MoCSSy is a programme that brings together and supports researchers from many different fields. MoCSSy researchers engage in interdisciplinary projects but also have their own research projects. Publications from both types of projects are listed here.

MoCSSy Publications and Preprints

(MoCSSy authors are in bold)


  1. V.K. Mago, and V. Dabbaghian. "Computational Models of Complex Systems". Intelligent Systems Reference Library, Vol. 53, Springer, 2014.
  2. V.K. Mago, and V. Dabbaghian. "Theories and Simulations of Complex Social Systems". Intelligent Systems Reference Library, Vol. 52, Springer, 2014.
  3. C. Liu and V.K. Mago (Eds.). "Cross Disciplinary Biometric Systems". Springer, 2012.
  4. V.K. Mago and N. Bhatia (Eds.). "Cross-Disciplinary Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition: Advancing Technologies". IGI Global, 2011.
  5. P. Borwein, P. Liljedahl, H. Zhai. "Creativity and Mathematics," MAA, Spectrum book series, in press.
  6. Complex Systems Modelling Group. "Modelling in Healthcare",  American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2010, xvii+218 pp. Authors: A. Alimadad, A. Borwein, P. Borwein, V. Dabbaghian, C. Drakes, R. Ferguson, A.H. Ghaseminejad, W. Hare, J. Li, S. Mitrovic-Minic, A. Rutherford, K. Vasarhelyi, L. Vertasi and A. van der Waall.
  7. M. Frappier, U. Glässer, S. Khurshid, R. Laleau, S. Reeves (Eds.). "Proc. Second Intl. Conference on Abstract State Machines." Alloy, B and Z. LNCS vol. 5977, Springer, 2010.
  8. J.-R. Abrial and U. Glässer (Eds.). "Rigorous Methods for Software Construction and Analysis." LNCS Festschrift vol. 5115, Springer, 2009.

