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13 August, 2012

Informal Workshop on "Qualitative Evidence to Agent Rules" 19th September 2012

There will be an informal workshop on Wednesday  the 19th September on the relationship between qualitative evidence and behavioural rules.  During the last few years I have come across an increasing number of people who are either interested in this topic and so have decided to organise an initial informal workshop to discuss this.

The workshop will start at 11am and finish at 5pm.  It will happen at the MMU Business School, see for how to get there (for many this will involve travelling by train to Manchester Piccadilly railway station and then either walking or catching the "147" bus getting out next to the aquatics centre).

If you want to come and listen and discuss, just turn up.  If you want to give a presentation please send a short abstract to me ( by the 9th September.  Given the informal nature of this and uncertainty about how many people will come I can not guarantee that everyone who wants to can give a presentation.  However the last hour 4-5pm (and maybe later in even more informal contexts) will be reserved for open discussion about future directions and initiatives.  Lunch will up to each participant, either in the Business School cafe or nearby.

Bruce Edmonds

10 August, 2012

1st European Conference on Political Attitudes and Mentalities, Bucharest, September 2012

1st European Conference on Political Attitudes and Mentalities 
September 3-5, 2012 
Faculty of Political Science - University of Bucharest
Bucharest, ROMANIA

Political Attitudes and Mentalities
The Historical Heritage of Europe – A Challenge for the Future of Political Analysis
The European Conference on Political Attitudes and Mentalities, ECPAM'2012will take place on September 3-5 at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Bucharest.
The conference's main goal is to offer an interdisciplinary framework for three challenging research areas: political sciences, society and prediction technologies.
The Conference aims at joining together the expertise in political and social sciences, history, relligion and philosophy and the practice of social and political analysis and prediction methods and techniques.
The simulation technologies based on the artificial societies seem to be a good challenge for the future development of new analysis and prediction tools.
And least but not last, the conference aims at bridging the gap between the classical political science and the new simulation and analysis technologies based on artificial societies and virtual experiments.
Faculties, research scientists, master and doctoral students from all European universities are invited to submit research papers and to participate in the first event designed to shape the future of political attitudes and mentalities change research in a fast and dramatically changing Europe.

You may find the details about the conference areas of research, deadlines for papers submission, registration and organization here.

09 August, 2012

Lorentz Centre Workshop: Formal Methods for the Informal World

I am pleased to announce that an application in which I am an organiser has been successful, lead by Virginia Dignum.

Details will be at:

    Formal Methods for the Informal World
    from 4 Mar 2013 through 8 Mar 2013

Venue: Lorentz Center@Oort

This workshop is in preparation
Scientific organizers:
Francien Dechesne (Delft, Netherlands)
Frank Dignum (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Virginia Dignum (Delft, Netherlands)
Bruce Edmonds (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Liz Sonenberg (Melbourne, Australia)