Sustainable energy, green public transport, affordable healthcare, effective disease and disaster control, better waste management, less polluted environment, smart city and equitable society are few examples that modern society is contemplating for a sustainable world. Arriving at effective solutions and strategies for achieving these objectives are exceedingly complex and multifaceted problems as they need deep understanding of society, individuals, enterprises, environment and their relationships from social and economic standpoints. Moreover, having effective strategies is not enough, they require pragmatic practices to implement them in reality. They require efforts of individuals, businesses, and governments to promote sustainable practices and reduce negative impacts on the environment and society. Technology can play a significant role in this transition towards a more sustainable world. In this special session, aim to bring together leading researchers and practitioners from various fields of Computational Behavioral Sciences to explore the challenges involved in achieving a sustainable world, and discuss various strategies, practices and nudges to address those challenges.

Computational Behavioral Sciences is an interdisciplinary field that combines computer science, psychology, and other related fields to study human behavior using computational models and methods. This special session will invite submission of research papers which focus on application of computational behavioural sciences for sustainable development and practices. These will cover applications in sustainability, environment, renewable energy, health care, agriculture, usage of common goods (such as water), waste management, etc.

Example dimensions of computational behavioural sciences concepts and areas to focus on for submitted papers will include:

  • Concepts
    • Computational behavioural sciences
    • Nudge theory
    • Supply chain
    • Decision making
  • Techniques and methods (for social systems)
    • AI for social systems
    • Modelling and simulation
    • Modelling social networks and influencers
    • Generative programming
    • Digital Twin
  • Application Areas
    • Energy transition & decarbonization
    • Sustainability
    • Resilient Healthcare
    • Smart city
    • Water, Food, etc.
  • Other
    • Ethics, privacy, trust and epistemic values
    • Data privacy and regulations

Important Dates

  • Special Session Papers Submission: 29 July 2023
  • Acceptance Notification: 15 September 2023
  • Author Registration: 1 October 2023
  • Camera-Ready Submission: 1 October 2023

Paper submission instruction

Paper submission system is available at: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=besc2023.

All papers will be reviewed by the Program Committee on the basis of technical quality, relevance to BESC 2023, originality, significance and clarity.

Please note:

  • All submissions should use IEEE two-column style. Templates are available from here.
  • All papers must be submitted electronically through the paper submission system in PDF format only. BESC 2023 accepts special session papers (6 pages).
  • The page count above excludes the references.
  • Paper review will be double-blind, and submissions not properly anonymized will be desk-rejected without review.
  • Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.
  • Papers must be clearly submitted in English and will be selected based on their originality, timeliness, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation.
  • Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work.
  • Accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore subject to meeting IEEE Xplore’s scope and quality requirements and indexed by EI. Top quality papers after presented in the conference will be selected for extension and publication in several special issues of international journals, e.g., World Wide Web Journal (Springer), Web Intelligence (IOS Press), and Social Network Analysis and Mining (Springer), Human-Centric Intelligent Systems (Springer), Information Discovery and Delivery (Emerald Publishing).
  • (NEW) The use of artificial intelligence (AI)–generated text in an article shall be disclosed in the acknowledgements section of any paper submitted to an IEEE Conference or Periodical. The sections of the paper that use AI-generated text shall have a citation to the AI system used to generate the text.


Saptarshi Das, Manager Decision Science, Computational Sciences and Digital Innovation, Shell (saptarshi.das[at]shell.com)

Saumil Merchant, Sr. Researcher, Computational Sciences and Digital Innovation, Shell (Saumil.merchant[at]shell.com>

Souvik Barat, Distinguished Scientist, Tata Consultancy Services Research (souvik.barat[at]tcs.com)

Program Committee Members

  • Prof. Balbir Barn, Middlesex University London, UK
  • Prof. Jayendran Venkateswaran, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
  • Dr. Varun Ramamohan, IIT Delhi, India
  • Dr. Souvik Barat, Tata Consultancy Services Research India, India
  • Dr. Jayasree Raveendran, Tata Consultancy Services Research India, India
  • Vinay Kulkarni, Tata Consultancy Services Research India, India
  • Vivek Balaraman, Tata Consultancy Services Research India, India
  • Dr. Martina Kramer, Team Lead Simulations and Serious Games, Shell Technology Center, Amsterdam
  • Dr. Saptarshi Das, Shell Technology Center, Bangalore
  • Dr. Saumil Merchant, Computational Sciences and Digital Innovation Shell Technology Center, Bangalore