Refereed Articles

  1. D. Zhang, P.J. Giabbanelli, O.A. Arah, and F.J. Zimmerman. (2014). "Impact of Different Policies on Unhealthy Dietary Behaviors in an Urban Adult Population: An Agent-Based Simulation Model". American Journal of Public Health, 104:7 (2014), 1217-1222.
  2. J. Prpic, P.J. Jackson, and T. Nguyen. "A Computational Model of Crowds for Collective Intelligence". Collective Intelligence 2014. MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (2014).
  3. P.J. Giabbanelli, P. Jackson, and D.T. Finegood. "Modelling the joint effect of social determinants and peers on obesity among Canadian adults". In Theories and Simulations of Complex Social Systems. Springer Berlin Heidelberg (2014), 145-160.
  4. P.J. Jackson. "Software Solutions for Computational Modelling in the Social Sciences". In Theories and Simulations of Complex Social Systems. Springer Berlin Heidelberg (2014), 5-17
  5. P.J. Giabbanelli, and R. Crutzen. "Supporting self-management of obesity using a novel game architecture." Health informatics journal (2014).
  6. P.J. Giabbanelli. "Modelling the spatial and social dynamics of insurgency." Security Informatics 3.1 (2014), 2.
  7. A. Reid, N. Iwanski, R. Frank, V. Dabbaghian and P. Brantingham. "Uncovering the Spatial Patterning of Crimes: A Criminal Movement Model (CriMM)". Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 51:2 (2014), 230-255.
  8. P.J. Giabbanelli, and R. Crutzen. "An Agent-Based Social Network Model of Binge Drinking Among Dutch Adults". Journal of Artificial Societies & Social Simulation, 16(2) (2013).
  9. V.K. Mago, R. Frank, A. Reid and V. Dabbaghian. "The strongest doesn't attract all but it does attract the most - evaluating the criminal attractiveness of shopping malls using fuzzy logic". Expert Systems: The Journal of Knowledge Engineering, 31:2 (2013), 121-135.
  10. V. Dabbaghian, V.K. Mago, T. Wu, C. Fritz and A. Alimadad. "Social interactions of eating behavior among high school students: A cellular automata approach". BMC Medical Research Methodology, 12:155, (2012).
  11. V.K. Mago, R. Mehta, R. Woolrych and E.I. Papageorgiou. "Supporting meningitis diagnosis amongst infants and children through the use of fuzzy cognitive mapping". BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 12 (2012).
  12. P. Jackson, A. Reid, N. Huitson, K. Wuschke  and V. Dabbaghian. "Drinking with friends: A cellular automata approach to modeling peer influence on binge drinking behavior". In Intl. Symp. on Cellular Automata Modeling for Urban and Spatial Systems (CAMUSS), N. N. Pinto, J. Dourado, and A. Natalio (Eds.), (2012), 196-216.
  13. N. Iwanski, R. Frank, A. Reid ,V. Dabbaghian. "A Computational Model for Predicting the Location of Crime Attractors on a Road Network". Proceedings of the European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC), (2012), 60-67.
  14. S.F. Pratt, P.J. Giabbanelli, P. Jackson and V.K. Mago. "Rebel with Many Causes: A Computational Model of Insurgency". Proceedings of the Intelligence and Security Informatics, (2012). 90-95
  15. P.J. Giabbanelli, A.A. Reid, V. Dabbaghian. "Interdisciplinary teaching and learning in computing science: three years of experience in the MoCSSy program". Proceedings of the 17th Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education, ACM, 2012.
  16. P.J. Giabbanelli. "Ingredients for student-centered learning in undergraduate computing science courses". Proceedings of the 17th Western Canadian Conference on Computing Education, ACM, 2012.
  17. D.T. Finegood, L. Johnston, P.J. Giabbanelli, P. Deck, S. Frood, L. Burgos-Liz, M. Steinberg, A. Best. "Complexity and Systems Theory". Oxford Bibliographies in Public Health, In Oxford Bibliographies (Public Health), Oxford University Press, 2012.
  18. P. Giabbanelli, T. Torsney-Weir and V.K. Mago. "A fuzzy cognitive map of the psychosocial determinants of obesity". Applied Soft Computing, 12 (2012), 3711-3724.
  19. V.K. Mago,  L. Bakker, E. Papageorgiou, A. Alimadad, P. Borwein and V. Dabbaghian. "Fuzzy cognitive maps and cellular automata: An evolutionary approach for social system modeling". Applied Soft Computing, 12 (2012), 3771-3784.
