Artificial sociality

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. 


Track chairs

  • 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

AuthorsTitleType of SubmissionPresentation Time
Andrew Reilly, Dirk Van Rooy and Simon AngusBelief persistence, stress, and shared reality: An agent-based modelFull paper30 min
Mijke van den Hurk and Frank DignumTowards fundamental models of radicalizationFull paper30 min
Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, Wesley J. Wildman, Kevin McCaffree, Ryan T. Cragun and Leron F. ShultsInCREDulity in Artificial SocietiesFull paper30 min
Tim Verwaart, Lan Ge and Gert Jan HofstedeAgent-based Simulation of Policies to Reconnect a City and the CountrysideFull paper30 min
Laura Burbach, Poornima Belavadi, Patrick Halbach, Nils Plettenberg, Johannes Nakayama, Martina Ziefle and André Calero ValdezTowards an Understanding of Opinion Formation on the Internet - Using a Latent Process Model to Understand the Spread of Information on Social MediaFull paper30 min
Jonathan Morgan, Jun Zhao, Andrea Sedlacek, Lena Chen, Hayley Piper, Yliana Beck, Kimberly Rogers, Jesse Hoey and Tobias SchröderModeling the Culture of Online Collaborative Groups with Affect Control TheoryFull paper30 min
Florian LewalderHeterogeneity and Eco-Innovation Diffusion: An ABM ApproachFull paper30 min
Ayano Kuwahara, Fujio Toriumi and Isao YagiHow Does School Caste Influence Classroom Community Formation? - Verification Using Multi-agent SimulationExtended abstract15 min
Dan GliksteinAnalyzing the very-short-term dynamics of media effects on attitudes through agent-based simulation using a quasi-natural XML-based languageExtended abstract15 min
Lucy Mills and Randall WestgrenA Study of Group Formation Using Agent-based ModelingExtended abstract15 min
Stefan Bosse, Raphael Heiberger and Uwe EngelCombining Crowd Sensing and Social Data Mining with Agent-based Simulation using Mobile Agents towards Augmented Virtuality Extended abstract15 min
Corinna Elsenbroich and Harko VerhagenIntegrating CAFCA - a lens to interpret social phenomenaExtended abstract15 min
Nicolas Cointe, Amineh Ghorbani and Caspar ChorusManagement of obfuscation-based decision making in a coalitionExtended abstract15 min
Demian Frank, Zsolt Jurányi, Petra Ahrweiler and George KampisArtificial Intelligence for Assessment: Prototyping responsible Technology Production for future SocietiesExtended abstract15 min