Results for: Social and Behavioral Modeling

August 16, 2018

How digital drug users could help halt the US opioid epidemic: Nature features agent-based modeling

Agent-based modeling can create a digital population that allows researchers to better understand the behavior of populations and how an epidemic grows.  The Biocomplexity Institute's agent-based modeling has been used for a multitude of studies and Nature is looking at agent-based modeling as a potential way to stop the growing opioid use among Americans. 

June 23, 2017

Child Safety or Parental Duty: New Study Maps Out Core Concepts in the Vaccination Debate

A new study from the Biocomplexity Institute suggests that the debate around vaccination on social media may hinge more on different understandings of risk, responsibility, and credibility than any particular set of scientific data.

April 05, 2017

“Color-blind” Sentencing Can’t Cure Racial Bias in US Criminal Justice System, New Study Suggests

By re-creating real-world incarceration trends within a computational model, Virginia Tech researchers have created a toolset that can estimate how a set of criminal justice reforms will impact overall rates of imprisonment.

February 28, 2017

Virginia Tech Leads DARPA Project to Develop Tools for Next Generation Social Science

Making social science experiments scalable to large populations is a major objective of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Next Generation Social Science program. To support this program, the agency has awarded Virginia Tech and four other university partners $3 million to conduct research that will streamline modeling processes, experimental design, and methodology in the social sciences.

June 27, 2014

Researchers Treat Incarceration Epidemic as a Disease Outbreak

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 25, 2014 - The incarceration rate has nearly quadrupled since the U.S. declared a war on drugs, researchers say.  Along with that, racial disparities abound. Black incarceration rates are more than six times higher than those for white Americans, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

January 23, 2014

Synthetic Population Study Offers New Strategy for Controlling Epidemics in Big Cities

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 23, 2014 – Researchers in the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute are the first to model in detail how transient populations impact the spread of an illness, and how outbreaks such as influenza can be curbed by encouraging healthy behaviors in high-traffic tourist destinations.