  20. P. Giabbanelli, A. Alimadad, V. Dabbaghian and D. Finegood. "Modeling the influence of social networks and environment on energy balance and obesity." Journal of Computational Science, 3 (2012), 17–27.
  21. V. Spicer, J. Ginther, H. Seifi, A. A. Reid and V. Dabbaghian. "Bars on blocks: a cellular automata model of crime and liquor licensed establishment density."  Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 36 (2012), 412-422.
  22. P.J. Giabbanelli. "A novel framework for complex networks and chronic diseases". Proceedings of CompleNet 2012, Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS), Springer-Verlag, 2012.
  23. V.K. Mago, N. Bhatia, A. Bhatia and A. Mago. “Clinical Decision Support System for Dental Treatment”, Journal of Computational Science, 3 (2012), 254 -- 261.
  24. N. Iwanski, R. Frank, V. Dabbaghian, A. Reid and P. Brantingham, "Analyzing an Offender’s Journey to Crime: A Criminal Movement Model (CriMM)". European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference  (EISIC 2011),  (2011), 70–77 .*** Best Paper Award ***
  25. P. Giabbanelli, "The small-world property in networks growing by active edges", Advances in Complex Systems, 14 (2011), 853–869.
  26. V. Dabbaghian, V. Spicer, S.K. Singh, P. Borwein and P.L. Brantingham, "The social impact in a high-risk community: a cellular automata model", Journal of Computational Science, 2 (2011), 238–246.
  27. A. Alimadad, V. Dabbaghian, S.K. Singh and H.H. Tsang, "Modeling HIV Spread through Sexual Contact Using a Cellular Automaton" IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation,  (2011), 2345–2350.
  28. M.A. Tayebi, L. BekkerU. Glasser and V. Dabbaghian, "Locating central actors in co-offending networks", Conference on Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM), (2011), 171–179.
  29. R. Farahbod and U. Glässer. "The CoreASM Modeling Framework." Software: Practice and Experience, 41 (2011), 167–178.
  30. V. Dabbaghian, "A sequence of factorizable subgroups", Algebra and Discrete Math., 10 (2010), 19–28. 
  31. R. Frank, V. Dabbaghian, A. Reid, S. Singh, J. Cinnamon and P. Brantingham, "Power of Criminal Attractors: Modeling the Pull of Activity Nodes." JASSS, 14 (2011), 27 pp.
  32. U. Glässer, P. Jackson, A. Khalili Araghi and H. Yaghoubi Shahir. "Intelligent Decision Support for Marine Safety and Security Operations."  IEEE Intl. Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, Vancouver, BC, May 2010, 101–107.
  33. C. Eslahchi, H. Pezeshk, M. Sadeghi, P.J. Giabbanelli, F. Movahedia and V. Dabbaghian. "A probabilistic model for the spread of HIV infection among injection drug users." WJMS, 6 (2010), 267–273.
  34. V. Dabbaghian, P. Jackson, V. Spicer and K. Wuschke. "A cellular automata model on residential migration in response to neighborhood social dynamics." Math. Comput. Modelling, 52  (2010), 1752–1762.
  35. M. A. Andresen, K. Wuschke, J. B. Kinney, P. J. Brantingham, and P. L. Brantingham. "Cartograms, crime and location quotients." Crime Patterns and Analysis, 2 (no. 1), 31–46.
  36. A. Alimadad and M. Salibian-Barrera. "An outlier-robust fit for Generalized Additive Models with applications to outbreak detection." Journal of the American Statistical Association, June 1, 2011, 106 (494): 719–731.
  37. W. L. Hare. "Using Derivative Free Optimization for Constrained Parameter Selection in a Home and Community Care Forecasting Model." in International Perspectives on Operations Research and Health Care, Proceedings of the 34th Meeting of the EURO Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Sciences; ed. J. Blake & M. Carter, 61–73 (2010).
  38. P. Borwein, S. Choi, Stephen and M. Coons, "Completely Multiplicative Functions Taking Values in [ -1, 1]." Trans. Amer. Math., 362 (2010), 6231–6259.
  39. P. Borwein, I. Pritsker. "The multivariate integer Chebyshev problem." Constr. Approx. 30, 299–310 (2009).
  40. U. Glässer and M. Vajihollahi. "Identity Management Architecture." In M. Chau, J.-H. Wang, H. Chen, Ch. C. Yang (eds.), Security Informatics, Annals of Information Systems, Springer, 2009, 95–114.
