Judith Simon judith.simon at univie.ac.at
Tue Mar 13 06:51:46 PDT 2012

**Apologies for any duplication**


MULTIAGENT SYSTEMS @ AISB/IACAP 2012 July 2^nd  3^rd , 2012.


Extended  deadline: April 8, 2012.

The symposium is part of the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 in honour
of Alan Turing, held on July 2nd to 6th, 2012. University of
Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.http://events.cs.bham.ac.uk/turing12/&
The event is jointly organized by The Society for the Study of
Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)
[http://www.aisb.org.uk <http://www.aisb.org.uk/>] and The International 
Association for
Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) [http://www.ia-cap.org 



Bernhard Rieder, New Media, University of Amsterdam.
Marek Sergot, Imperial College, London.GRANTS:



The European Network for Social Intelligence is offering a limited
number of travel grants for PhD students and early stage researchers.
Please indicate in your paper submission if you want to apply for the travel
grants. Further information will be made available on the symposium



Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Mälardalen University, Sweden.
Antonino Rotolo, CIRSFID, U. di Bologna, Italy.
Giovanni Sartor, EUI and CIRSFID, Italy.
Judith Simon, University of Vienna, Austria and & Karlsruhe Institute
of Technology, Germany.
Clara Smith, UNLP and UCALP, Argentina.


This 2012 symposium merges the symposium entitled Social Turn: Social
Computing - Social Cognition - Social Intelligence; and the SNAMAS
symposium, focused on Social Networks and Multi-Agent Systems, which
have precursor symposia in Social Computing at IACAP and the SNAMAS in
AISB conferences.



The field of social computing has two different foci: social and
computational. There is the focus on socialness of social software or
social web applications. Widespread examples of social software are
blogs, wikis, social bookmarking services, instant messaging services,
and social networking sites. Social computing often uses various types
of crowdsourcing techniques for aggregation of input from numerous
users (public at large). Tools such as prediction markets, social
tagging, reputation and trust systems as well as recommender systems
are based on collaborative filtering and thus a result of
Another focus of social computing is on computational modeling of
social behavior, among others through Multi-agent systems (MAS) and
Social Networks (SN). MAS have an anchoring going beyond social
sciences even when a sociological terminology is often used. There are
several usages of MAS: to design distributed and/or hybrid systems; to
develop philosophical theory; to understand concrete social facts, or
to answer concrete social issues via modelling and simulation. MAS aim
at modelling, among other things, cognitive or reactive agents who
interact in dynamic environments where they possibly depend on each
other to achieve their goals. The emphasis is nowadays on constructing
complex computational systems composed by agents which are regulated
by various types of norms, and behave like human social systems.
Finally, Social networks (SN) are social structures made of nodes
(which are, generally, individuals or organizations) that are tied by
one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values,
visions, idea, financial exchange, friends, kinship, dislike,
conflict, trade, web links, disease transmission, among many others.
Social networks analysis plays a critical role in determining the way
specific problems are solved, organizations are run, and the degree to
which individuals succeed in achieving their goals. Social networks
analysis has addressed also the dynamics issue, called dynamic
networks analysis.
This is an emergent scientific field that brings together traditional
social network analysis, link analysis and multi-agent systems.

The symposium addresses, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- Conceptual issues such as Socialness (notions of the social used
and/or enforced in social computing and research on social cognition
or social intelligence) and
  Computational Models and mechanisms of social computing (information
processing) as well as models and social mechanisms of cognition and
- Agency & Action in social computing systems: How can agency be
understood and/or modeled in systems consisting of human and non-human
- Social Coordination & Norms: Emergence of norms (e.g. in Wikipedia)
and compliance including their computational modeling in
socio-technical systems.
- Interaction & Communication in socio-technical systems and their
computational models
- Knowledge: the epistemological and ethical consequences of
distributed knowledge creation in social computing and its
computational models
- Relations between the individual and the social: Forming of
individual existence in relation to social computing (e.g. digital
identity), including its computational modeling.
- Agreement technologies.
- Electronic Institutions.
- Empirical and/or theoretical studies on a specific social or legal
relationship (power, solidarity, legitimity, dependency...).
- Empirical and/or theoretical studies on social relations' regulations.
- Formalization of Normed Systems.
- Logical frameworks for representing, describing and analysing
agent's social or legal relationships.
- Relations between the individual and the social: Forming of
individual existence in relation to social computing (e.g. digital
identity), including its info-computational modeling.
- Responsibility, Accountability & Liability. What is epistemically
and ethically responsible behavior with respect to social software and
how can it be supported? What are the responsibilities of different
human agents (e.g. software users, designers, researchers, etc)?
- Rules and standards.
- Social Networking Sites: philosophical implications of socialness in
social networking sites (e.g., privacy, social structures, etc.).
- Info-computational models of social networking sites.
- The role of agents? attributes in structuring social and legal 
- The role of specific social relationships in structuring groups and
- Trust in social computing. Differences and similarities between
notions of trust e.g. in multi-agent systems, social networking sites,
recommender  systems, etc. Differences and similarities between trust
online and offline. How can trust be supported by a computational
system  itself?



