I am a senior research
fellow at The
University in the UK. I do research at the overlap between
computer science and social science. I am interested in open
distributed systems that include both machine and human agencies
where the imposition of central control is not an option
and one can't rely on the "invisible hands" of orthodox economic
game) theory. A synthesis is required between new kinds of social
theory applicable to the artificial domain and distributed
self-organising systems programming. Such a synthesis could transform, not just
human societies in
I have explored these
ideas through evolutionary cooperation theory, complex networks, agent-based modelling and
peer-to-peer systems. Recently I have become interested in how open
distributed systems might provide novel ways to supportfinancial functionswithout the need for
institutions such as banks. I am also interested in the application
new approaches to collective coordinationthat focus on social interaction
rather than traditional economics-type incentive mechanisms.
Rahman, R., Vinko, T., Hales, D., Pouwelse, J. and Sips,
(2011). Design Space Analysis for Modeling Incentives in
SIGCOMM 2011. PDF.
Hales, D., (2010) Rationality meets the Tribe: Recent
Cultural Group Selection. In Mollona, E., (ed) Computational
of Firms’ Organization and Strategic Behaviour. Routledge. PDF.
Hales, D., Rahman, R., Zhang, B., Meulpolder M., and
(2009) BitTorrent or BitCrunch: Evidence of a credit squeeze
BitTorrent? Proceedings of the 5th IEEE Collaborative
Systems (COPS) Workshop. PDF.
Hales, D. & Arteconi, S. (2006) SLACER: A
Protocol for Coordination in P2P Networks. IEEE Intelligent
Hales, D. & Edmonds, B. (2005) Applying a
technique (tags) to improve cooperation in P2P Networks.
Transactions in Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Part A:
Humans, 35(3):385-395. PDF.
Hales, D. (2011) The social transformation and your role
Invited talk - PhD in progress workshop at the ECCS2011 conference,
Halas, D. (2011) Denationalising Money: can quality
Presented at the NESS
14th Sept. PDF.
Hales, D. (2011) The Socio-Economics of P2P Systems.
- Warwick Business School Exective MBA programme, Warwick,
Hales, D. (2011) The Socio-Economics of Pervasive Systems.
Invited talk - EPFL Summer Research Institute, Lausanne,
14th June. PDF.