Principal Investigator: Professor Nigel Gilbert
SIMIAN (Simulation innovation) developed the methodology and the applicability of simulation in the social sciences. All social science theories try to understand relationships between individuals and larger social patterns, and simulation is a novel technique combining the advantages of statistics (testing models against real data) and qualitative research (recognising the importance of individual interaction for social regularity).
SIMIAN focused on three demonstrator simulations:
SIMIAN also ran a training and capacity building programme.
SIMIAN was based at the Centre for Research in Social Simulation at the University of Surrey, and at the University of Leicester.
For further information please see SIMIAN website.