk and round table), here you can download Abstract Natasa Golo

17:00 – 18:00 TBD

19:30 A friendly and hopefully good dinner

Tuesday March 31, 2015

9:30 – 10:15 Tyll Krueger, Wroclaw University of Technology, “Bad memory, good memory and how long it takes to get informed”, here you can download Abstract Tyll Krueger

10:15 – 11:00 Andrea Ellero, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia · Department of Management, “Simulation and optimization models to study occult persuasion on social groups”, here you can download Abstract Andrea Ellero

11:00 – 11:30 Laurent Boudin, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, “Kinetic model of opinion formation, application to the Scottish independence referendum”, here you can download Abstract Laurent Boudin

11:30 – 12:00 Yuri Biondi, CNRS – ESCP Europe business school, Paris,  “Formation of share market prices under heterogeneous beliefs and common knowledge”, here can you download Abstract Yuri Biondi

12:00 – 13:00 Serge Galam, Cevipof, “From terrorism passive supporters to the “lone wolf” phenomenon” (short talk and round table on forecasting capacity of sociophysics models)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch in the proximity of Cevipof, for the ones who have time for it before the flights.

Participation in the workshop is free of charges, though registration is required. If you would like to participate, please send an email to, or fill in the contact form:



Serge Galam is one of the founders of sociophysics. He is also the first physicist working as a senior scientist in SciencesPo.

Contact: serge.galam at
T. +33 01 45 49 54 34

Sacha Bourgeois Gironde is a professor of economics at Paris II and the Institute of Jean Nicod.

Natasa Golo is a scientist currently working with Serge Galam.