Workshop on Sociophysics: Social Phenomena from a Physics Perspective

October 18-22, 2021 (by videoconference)

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ICTP-SAIFR, São Paulo, Brazil


The application of techniques of statistical (and other areas of) physics to understand the dynamics of social systems is currently one of the hottest topics in the study of complex systems. The so-called Sociophysics has attracted the attention of a large number of scientists from areas such as physics, computer science, and mathematics, as well as the humanities.

This meeting will bring together physicists and other scientists from all over the world to focus on open issues in social modelling and to identify the new directions in which this interdisciplinary field is evolving.

There is no registration fee.


  • Opinion dynamics
  • Fake news and rumor spreading
  • Human crowd dynamics
  • Culture evolution
  • Emergence of revolutions and terrorism
  • Social networks formation and coevolution
  • Dynamics of urban agglomerations


  • Celia Anteneodo (PUC-Rio, Brazil)
  • Marcos Gomes Eleuterio da Luz (UFPR, Brazil)
  • Nuno Crokidakis (UFF, Brazil)

Confirmed Speakers

LIST OF ABSTRACTS: PDF updated on October 6, 2021


  • Pablo Balenzuela (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina): Analyzing mass media influence using natural language processing and time series analysis
  • Guillaume Deffuant (Lisc, France): Group dominance or group hierarchies emerging from interplay between gossip and group prejudice
  • Silvio Ferreira (UFV, Brazil): Echo chambers in Twitter debates on political debates in Brazil
  • Jose Fernando Fontanari (IFSC/USP, Brazil): Wisdom of crowds: much ado about nothing
  • Serge Galam (SciPol, France): What was right with my failed prediction of a 2020 second Trump victory?
  • José Roberto Iglesias (UFRGS, Brazil): Growing inequality and wealth redistribution
  • Marcelo Kuperman (Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina): The destructive effect of human stupidity: a revision of Cipolla’s fundamental laws
  • Fabiana Laguna (Centro Atómico Bariloche, Argentina): Optimal risk in a wealth exchange model: Agent dynamics from a microscopic perspective
  • Francisco WS Lima (UFPI, Brazil): Majority-vote and Biswas-Chatterjee-Sen model on Complex Networks
  • Alexandre Martinez (USP-RP, Brazil): Thermodynamics applied to game theory: study of the risk associated with cooperation in the Public Goods Games
  • Hernán Makse (City College, CUNY, USA): How network theory and contact tracing can help to stop the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Maxi San Miguel (IFISC, UIB-CSIC, Spain): Coevolution dynamics of opinion and social network
  • Mauro Mobilia (University of Leeds, UK): How does homophily and heterophily shape the topology of preferred-degree networks?
  • Yamir Moreno (University of Zaragoza, Spain): TBA
  • Andrea Rapisarda (University of Catania, Italy): Investigating the role of talent and luck in getting success
  • Fabiano Ribeiro (UFLA, Brazil): The Physics of Cities
  • Viktoriya Semeshenko (IIEP, Argentina): The Network Structure of Inter-Industry Labor Mobility in Argentina
  • José Soares-Andrade Jr (UFC, Brazil): Cracking urban mobility
  • Katarzyna Sznajd-Weron (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland): “Private Truths, Public Lies” within agent-based modeling
  • Raul Toral (IFISC, UIB-CSIC, Spain): The biased voter model
  • Juan Alejandro Valdivia (Universidad de Chile, Chile): The complex traffic in cities under route optimization … an example of transport over complex networks


