Background and activities
I have an industrial background in system administration, software engineering and studied both in Germany (MSc, University of Koblenz) and New Zealand (PhD, University of Otago), before teaching in the areas of infrastructure operations, cloud computing, as well as application development.
As a computational social scientist, I am interested in the interaction between technology and institutions, that is manifestations of social behaviour, such as conventions, norms (e.g., behavioural etiquettes) and rules of interaction (e.g., traffic rules). My research includes
- the use of agent-based simulations to analyse and explain human behaviour (how we arrived at working legal systems),
- the representation of institutional understanding in agents (how software agents learn and comprehend institutions),
- the use of technology such as blockchain technology to build virtual organisations that have real-life functions (think about an operational decentralised virtual software development company).
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2019) Modelling Norm Dynamics in Multi-Agent Systems. Journal of Applied Logics (JAL-FLAP). vol. 5 (2).
- (2019) Social Preferences in Decision Making Under Cybersecurity Risks and Uncertainties. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. vol. 11594 LNCS.
- (2019) Quasi-social software as the `social? in socio-technical design. CEUR Workshop Proceedings. vol. 2398.
- (2019) A Comparison of Two Historical Trader Societies – An Agent-Based Simulation Study of English East India Company and New-Julfa. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. vol. 11463 LNAI.
- (2018) Comic Strip Narratives in Time Geography. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. vol. 7 (7).
- (2018) A Pilot Study in Cyber Security Education Using CyberAIMs: A Simulation-Based Experiment. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. vol. 531.
Part of book/report
- (2018) Modelling Norm Dynamics in Multi-Agent Systems. Handbook of Normative Multiagent Systems.
- (2018) CyberAIMs: A tool for teaching adversarial and systems thinking. International Defence and Homeland Security Simulation Workshop, DHSS 2018.
- Information and communication technology
- Social norms
- Computational social science
- Agent-based Modelling
- Social Network Analysis
- Institutional Modelling
- Institutional Analysis
- Social Simulation
- Normative Modelling
- Blockchain Technology
- Blockchain-based Governance
- Normative Multi-Agent Systems
- Agent-based Simulation
- Multi-Agent Systems
- New Institutional Economics
- Institutional Grammar