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Social Networks and Multi-agent Systems Symposium


*AISB 2009 Convention on Adaptive and Emergent Behaviour and Complex Systems

6th-9th April 2009, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh


  • Giulia Andrighetto (ISTC-CNR Rome)
  • Guido Boella (University of Turin)
  • Jaime Sichman (University Sao Paulo)
  • Harko Verhagen (Stockholm University)


One of the most interesting research topics in the field of multiagent systems is the definition of models with the aim of representing social structures such as organizations and coalitions, to control the emergent behavior of open systems. Organizations and coalitions are composed by individuals that are related to each other by different possible kinds of relations such as dependencies on goals, conflicts on resources, similar beliefs and so on. One important issue is how to represent these relations. Moreover, like the human organizations, these social structures are characterized also by an high degree of dynamism.
In dealing with societal issues, the multiagent systems field took inspiration mostly from organizational theory in economics and legal theory, while less attention is devoted to the research area describing the relations among the individuals inside human organizations and their dynamics: social network analysis. Social network analysis has emerged as a key technique inmodern sociology, anthropology, social psychology, communication studies, information science, organizational studies, economics as well as a popular topic of study.
Despite the common object of study,multiagent systems and social network analysis use concepts like agents, dependencies, etc. which often have only superficial similarities.
The aim of this symposium is to underline the differences and the similarity points between these social network analysis and multiagent systems in the representation of the social structures and their dynamics, and to promote the interchange of knowledge and methodologies among the two fields.


Papers on the following non-exhaustive list of topics are solicited:
- Emergent behaviour in multiagent systems and social networks analysis
- Simulation of social systems
- Learning evolution and adaptation in multiagent systems and social networks analysis
- Artificial social systems
- Societal aspects
- Models of personality, emotions and social behaviour
- Organizations in Multiagent systems and Social Networks


Prof. Kathleen Carley of CarnegieMellon University (USA), one of the major researchers in the field of social networks analysis and the director of the center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS).


Paper submission deadline: December 23, 2008.
Notification of acceptance: TBA
Camera ready version: TBA
Symposium: April 6-7, 2008.


The guidelines for paper submission are as the following:


Kathleen Carley, Carnegie Mellon University, USA Cristiano Castelfranchi, ISTC-CNR Rome, Italy Rosaria Conte, ISTC-CNR Rome, Italy Gustavo A. Gimenez Lugo, Federal Technological University of Parana, Brasil Carles Sierra, IIIA-CSIC, Spain Pietro Terna, University of Turin, Italy Leendert van der Torre, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg Serena Villata, University of Turin, Italy


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