Computational Social Science

SEPTEMBER 10–12, 2017   |   NAPA, CA

In its seventh year, the CCubed conference is an invitation-only event bringing together active researchers, practitioners and thought leaders from across the country to define and explore ideas for extending the computational state-of-the-art in a particular topic area. This year's topic is Computational Social Science and will focus on efforts to model, predict and/or understand the behavior of humans with analytical tools and algorithms.


Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. He is also an AD White Professor at Large at Cornell University. Prior to joining MSR in 2012, he was from 2000-2007 a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group.

His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review, and has been recognized by the 2009 German Physical Society Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics, the 2013 Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize for Complexity Science, and the 2014 Everett Rogers M. Rogers Award.

Watts holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer's commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University.



The setting, size and organizational structure are designed to keep the mood informal (similar to a Gordon Conference). Past years' events assembled notable authorities in biomedical research, decision science, network science, energy resource and climate modeling. We operate under Chatham House Rule and there are no proceedings published in order to encourage discussions that focus on forward-looking research. The eclectic mix of attendees and the casual setting has never failed to engender lively and thought-provoking conversations.



The CCubed conference has been held at the Meritage Resort and Spa since its inception. Surrounded by vineyards on the edge of Napa, it's an ideal place for fostering the spirit of collaboration, conversation, and innovation on which CCubed is founded. Retreat over these three days into idyllic scenery and comforts while exploring new ideas and perspectives with fellow thought leaders and leading field experts.

Creativity ignites in relaxed moments stolen from routine. As six years of participants have before you, we trust you'll enjoy the environs and the new relations and ideas it helps create. Use the free afternoon on Tuesday for discussions over wine tasting at the resort, on a hike of the vineyards, or over a coffee on the veranda. Conversations continue with all meals served at the resort, including the conference banquet held in the beautiful estate wine cave.