A  special issue of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS) on:
Starting from Society
- the application of social analogies to computational systems

Co-edited by Bruce Edmonds and Kerstin Dautenhahn
Piblished: 1st January 2001
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The Topic:

This special issue follows from the symposium of the same name.  It will include a selected core of extended and updated papers from that along with other quality papers as a result of this call.

Its purpose is to consider how ideas and analogies drawn from observations of real societies might be applied to computational systems. Recently biology has been a source of inspiration for AI, e.g. spawning the field of evolutionary computation.  Now ideas and analogies drawn from the social sciences are starting to be used in computational systems. This is partly because it is being recognised that controlling interacting societies of artificial agents is difficult - traditional methods can not anticipate the emergent outcomes, so that some researchers are looking to real societies. Another strand is the increasing recognition that much of what we had labelled as individual intelligence derives from the society it inhabits. A third strand can be traced to the influence of social simulation techniques. This symposium will focus on these areas, welcoming especially interdisciplinary work and work grounded in observation of real societies and real problems.

If you are in doubt of the relevence of your paper please contact either of the special issue editors.

Recent Relevant Workshops and Publications:

Recently there have been a number of workshops and special issues that indicate increasing interest in this area, including: Understanding how societies work and the role they play in the construction and function of intelligence has turned out to be much more complex and important than most researchers in AI would have predicted. This is in marked contrast to sociology and social cognitive science where this has been common knowledge for some time. It is now time to pay attention to these social phenomena in their own right so that they can be analysed and applied in AI.

The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS)

The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS) is an inter-disciplinary journal for the exploration and understanding of social processes by means of computer simulation.  It is published quarterly.


The Special Issue

The special issue is accessible at the JASSS web site.  It was Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2001.  Its contents were:

        Editorial introduction

        Refereed Articles:

           Kerstin Dautenhahn and Steven J. Coles
           Narrative Intelligence from the Bottom Up: A Computational Framework for the
           Study of Story-Telling in Autonomous Agents

           Alexander Staller and Paolo Petta
           Introducing Emotions into the Computational Study of Social Norms: A First

           Rosaria Conte and Mario Paolucci
           Intelligent Social Learning

           Dietrich Fliedner
           Six Levels of Complexity

Access it at: http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/4/1/contents.html

Contact Information:

Bruce Edmonds,
Centre for Policy Modelling,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
Aytoun Building, Aytoun St.,
Manchester M1 3GH. UK.
E-mail: B.Edmonds@mmu.ac.uk
Fax: +44 (0) 161-247 6802 
Tel: +44 (0) 161-247 6479
Kerstin Dautenhahn,
Adaptive Systems Research Group 
Department of Computer Science 
University of Hertfordshire 
College Lane, Hatfield, 
Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, UK. 
E-mail: K.Dautenhahn@herts.ac.uk
Fax: +44 (0) 707 284 303
Tel: +44 (0) 1707 284 321