My research interests have a relatively broad scope but cover the interlinked theme of technology and society. The overview is roughly ordered from ‘specific’ to ‘general’ themes.
- Institutional Modelling and Analysis
- Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation
- Agents provide the best approximation of the ‘human’ in software, but brings along the challenge of representing the same complex interdependencies we find in real society, let alone the mental representation in individuals.
- Decentralised Coordination
- The practical use of ICT is defined by interconnected systems. However, these systems operate increasingly decentralised, providing a technological landscape in which artificial and human entities coexist. In the context, aspects of decentralised coordination (i.e. systems that do no longer rely on a central coordinating entity) such as offered by blockchain technology (e.g. smart contracts) will play a central role. To date, the lack of centralised control brings challenges that need to be addressed, e.g. developing infrastructure that operates reliably (e.g., allows the fixing of bugs at runtime), and more importantly, prevents takeovers and minimises opportunities for collusion (e.g., to serve as infrastructure for the digital democracy).
- Information Society & Ethics
- In how far are our lives affected by technological changes caused by the uptake AI and decentralised coordination our life? How does it ‘enable’ us? What are the risks and how can we retain ‘control’?