Virtual humans populate a multitude of agent-based models in many disciplines. These models tend to concentrate on their application domain. The behaviour of the human agent populations in these models often lacks grounding in fundamental social concepts like culture, status, or identity, let alone their complex interaction, which are vital for emulating real human sociality. Instead, the theory base for these agents is scattered between applications, using ad hoc models, or models narrowly focused on utility.
At the same time, social science has over the years come up with generic models of human social behaviour that have proven validity and effectiveness, for instance, in the fields of organizational behaviour and cross-cultural consultancy.
Little social science has been used in virtual humans. The field of Artificial Intelligence, as its name suggests, has stressed cognition above sociality. However, specifically research areas that focus on the analysis of complex social systems, such as socio-ecological systems and policy analysis, require integrated modelling approaches that appreciate the complexity arising from interactions within and across all layers of social organisation. Emotions, relations, culture, norms, social identity and status dynamics are vital aspects for understanding these systems. It follows that there is an opportunity of better aligning social science for usage in virtual societies.
Results to date show that even simple social primitives can, depending on the context, give rise to elaborate self-organized patterns at system level. Which primitives to use for artificial sociality and how to adapt theory for agent-based models is a field with lots of open questions.
This special track aims to provide a forum to present and discuss contributions that advance the state of practice and understanding of artificial sociality. Contributions could be cases, position papers, or theoretical frameworks. Worked examples are preferred over proposals that are merely conceptual.
- Gert Jan Hofstede, Professor of Artificial Sociality, Wageningen University, Netherlands
- Tobias Schröder, Dipl.-Psych., Professor, Fachhochschule Potsdam, Germany
- Christopher Frantz, Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Gjøvik, Norway
List of presentations
|Authors||Title||Type of Submission||Presentation Time|
|Andrew Reilly, Dirk Van Rooy and Simon Angus||Belief persistence, stress, and shared reality: An agent-based model||Full paper||30 min|
|Mijke van den Hurk and Frank Dignum||Towards fundamental models of radicalization||Full paper||30 min|
|Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, Wesley J. Wildman, Kevin McCaffree, Ryan T. Cragun and Leron F. Shults||InCREDulity in Artificial Societies||Full paper||30 min|
|Tim Verwaart, Lan Ge and Gert Jan Hofstede||Agent-based Simulation of Policies to Reconnect a City and the Countryside||Full paper||30 min|
|Laura Burbach, Poornima Belavadi, Patrick Halbach, Nils Plettenberg, Johannes Nakayama, Martina Ziefle and André Calero Valdez||Towards an Understanding of Opinion Formation on the Internet - Using a Latent Process Model to Understand the Spread of Information on Social Media||Full paper||30 min|
|Jonathan Morgan, Jun Zhao, Andrea Sedlacek, Lena Chen, Hayley Piper, Yliana Beck, Kimberly Rogers, Jesse Hoey and Tobias Schröder||Modeling the Culture of Online Collaborative Groups with Affect Control Theory||Full paper||30 min|
|Florian Lewalder||Heterogeneity and Eco-Innovation Diffusion: An ABM Approach||Full paper||30 min|
|Ayano Kuwahara, Fujio Toriumi and Isao Yagi||How Does School Caste Influence Classroom Community Formation? - Verification Using Multi-agent Simulation||Extended abstract||15 min|
|Dan Glikstein||Analyzing the very-short-term dynamics of media effects on attitudes through agent-based simulation using a quasi-natural XML-based language||Extended abstract||15 min|
|Lucy Mills and Randall Westgren||A Study of Group Formation Using Agent-based Modeling||Extended abstract||15 min|
|Stefan Bosse, Raphael Heiberger and Uwe Engel||Combining Crowd Sensing and Social Data Mining with Agent-based Simulation using Mobile Agents towards Augmented Virtuality||Extended abstract||15 min|
|Corinna Elsenbroich and Harko Verhagen||Integrating CAFCA - a lens to interpret social phenomena||Extended abstract||15 min|
|Nicolas Cointe, Amineh Ghorbani and Caspar Chorus||Management of obfuscation-based decision making in a coalition||Extended abstract||15 min|
|Demian Frank, Zsolt Jurányi, Petra Ahrweiler and George Kampis||Artificial Intelligence for Assessment: Prototyping responsible Technology Production for future Societies||Extended abstract||15 min|