Socially Situated Intelligence

A picture of two chimps Looking under a leafImage of robots
a one-day workshop held at SAB'98 University of Zürich, August 1998.

The Topic

In recent years it has been increasingly recognised that many important aspects of intelligence are grounded in intimate interaction with a physical environment - what is called `embodied intelligence'. This workshop is to explore the importance of aspects of intelligence and intelligent behaviour that are grounded in interaction with a social environment hence the title `Socially Situated Intelligence'.

Much research into intelligence and adaptive behaviour has been done from the point of view of single agents. Even work into intelligence and adaption in social situations has taken an approach where the intelligence or ability to adapt is built into the agent separately from the social situation it is then put into. However, it is clear that there may be a significant difference between an intelligence that has evolved (or at least significantly developed) in a social context, and an intelligence that is not socially grounded in this way. The workshop aims at identifying the basic differences between these two conceptions of intelligence and wants to further a better understanding of the specific mechanisms which make natural or artificial agents social.

The Papers - available on-line as CPM-Reports

Experiments on human-robot communication with Robota, an imitative learning and communication doll robot - Aude Billard, Kerstin Dautenhahn and Gillian Hayes

Social Intelligence as Norm Adaptation - Magnus Boman and Harko Verhagen

Toward teaching a robot `infant' using emotive communication acts - Cynthia Breazeal and Juan Velasquez

The Evolutionary Emergence of Socially Intelligent Agents - Alastair Channon and Robert Damper

The Contribution of Society to the Construction of Individual Intelligence - Bruce Edmonds and Kerstin Dautenhahn

Positioning the analysis: Memetics as a methodological tool to close the ranks between social and traditional history - Rogan Jacobson

The Social Dimension of Economics and Multiagent Systems - Adolfo López Paredes and Ricardo del Olmo Martínez

Modelling and Evolution of Social Trends in Virtual Environments - María-Isabel Sánchez-Segura, Ricardo Imbert, Angélica de Antonio and Javier Segovia


All the papers are published electronically in full, as part of the Centre for Policy Modelling's technical report series.

There will be paper proceedings distributed at the workshop, which will also be a technical report of the University of Zurich. The exact reference for this is yet to be determined.

The organisers plan a special issue of Computational and Mathematical Organisation Theory on the subject of "Social Intelligence". Information about this special issue can be found at:

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The Program Committee


Bruce Edmonds,
Centre for Policy Modelling,
Manchester Metropolitan University,
Aytoun Building, Aytoun St.,
Manchester M1 3GH. UK.
Fax: +44 (0) 161-247 6802
Tel: +44 (0) 161-247 6479
Kerstin Dautenhahn,
The University of Reading
Department of Cybernetics
Whiteknights, PO Box 225
Reading, RG6 6AY. UK.
Fax: +44 (0) 118 -931 8220
Tel: +44 (0) 118 -931 8218 or 6372