Simulating Knowledge Dynamics in Innovation Networks: 2nd workshop

University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz, Germany

This workshop series provides a meeting place for the growing community of researchers using the SKIN model or wanting to learn more about it.

SKIN (Simulating Knowledge dynamics in Innovation Networks) is a multi-agent model of innovation networks in knowledge-intensive industries that is grounded in empirical research and theoretical frameworks from innovation economics and economic sociology. Using conceptual models based on robust empirical studies, SKIN can be used for learning about the processes for creating, transferring and distributing knowledge, collaborating for innovation, and the governance of these processes, collaborations and networks. Developed using case studies from different technological and institutional contexts, SKIN is one of the leading platforms for applying agent-based modelling (ABM) to the innovation networks found in a variety of real world contexts.

The SKIN model has been in development since 1998 and has been used and adapted for a broad range of projects, applications, and research questions. More and more people have been using it as a platform for developing their own research ideas. This community is loosely connected through institutional affiliations and personal contacts. A growing interest in learning what else is going on has led to the establishment of a SKIN website ( ) where researchers can contribute ideas, papers and models.

Following the successful first workshop, held in April 2011, a second workshop has been arranged.  It will be co-located with ECMS 2012, the 26th annual conference of the European Council for Modelling and Simulation, to be held at the Koblenz campus of Koblenz-Landau University from May 29 to June 2, 2012.  To attend the SKIN workshop, registration for ECMS is not required although it is encouraged.

The 2nd SKIN workshop will feature presentations of papers describing worked based on or related to the SKIN model.  It is intended that a selection of papers from those presented at the workshop will be published by Springer as an edited book.

The workshop programme is here.