University of Toronto

7-9 May 2010

The University of Toronto is delighted to be hosting Models and Simulations 4, the fourth in a series international conferences examining the nature and

use of scientific models and simulations across the natural and social sciences. Scientific models and computer simulations play numerous roles in the

sciences, but as a class of tools for use in the articulation of theory, experiment, technological design and application, and prognostication for

purposes of public policy, they have only relatively recently come under systematic scrutiny by the community of scholars in history and philosophy

of science. The conference aims to raise and investigate important questions about the methodology of practices of modelling and computer simulation,

providing a forum for ongoing debates and new angles of approach, on such topics as: how models and simulations are constructed; how they are

confirmed; how they may be understood to represent and explain worldly phenomena; how they function in cutting-edge research; and how they

influence decision making in the arena of public policy.

Proposals for papers (in the form an extended abstract) are welcome from both philosophers and scientists. For instructions regarding submission and

information on registration, travel, and accommodation, please visit the conference website at The

conference language is English, and all submissions will be refereed. The submission deadline is 20 November 2009.


Anjan Chakravartty, University of Toronto

Margaret Morrison, University of Toronto

Program Committee

Anouk Barberousse, University of Paris

Robert Batterman, University of Western Ontario

Roman Frigg, London School of Economics

Stephan Hartmann, Tilburg University

Paul Humphreys, University of West Virginia

Philippe Huneman, University of Paris

Tarja Knuuttila, University of Helsinki

Ulrich Krohs, University of Hamburg

Uskali Mäki, University of Helsinki

Wendy Parker, Ohio University

Eric Winsberg, University of South Florida

Andrea Woody, University of Washington

Keynote Speakers

Professor Leonard A. Smith, Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Oxford University

Dr. Jos Uffink, Institute for History and Foundations of Science, Utrecht University