Klaus G. Troitzsch, Prof. Dr. phil. (retired)

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Klaus G. Troitzsch was a full professor of computer applications in the social sciences at the University of Koblenz-Landau since 1986.

He studied sociology and political science in Cologne and Hamburg. After taking his first degree as a political scientist, he was a member of Parliament of Hamburg from 1974 to 1978. In 1979, after having taken his PhD in political science from the University of Hamburg, he returned to academia, first as a senior researcher in an election research project and, after his habilitation in 1985, from 1986 as full professor of computer applications in the social sciences. In March 2012 he retired but continues his academic activities. His main interests in teaching and research are social science methodology and, especially, modelling and simulation in the social sciences.

Among the main research projects in which he participated or which he led there are

  • MIMOSE, a DFG funded project which developed a declarative functional simulation language and tool for micro and multilevel simulation (1986–1992, together with Michael Möhring)),
  • FIRMA, an FP5 funded international research project named Freshwater Integrated Resources Management with Agents (2000–2003) where his team was, among others, responsible for the simulation aspects,
  • SocSimNet, a Leonardo funded Competence Network for Introduction of Modern ICTE Technologies in Vocational Learning in Social Systems Simulation and Research (2004–2006, Riga Technical University, Universität Koblenz-Landau, University of Surrey),
  • EMIL, an FP6 project on the emergence and innovation of norms in social systems (2006–2009) which also used agent-based simulation,
  • OCOPOMO, an FP7 project led my Maria Wimmer on open collaboration in policy modelling (2010–2013) and
  • GLODERS, another FP7 project on the global dynamics of extortion racket systems (2012–2015) where the Koblenz team was responsible both for text and data mining and for agent-based simulation.

He is author, co-author, and co-editor of a number of books on simulation, author of a number of articles in social simulation, and he organised or co-organised a number of national and international conferences in social simulation (2012 Shaping Social Reality through Simulation, ECMS 2012; 2005 Representing Social Reality, ESSA 2005; 1997 Social Science Microsimulation: Tools and techniques for social science simulation, Dagstuhl 9719; 1995 Social Science Microsimulation, Dagstuhl 9518).


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