Towards Executable Representations of Social Machines

Dave Murray-Rust, Alan Davoust, Petros Papapanagiotou, Areti Manataki, Max van Kleek, Nigel Shadbolt, Dave Robertson

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Human interaction is increasingly mediated through technological systems, resulting in the emergence of a new class of socio-technical systems, often called Social Machines. However, many systems are designed and managed in a centralised way, limiting the participants’ autonomy and ability to shape the systems they are part of.
In this paper we are concerned with creating a graphical formalism that allows novice users to simply draw the patterns of interaction that they desire, and have computational infrastructure assemble around the diagram. Our work includes a series of participatory design workshops, that help to understand the levels and types of abstraction that the general public are comfortable with when designing socio-technical systems. These design studies lead to a novel formalism that allows us to compose rich interaction protocols into functioning, executable architecture. We demonstrate this by translating one of the designs produced by workshop participants into an a running agent institution using the Lightweight Social Calculus (LSC).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiagrammatic Representation and Inference
Subtitle of host publicationDiagrams 2018
EditorsPeter Chapman, Gem Stapleton, Amirouche Moktefi, Sarah Perez-Kriz, Francesco Bellucci
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-91376-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-91375-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event10th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams - Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 201822 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams
Abbreviated titleDiagrams 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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