Identifying Affordances for Modelling Second-Order Emergent Phenomena with the \(\mathcal {WIT}\) Framework

  • Pablo Noriega
  • Jordi Sabater-Mir
  • Harko Verhagen
  • Julian Padget
  • Mark d’Inverno
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10643)


We explore a means to understand second order emergent social phenomena (EP2), that is, phenomena that involve groups of agents who reason and decide, specifically, about actions – theirs or others’ – that may affect the social environment where they interact with other agents. We propose to model such phenomena as socio-cognitive technical systems that involve, on one hand, agents that are imbued with social rationality (thus socio-cognitive) and, on the other hand, a social space where they interact. For that modelling we rely on the WIT framework that defines such socio-cognitive technical systems as a trinity of aspects (the social phenomenon, the simulation model and the implementation of that model). In this paper we centre our attention on the use of affordances as a useful construct to model socio-cognitive technical systems. We use the example of reputation emergence to illustrate our proposal.



This research has been supported by project MILESS (Ministerio de economía y competitividad - TIN2013-45039-P - financed by FEDER) and SCAR project (Ministerio de economía y competitividad - TIN2015-70819-ERC). We also thank the Generalitat de Catalunya (Grant: 2014 SGR 118).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pablo Noriega
    • 1
  • Jordi Sabater-Mir
    • 1
  • Harko Verhagen
    • 2
  • Julian Padget
    • 3
  • Mark d’Inverno
    • 4
  1. 1.IIIA-CSICBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Stockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of BathBathUK
  4. 4.GoldsmithsUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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