Discrete choice models (DCM) aim to characterize, understand, and forecast choices between distinct or discrete choices. DCM have a wide range of applications that include, for example, the assessment of commuter choices in terms of routes and transport modes, customer product choices including health plans, and individual voting preferences, among others. While market forces and personal perception variables are normally assessed based on continuous variables, individual choices are mainly determined by a finite set of discrete alternatives.

Despite the strong interest in DCM— mainly due to its evident range of applications, how players and markets are connected to each other, and how the dynamism of a process can change the landscape of decision planes are still not fully understood.

This satellite conference intends to connect researchers from various disciplines to discuss the current trends and challenges with respect to the application of discrete choice models. Specifically, the meeting aims to identify and investigate fundamental justifications behind discrete choice models and explore the challenges behind model validation. Of special interest is to understand how a dynamic environment shapes the transient profile of the decision landscape of an individual, and what gives rise to these transitions. Such understanding hopes to aid in the development of a more adaptive, reliable, and robust DCM based methodologies. Moreover, it will provide a model framework that captures the complexity of spatial, social and temporal interactions involved in the formation of individual and collective decisions.

The organizers welcome submissions on the following aspects of discrete choice modeling:

Call for Abstracts

Kindly submit your abstracts in pdf format via EasyChair. Submissions should be limited to two pages. The deadline for submission is on 30 June 2014. The deadline for submissions has been extended until 18 July 2014. All contributions will undergo a peer review process. Acceptance notification will be sent out to the authors on 15 July 2014. The satellite meeting will be held in the afternoon of 24 September 2014, and will be co-located at the ECCS14 in Lucca, Italy.

ALL participants of the TDC satellite meeting must register for the European Conference on Complex Systems 2014.

Invited Speakers

Dirk Helbing

Dirk Helbing

Dirk Helbing studied physics and mathematics at the University of Göttingen. He completed his doctoral thesis at Stuttgart University, on modeling social processes by means of game-theoretical approaches, stochastic methods, and complex systems theory. In 1998, he became Managing Director of the Institute for Transport and Economics at Dresden University of Technology. He currently heads the ETH Zurich Competence Center "Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems" and the "Physics of Socio-Economic Systems" Division of the German Physical Society. Dirk is known for the social force model, in particular, its application to self-organising phenomena in pedestrian crowds. Recent work applies principles of collective intelligence and self-organized control to the optimization of urban and freeway traffic. His current research activities focus on norms and conflict, the role of success-driven motion for the establishment of cooperation among selfish individuals,the science of science, socio-inspired technology and techno-social systems, disaster spreading and crisis management.

Elenna Dugundji

Elenna Dugundji

Elenna R. Dugundji is an e-Science Engineer at the Netherlands e-Science Center and Senior Researcher in Computational Science at the Faculty of Science, Universiteit van Amsterdam. Her research addresses diffusion of innovation and social influence in dynamic networks, focusing on applications in travel behavior and social media. She develops methodologies to study self-consistent behavior with interacting consumers, drawing on techniques in bifurcation theory, statistical physics, multi-agent social simulation, econometrics and geographical information systems. She is co-founder of the bi-annual international scientific workshop series “Frontiers in Transportation: Social Interactions.” She is also a guest editor of special issues in Environment & Planning B: Planning and Design (2008), Transportation Research Part A (2011), Environment & Planning A (2012), Journal of Transport Geography (2013) and Transportation (under development). Dr. Dugundji has also coordinated the comprehensive ICT and education innovation projects “Promoting international, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional education via ICT” and “Scaling-up Network Education” and has consulted for the World Bank Global Development Learning Network.

Bruno Goncalves

Bruno Gonçalves

Bruno Gonçalves completed his joint PhD in Physics, MSc in C.S. at Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2008 following which he joined the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at Indiana University as a post-doctoral research associate. He then joined the Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Technical Systems at Northeastern University as an associate research scientist. Currently, he is a faculty member of Aix-Marseille Université in France. His research activity focuses on using computational, visualization and data analysis methods for the study of Complex Systems in a multidisciplinary context. Current projects include detailed epidemic modeling in structured populations; knowledge diffusion on large technological networks; and the study of human behavior through the analysis of proxy social network dynamics. More details on his research can be found at Bruno's homepage.

Justin Ruths

Justin Ruths

Justin Ruths is an assistant professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design with the faculty of Engineering Systems and Design. Justin holds degrees in Physics (BS, Rice University), Mechanical Engineering (MS, Columbia University), Electrical Engineering (MS, Washington University in Saint Louis), and Systems Science and Applied Math (PhD, Washington University in Saint Louis). His research themes include casting problems in the natural sciences and medicine as optimal control problems and investigating the control of large-scale complex systems. Towards this latter goal, some of his recent work is at the interface of control and network science.


14:00 - 14:45 (45mins) Prof. Dr. Dirk Helbing/ETH Zurich, Switzerland | "Towards a Global Systems Science”
14:45 - 15:30 (45mins) Dr. Bruno Goncalvez/Aix-Marseille Université, France | "Data-driven models of human behavior"
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:20 (20mins) Contributed Talk 1: Dr. Shintaro Mori/Kitasato Univ., Japan | “How others' choices affect one's choice in information cascade experiments”
14:20 - 16:40 (20mins) Contributed Talk 2: Mr. Hendrik Santoso Sugiarto/Nanyang Technological University, Singapore | “Anticipating critical transitions in coupled socio-ecological network”
16:40 - 17:20 (40mins) Dr. Justin Ruths/Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore | “Control profiles of complex networks”
17:20 - 18:00 (40mins) Elenna Dugundji/Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands | “Structure and emergence in a nested logit model with social and spatial interactions”



Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR Singapore

Complexity Institute, Nanyang Techonological University

University of Amsterdam