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Epistemology of Modeling & Simulation: Building Research Bridges Between the Philosophical and Modeling Communities

University of Pittsburgh
1-3 April 2011

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Hosted by the Center for Philosophy of Science and the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center for Excellence in the Graduate School for Public Health

The conference will focus on philosophical issues that arise within the practice and application of contemporary research using modeling and simulation.  The goal is to bring together sophisticated work in philosophy of science and on-going efforts in modeling in order to build more effective collaboration between philosophers of science and those who build and employ models in a range of disciplines and applications.

Topics will include:
        The scientific status of computational techniques
        Does simulation require a new epistemology?
        The role of theory, experiment, model and simulation
        Varieties and purposes of scientific simulation
        Analytic modeling versus computer simulation
        Problems in juggling multiple and competing models
        How do models fail?
        Validation and verification of models and simulations
        Promises and pitfalls of large, detailed, and realistic models
        Modeling, science, and policy

Co-Directors:  Patrick Grim and Nicholas Rescher

Program Committee:  Mark Bedau, Joshua Epstein, John Grefenstete, Ross Hammond, Paul Humphreys, James G. Lennox, Marc Lipsitch, Sandra Mitchell, Ryan Muldoon, John D. Norton, Scott Page, Susan Sterrett, Bas van Fraassen, Michael Weisberg, and Kevin Zollman

For additional information on MIDAS, go to: www.midas.pitt.edu .


Patrick Grim, Philosophy, Stony Brook. Email: pgrim@notes.cc.sunysb.edu

Dr. Phillip Palmer, MIDAS Education & Outreach Coordinator, Email: php9@pitt.edu, Phone: (412) 624-6957

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