Welcome to the European Network for Social Intelligence (SINTELNET)

Traditional distinctions between the natural, the social and the artificial are becoming more and more blurred as radically new forms of Information Technology-enabled social environments are formed. These changes create the need to re-explore basic concepts of Philosophy, Humanities and Social Sciences. The aim of the European Network for Social Intelligence is twofold:

  • To look into those IT-enabled domains as a means for the critical examination of those basic concepts and,
  • To propose new approaches to understand and develop future IT-enabled social situations, by adapting and applying traditional concepts.

European Conference on Social Intelligence (ECSI-2014)

November 3-5. Barcelona, Spain.

The aim of the European Conference on Social Intelligence is to help build a shared perspective at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, the Social Sciences aand Humanities, to identify challenges and opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, to provide guidelines for research and policy-making and to kindle partnerships among participants.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Action and agency
  • Mental attitudes (e.g., beliefs, desires, goals, intentions)
  • Dynamics of mental attitudes (at individual and collective level)
  • Argumentation theory
  • Cooperation and coordination
  • Social epistemology and ontology
  • Epistemic game theory
  • Theory of signalling
  • Norms and normative systems
  • Group attitudes, collective reasoning, collective intentionality
  • Theories of artefacts and technical design
  • Socio-technical systems
  • Trust and reputation
  • Speech act theory
  • Epistemic and evolutionary aspects of conventions
  • Emotions and affective phenomena
  • Social influence
  • Social power and social dependence

Submissions should have a forward-looking perspective that contributes to the objectives of the symposium.

Challenging position papers are specially welcome


  • Paper submission deadline: September 19, 2014.
  • Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2014.
  • Camera ready version: October 24, 2014.
  • Conference: November 3-5, 2014.

More information in: http://ecsi.sintelnet.eu

Sintelnet Summer School

14-18 July 2014. Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece.

This event, co-organised with the 16th. European Agent Systems Summer School (EASSS2014), provides a forum for knowledge exchange among experts and students in the fields of social intelligence and multiagent systems.  

The school consists of 17 state-of-the-art courses given by some of the most prominent researchers in the field (Schedule). 

Most courses have a 4-hour duration and are broad enough to provide a general introduction to the chosen topic, whilst also students can approach the most relevant contributions in depth.

Important Dates:
Deadline for student application: May 12, 2014
Notification of student grant approval: May 22, 2014
Early registration deadline: 9 June, 2014
Regular registration closes:  30 June 2014
Summer school: 14-18 July 2014
Local organizing committee:

Georgios Chalkiadakis (Assistant Professor, Technical University of Crete)
Nikolaos Spanoudakis (Laboratory Teaching Assistant, Technical University of Crete)


More information: http://www.intelligence.tuc.gr/easss2014

CFC: Computational Social Science and Social Computer Science: Two sides of the Same Coin.

23-24 June 2014, University of Surrey, UK

This workshop brings together experts from the social sciences, humanities and behavioural sciences with social simulation specialists and computational model builders. It aims to find solutions to some the issues last year's social.path workshop raised. It will focus on artificial sociality rather than intelligence and tries to address the following two points in particular:

1. The operationalisation of human behaviour in realistic settings (where perfect rationality is not applicable anymore), as well as
2. The Investigation of the interplay of bottom-up and top-down approaches to study complex systems.

The workshop aims to lead the way to a research agenda that can harness the power of social science theories for the modelling community in a more thorough way than was hereto possible, aided by advances in computer technology and modelling experience. We invite contributions from all research disciplines that:

1. Describe social science theory-inspired computational models of human behaviour in realistic settings, or

2. Present theories of human behaviour in computational form, or

3. Examine models focussing on computational social science, social computer science and the relation between the two.

The workshop aims to provide a meeting point for researchers with the aim of facilitating future interactions and research.

Papers should have a forward-looking perspective that contributes to the objectives of the workshop. They may take the form of a standard report on research but challenging position papers are especially welcome. The technicality of the papers should take the mixed audience into consideration. The paper should present unpublished work. 