  • Marco Antonio Amaral (Universidade Federal do Sul da Bahia, Brazil): Mixing innovative and imitative dynamics in evolutionary games: the role of update rules
  • Roberto Fernandes Silva Andrade (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil): Socio-economic urban scaling properties: influence of regional geographic heterogeneities in Brazil
  • Edgardo Brigatti (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Entropy and hierarchical clustering: analysing built environments in different spatial cultures
  • Wesley Cota (Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil): Infectious disease dynamics in metapopulations with heterogeneous transmission and recurrent mobility
  • Kishore Dutta (Handique Girls’ College Guwahati, India): Invasion Dynamics: Deception favours slow invasion
  • Marcos Gaudiano (FAMAF-UNC, CIEM-CONICET, Argentina): Why are the borders of Palestine/Israel and Wallonia/Flanders so different?: Entropic Analysis of a Schelling model with hierarchically structured initial conditions.
  • Sebastian Goncalves (Instituto de Física – Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil): Urban Scaling of COVID-19 across countries
  • Arkadiusz Jedrzejewski (Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland): Competing local and global interactions in social dynamics: how important is the friendship network?
  • Nagi Khalil (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain): A continuous-opinion model inspired by the physics of granular gases
  • André Martins (Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades, Brazil): Theoretical differences between extreme and polarized opinions
  • Jorge Revelli (IFEG -. CONICET, Argentina): Entropic analysis of an opinion formation model presenting a spontaneous third position emergence
  • Francisco Rodrigues (USP, Brazil): A machine learning approach for identification of the most influential spreaders in networks
  • Sina Sajjadi (Complexity Science Hub, Austria): Social distancing in pedestrian dynamics and its effect on disease spreading
  • Ariel Salgado (Instituto de Cálculo, UBA-CONICET, Argentina): The R Network evolution: characterization of a collaborative network of software
  • Fátima Velásquez-Rojas (IFLySiB (CONICET – UNLP), Argentina): Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in higher education: a particular case from the perspective of complex systems
  • Allan Vieira (PUC-RJ, Brazil): Dynamics of the threshold q-voter opinion with independence in random networks


Monday Sunday ADIAHA (Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS) application of water poverty index and geo-informatics as a critical tool for drawing nigerian water-climate strategies for socioeconomic development – PosterAudio

Emiliano Alvarez (Universidad de la República, Uruguay): Self-organization and multifractality in inflation and price systems – Poster Audio

Flora Souza Bacelar (Instituto de Física da Universidade Federal da Bahia): Indigenous, ethnographic, and complex kinship networks: Notes of an inter-methodological dialogue – Poster Audio

Andres Chacoma (Enrique Gaviola Institute of Physics (IFEG), Universidad Nacional de Córdoba): Modeling ball possession dynamics in the game of football – Poster Audio

Andres Garcia (Centro de Investigación en Matemarticas A. C.): What drives bitcoin? An approach from local transfer entropy and deep learning classification models – Poster Audio

Paulo Freitas Gomes (Universidade Federal de Jataí): Coupled dynamics of agents and link states on the random geometric graph: phase and topological transitions – Poster Audio

Syed Shariq Husain (School of Computational and Integrative Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University): Complex dynamical evolution and spatio-temporal spread of global terrorism, ethnic conflicts and more – Poster – Audio

Sebastian Jaroszewicz (Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica): Multifractal Study of Mobility in Argentina During the Pandemic – Poster Audio

Sushil Kumar (K R Mangalam University, Gurugram,Haryana, India-122103): Complex network analysis of Dow Jones stocks to identify extreme events such as financial crisis and covid-19 – Poster Audio

Lucía Pedraza (Instituto de Física de Buenos Aires (IFIBA)): Analytical approach to the Axelrod model based on similarity vectors – PosterAudio

Hugo Pereira Maia (Federal University of Viçosa): Adaptive Network Approach for Emergence of Societal Bubbles – Poster Audio

Ignacio Ormazabal (Universidad de Concepción): Phase diagram of the one-dimensional civil violence model – Poster Audio

Gabor Toth (Fernuniversität Hagen): Deviations from the Majority: A Local Flip Model – Poster Audio

Martin Zumaya (Programa Universitario de Estudios sobre Democracia Justicia y Sociedad, UNAM, Mexico): Some emprical findings and characterization of the Mexican Twitter-sphere around recent social and political events – Poster Audio



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