From Notions to Models and Back Again, Again

  • Liz Sonenberg
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7047)


A typical thread in research relies on the maturing of ideas through an iterative process of construction, testing and refinement. In this talk I will trace some such trajectories of ideas by illustration from some of my own and others’ experiences in agent-based modelling. I draw inspiration from previous commentaries, including from those who generated the mottos: “No Notation without Denotation” [1]; “No Notation without Exploitation” [2]; and “No experimentation without explanation” [3].


  1. 1.
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    Shoham, Y.: Agent Oriented Programming. Artificial Intelligence 60, 51–92 (1993)MathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Dignum, F., Sonenberg, L.: A dialogical argument for the usefulness of logic in MAS. Discussion contribution in Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 7(4) (2004),

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liz Sonenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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