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: 18th April 2014 (NEW DATE)aper submission deadline   January 22nd, 2014
Acceptance notification: 11th May 20144
Camera-ready versions due: 8th June 2014
Registration opens: 23rd April 2014
Registration closes: 1st June 2014


Dr Tina Balke, CRESS, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey
Prof. Harko Verhagen, Stockholm University
Dr Gert Jan Hofstede, University of Wageningen
Dr Marina De Vos, University of Bath

More information: http://www.ias.surrey.ac.uk/workshops/computational/cfp.php

CFP: 17th International Workshop on Coordination, Organizations, Institutions and Norms (COIN@AAMAS-14)

May 5-6, 2014, Paris, France

The pervasiveness of open systems raises a range of challenges and opportunities for technologies in the area of autonomous agents and multi-agent systems and in their contribution to human and artificial societies. Open systems comprise loosely-coupled entities interacting within a society, often with some overall measures of quality or efficiency. However, achieving and maintaining a ‘good’ society, such as through establishing and enforcing societial norms and policies, is difficult to achieve. This is because of the complexity of real societies, and because the (autonomous) participating entities, their modes of interaction, or the intended purpose of the system may change over time. There remains a need for tools and techniques for articulating or regulating interactions in order to make the system more effective in attaining collective goals, more certain for participants, or more predictable.

Coordination, organizations, institutions, and norms are four key governance elements for the regulation of open multi-agent systems, and the COIN workshops constitute a space for debate and exploration of these four elements that are central in the design and use of open systems.

We seek to attract high-quality papers addressing mathematical, logical, computational, philosophical, and pragmatic issues related to the four aspects of COIN. We also encourage the submission of work in progress papers, and demonstration papers illustrating software tools, platforms or applications of the various facets of COIN to real world problems. Standard research papers should be up to 16 pages in length, while demonstration/application papers and those describing work in progress should be no longer than 6 pages in the Springer LNCS format.

Important Dates:
Paper submission deadline   January 22nd, 2014
Acceptance notification     February 19th, 2014
Camera-ready copies due     March 19th, 2014
COIN@AAMAS 2014 workshop    May 5/6, 2014

More information: http://www.sintelnet.eu/content/coinaamas-14

CFP: First International Workshop on Multiagent Foundations of Social Computing

May 5-9, 2014, Paris, France

- Initial submissions due: January 22, 2014
- Notification: February 19, 2014
- Camera-ready due: March 5, 2014

More information: http://www.sintelnet.eu/content/first-international-workshop-multiagent-foundations-social-computing

CFP: 15th International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Systems (MABS 2014)

May 5-6, 2014, Paris, France

       Electronic abstract aubmission: January 20th, 2014
       Paper submission deadline: January 22nd, 2014
       Notification of acceptance: February 19th, 2014
       Camera-Ready papers due: March 10th, 2014
       Workshop Celebration: May 5-6th, 2014

More information: http://www.sintelnet.eu/content/mabs-2014

CFP: International Workshop on Agents and CyberSecurity (ACySe 2014)

May 5-9, 2014, Paris, France

* Paper Sumbission Deadline: JANUARY 22, 2014
* Paper Acceptance Notification: FEBRUARY 19, 2014
* Camera-ready copies due: MARCH 10, 2014
* Workshop Date: MAY 5-9, 2014

More information: http://www.sintelnet.eu/content/acyse-2014

Norms Actions Games

London, 1-2 April 2014

We are pleased to announce that SINTELNET has given support to the organization of the Norms Actions Games symposium, to be held in London on the 1st and 2nd April 2014.

In strategic interaction, where multiple agents pursue personal objectives, conflict is bound to arise, as the actions of the individual agents have an effect on the welfare of the others. In such situations the need arises for the explicit regulation of individual and collective behaviour which has traditionally followed two alternative approaches, well-known in the economics literature: the spontaneous order approach, which studies how norms result from endogenous agreements among rational individuals, and the mechanism design approach, which studies how norms are exogenously designed in order to reach desirable properties.

The present symposium is motivated by the conviction that the two paradigms to understand norms in strategic interaction are by no means incompatible and can be effectively used together for regulative purposes. The aim of the symposium is to gather researchers looking at norms in strategic interaction from different perspectives, i.e. philosophy, computer science, game theory, logic, fostering discussion and interdisciplinary collaboration. Researchers will be given the opportunity of presenting their work in a stimulating environment, without novelty constraints on the contributions.

More informaton at: http://www.sintelnet.eu/content/norms-actions-games

Contact Information

SINTELNET Coordination: David Pearce (david.pearce@upm.es)

IT-related issues: Lourdes Tavira (ltavira@iiia.csic.es)

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