Laboratory for Agent-Based Social Simulation
Born in the 90s, the Laboratory on Agent Based Social Simulation hosts ever since a highly interdisciplinary research group working at the intersection among cognitive, social and computational sciences.
- cognitive modelling;
- multiagent-based models;
- social dynamics;
- social norms;
- social simulation;
Via Palestro 32 - 00185 Rome - Italy
The LABSS has been characterized in its early days by an explorative approach to Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation. People collaborating within the LABSS have developed several multi agent-based computational models and simulation platforms, and applied them to study the mechanisms and complex micro-macro dynamics of social and cognitive artifacts (such as norms and reputation) for the regulation of societies of autonomous intelligent agents.
In the last few years, cross-methodological research, comparing natural and artificial data, has become a priority. Since the evolutionary study of altruism and reciprocity was undertaken at the LABSS, and the previous study of reputation was applied to a theory-driven design of reputation technology, our simulations started to be increasingly anchored to real-world data, from vampires' food-sharing to human exchanges and electronic communities.
The multi agent-based computational models and simulation platforms developed at LABSS have been applied to:
- Study the main ingredients of social intelligence as a properties of individual and multi-agent systems
- Study the complex (micro-macro) dynamics of social cognitive artefacts (f.i., norms and reputation) regulating societies of autonomous intelligent agents
- Model the emergence of social relationships and networks (for example, dependence networks) from societies of autonomous social intelligent agents (DEP-NET; PART-NET; etc.)
- Model norms as social behaviour and mental objects (consisting of normative representations and goals)
- Simulate norm-based agent societies (SIM-NORM)
Develop a simulation-based theory of social evaluations, namely reputation and image,
- Apply it to develop a computational tool for forming and circulating social evaluation (REPAGE)
- Nicola Lettieri (ISFOL)
- Barbara Sonzogni (Sapienza University - Coris)
- Francesca Giardini (CEU Budapest)
- Gennaro Di Tosto (Utrecht University)
- Stefano Picascia (Manchester Metropolitan University)
- Walter Quattrociocchi (Siena University)