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Message posted on 22/02/2021

SimSocFest2021, Thursday 18 March 2021, 1:30-4:30PM (CET): A session on modeling values in agents, technologies and institutions (chairs: Amineh Ghorbani, Bruce Edmonds & Anna Melnyk)

Call for participation and contribution: Modelling Values in Agents, Technologies & Institutions @ SimulationFest

Dear colleagues,

Addressing new challenges in socio-technical systems requires a critical inquiry into behaviour-related concepts like values, beliefs, and norms. On Thursday 18th March, 1:30-4:30 PM (CET Time), we will have a session on Modelling Values in Agents, Technologies and Institutions which goal is to bring together international researchers that are experimenting with qualitative concepts (e.g., values, norms, beliefs) in their agent-based models. This session facilitates new cross-disciplinary ABM research pathways by learning from each others experiences and challenges of implementing quantitative concepts like values in the modelling practice. As a concept in ABM practice, value only recently started to get deserved attention despite playing a core role in a decision making process that informs agents actions. Complex socio-technical challenges of the energy transition, climate change, and, in particular, the disruptive COVID-19 pandemic triggered a series of ABM research that adopts the concept of value from different domains like ethics, psychology, and anthropology. Insights into values are particularly essential when researching new technologies and policies impacts and the agents responses to the implementation of these. The 3-hour session will explore such concepts to understand better agents behaviours regarding technologies and institutions and a potential impact on the models robustness, illustrative, explanatory, and predictive power.

We aim to have fruitful discussions in four sessions, focusing on:

  1. cognitive architectures of agents and the role of values and beliefs
  2. values and norms in socio-technical systems
  3. values in institutions and policy analysis
  4. operationalization of the qualitative concepts in ABM practice

All interested researchers are welcome to join our session. We also have a room for a max of 5 presentations (10 min) related to one of the listed topics. If you wish to present your work, please submit an abstract for a short presentation with the title modelling values at before March 1, 2021.

Note: Please, remember to register for the event through the main web-page:

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,

Amineh, Bruce and Anna

Anna Melnyk

TU Delft

PhD Candidate

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology | Technology, Policy & Management

Building 31, Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX, Delft, The Netherlands

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