Social Coordination: Principles, Artifacts and Theories

Social science concepts such as norms, markets and rationality have found their way into computer science in general and agent-based research in particular where they model coordination and cooperation between largely independent autonomous computational entities. Vice versa, in the social sciences - sociology, philosophy, economics, legal science, etc. - computational models and their implementations have been used to investigate the rigour of theories and hypothesis. The use of these social science concepts in computer science is sometimes on a more metaphorical level than a detailed implementation of the "real" concept and the theories surrounding it. Equally, the computer models used in the social sciences  are not always convincing. 

After a history of around 30 years of agents in computer science, the meeting of these two worlds is long overdue. This symposium aims to provide a meeting point for members of these communities to converse on principles, theories and artefacts for social coordination with the aim of facilitating future interactions and research.

The theme of social coordination was chosen because convergence is more evident in that area.


  • Outline a shared perspective on the field.
  • Identify challenges and opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Provide guidelines for research and policy-making.
  • Kindle partnerships among participants.

Format of the symposium:

The symposium is not a min-conference, it intends to provoke a lively exchange of ideas

Papers of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • provocative papers
  • early, on-going and mature research papers
  • position papers 
  • opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration:
    • what social sciences needs from AI and MAS and what they have to contribute.
    • What AI & MAS offers/needs to/from the Social Sciences
    • obstacles to cross disciplinary collaboration
  • policy guidelines and recommendations
We especially invite cross-disciplinary papers. 
Papers may take the form of a standard report on research but challenging position papers are specially welcome.
Selection of papers will be based on the possibility of fruitful discussions and the quality of the argument put forward.

Important dates

  • Paper submission deadline: Februay 10, 2013. 
  • Notification of acceptance: February 25, 2013. 
  • Camera ready version: March 2, 2013. 
  • SOCIAL.PATH: April 3, 4 and 5 2013.

Tentative SOCIAL.PATH program available.

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