Paper submission deadline: April 8, 2012.
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2012.
Camera ready version deadline: June 1, 2012.
Symposium: 2nd -- 3rd July, 2012.



Guidelines for paper submission are as follows:
- The paper should be written in English.
- The maximum length of a paper is 6 A4-sized pages in ECAI format
(format download:
- The paper should be in PDF format.
- Please choose one track between SOCIAL TURN and SNAMAS, and submit
via the online paper submission system to the corresponding track at:



Doris Allhutter, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria.
Frederic Amblard, IRIT, U. Toulouse, France.
Giulia Andrighetto, ISTC-CNR, Italy.
Carlos Areces, UN Córdoba, Argentina.
Guido Boella, University of Torino, Italy.
Pompeu Casanovas, UAB Institute of Law and Technology, Spain.
Cristiano Castelfranchi, ISTC-CNR, Italy.
Mark Coeckelbergh  University of Twente, Netherlands
Diego Compagna, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany.
Rosaria Conte, ISTC-CNR, Italy.
Charles Ess, Aarhus University, Danmark.
Ricardo Guibourg, UBA, Argentina.
Hamid Ekbia, Indiana University, Indiana
Lars-Erik Janlert, Umeå University, Sweden
Matthias Mailliard, Cemagref, France.
Antonio A. Martino, U. Salvador, Argentina.
Jeremy Pitt, Imperial College London, UK.
Melina Porto, UNLP, Argentina.

Leon Van der Torre, U Louxembourg, Louxembourg.
Serena Villata, University of Torino, Italy.
Jutta Weber, University Paderborn, Germany.
Christian Fuchs, Uppsala University, Sweden.


There will be one session for system demonstrations, and one day
poster exhibition.


There will be a separate proceedings for each symposium, produced
before the Congress. Each delegate at the Congress will receive, on
arrival, a memory stick containing the proceedings of all symposia.

Selected papers of the Symposium, under a second review process, will
be considered for a special issue of the AI & Law Journal, Springer
http://www.springer.com/computer/ai/journal/10506; and for the open
access TripleC journalhttp://www.triple-c.at/index.php/tripleC.



The Congress serves both as the year's AISB Convention and the year's
IACAP conference. The Congress has been inspired by a desire to honour
Alan Turing, and by the broad and deep significance of Turing's work
to AI, to the philosophical ramifications of computing, and to
Philosophy and computing more generally. The Congress is one of the
events forming the Alan Turing Year

The intent of the Congress is to stimulate a particularly rich
interchange between AI and Philosophy on any areas of mutual interest,
whether directly addressing Turing's own research output or not.

The Congress will consist mainly of a number of collocated Symposia on
specific research areas, interspersed with Congress-wide refreshment
breaks, social events and invited Plenary Talks. All papers other than
the invited Plenaries will be given within Symposia.

This symposium is closely connected to UmoCoP, Symposium on
Understanding and Modelling Collective Phenomena, which will be held
on July 3rd-5th 2012. There will be a joint panel from both symposia
on July 3rd.



For further inquiries please contact any of the chairs:
gordana.dodig-crnkovic at mdh.se 
<https://mail.google.com/mail/h/1qosmuj0mmwqg/?&v=b&cs=wh&to=gordana.dodig-crnkovic@mdh.se>,judith.simon at univie.ac.at 
antonino.rotolo at unibo.it 
<https://mail.google.com/mail/h/1qosmuj0mmwqg/?&v=b&cs=wh&to=antonino.rotolo@unibo.it>,giovanni.sartor at libero.it 
csmith at info.unlp.edu.ar 
Judith Simon
Department of Philosophy <http://philosophie.univie.ac.at/> - University 
of Vienna (PI: Epistemic Trust in Socio-Technical Epistemic Systems 
ITAS - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology 
<http://www.itas.kit.edu/english/index.php> (Senior Researcher)
Institut Jean Nicod 
<http://www.institutnicod.org/notices.php?user=Simon> - Ecole normale 
supérieure - Paris (Associate Post-doctoral fellow)

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