Towards a framework for socio-cognitive technical systems

Pablo Noriega, Julian Padget, Harko Verhagen, Mark D’Inverno

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This paper is an invitation to carry out science and engineering for a class of socio-technical systems where individuals — who may be human or artificial entities — engage in purposeful collective interactions within a shared web-mediated social space. We put forward a characterization of these systems and introduce some conceptual distinctions that may help to plot the work ahead. In particular, we propose a tripartite view (WIT Trinity) that highlights the interplay between the institutional models that prescribe the behaviour of participants, the corresponding implementation of these prescriptions and the actual performance of the system. Building on this tripartite view we explore the problem of developing a conceptual framework for modelling this type of systems and how that framework can be supported by techno- logical artefacts that implement the resulting models. The last section of this position paper outlines a list of challenges that we believe are worth facing. This work draws upon the contributions that the MAS community has made to the understanding and realization of the concepts of coordination, norms and institutions from an organisational perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoordination, Organizations, Institutions, and Norms in Agent Systems X
Subtitle of host publicationCOIN 2014 International Workshops, COIN@AAMAS, Paris, France, May 6, 2014, COIN@PRICAI, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, December 4, 2014, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsA. Ghose, N. Oren, P. Telang, J. Thangarajah
Place of PublicationSwiterland
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319254197
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event10th International Conference on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems, COIN 2014 - Paris, France
Duration: 6 May 20166 May 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)


Conference10th International Conference on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms in Agent Systems, COIN 2014

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