  41. P. L. Brantingham, U. Glässer, P. Jackson and M. Vajihollahi. "Modeling Criminal Activity in Urban Landscapes." In N. Memon, J. D. Farley, D. L. Hicks, T. Rosenoørn (eds.), Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism, Springer, 2009, 9-31.
  42. L. Bakker , W. Hare, H. Khosravi and B. Ramadanovic. "A social network model of investment behaviour in the stock market." Physics A., 389 (2010), 1223–1229.
  43. V. Dabbaghian and J. D. Dixon. "Computing matrix representations." Math. Comp., 79 (2010), 1801–1810.
  44. V. Dabbaghian. "On the restriction of characters of special linear groups of dimension three", Bull. Iran. Math. Soc., 36 (2010), 133–143.
  45. V. Dabbaghian. "On the restriction of characters of Steinberg-Tits triality Group 3D4(q) on unipotent classes." Glasg. Math. J., 51 (3), 467–471 (2009).
  46. P. Borwein, and M. Coons. "Transcendence of Power Series for Some Number Theoretic  Functions." Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 137(4), 1303–1305 (2009).
  47. P. L. Brantingham, P. J. Brantingham, M. Vajihollahi, and K. Wuschke. "Crime analysis at multiple scales of aggregation: A topological approach."  In Weisburd, D., Bernasco, W. & Bruinsma, G. J. N. (Eds.). Putting Crime in its Place: Units of Analysis in Geographic Criminology (pp. 85–101).  London: Springer-Verlag, (2008).
  48. D. C. Dai, H. H. Tsang and K. C. Wiese. "rnaDesign: Local Search for RNA Secondary Structure Design", 2009 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology- March 30 - April 2, 2009, Nashville, Tennessee, P. 1–7.
  49. U. Glässer and M. Vajihollahi. "Computational Modeling of Criminal Activity." In D. Ortiz-Arroyo, H. L. Larsen, D. Zeng, D. L. Hicks, G. Wagner (eds.): Intelligence and Security Informatics, Proc. 2008 European Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, Esbjerg, Denmark, vol. 5375 of LNCS, Springer, Dec. 2008.
  50. U. Glässer and M. Vajihollahi. "Identity Management Architecture." Proc. 2008 IEEE Intl. Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics, Taipei, Taiwan, June 2008, pages 137144.
  51. R. Farahbod, U. Glässer, É. Bossé and A. Guitouni. "Integrating Abstract State Machines and Interpreted Systems for Situation Analysis Decision Support Design." In Proc. 11th Intl. Conference on Information Fusion, July 2008, Cologne, Germany.
  52. R. Farahbod, U. Glässer, P. Jackson and M. Vajihollahi. "High Level Analysis, Design and Validation of Distributed Mobile Systems with CoreASM." In Proc. 3rd International Symposium on Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation, Porto Sani, Greece, Oct. 2008.
  53. H. Khorsavi. "Exploratory Analysis of Co-Change Graphs for Reverse Software Engineering and Code Refactoring." to appear in Proceedings of Canadian AI.
  54. W. L. Hare, A. Alimadad, H. Dodd, R. Ferguson, and A. Rutherford. “A Deterministic Model of Home and Community Care Client Counts in British Columbia.” Health Care Management Science, 12(1), 80–99 (2009).
  55. A. Park and T. Calvert. "A Social Agent Pedestrian Model." Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds, G. J. Kim, H. Qin, N. Magnenat-Thalmann (eds). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, West Sussex, UK. Vol. 19, Nos. 3–4. pp. 331–340  (2008).
  56. H. H. Tsang and K. C. Wiese. "SARNA-Ensemble-Predict: The Effect of Different Dissimilarity Metrics on a Novel Ensemble-based RNA Secondary Structure Prediction Algorithm." 2009 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - March 30 - April 2, 2009, Nashville, Tennessee, P. 8–15.

    Submitted for Publication

  57. H. K. Morden, V. K. Mago, R. Deol, S. Namazi, S. Wuolle and V. Dabbaghian. "Youth Gang Formation: Basic instinct or something else?". Submitted.
  58. V.K. Mago, R. Woolrych, V. Dabbaghian and A. Sixsmith. "Mathematical modelling: a tool for addressing problems in services for older persons". Submitted.
  59. V.K. Mago, H.K. Morden, C. Fritz, T. Wu, S. Namazi, P. Geranmayeh, R. Chattopadhyay and V. Dabbaghian. "Analyzing the impact of social factors on homelessness: A fuzzy cognitive map approach". Submitted.
  60. A. Alimadad, P. Giabbanelli and Michel Joffres. "The potential role of individual decision-making on daily sodium consumption: a cross-country analysis of sodium content in supermarket food". Submitted.