Postdoc position in Socially Aware AI with focus on engineering social simulations at the Department of Computing Science, Umeå University.

You will be based in the socially aware AI (SAAI) group ( This group is world famous for its work on sophisticated social simulations ranging from the effectiveness of restrictions in the covid crisis to support for sustainable neighbourhoods. The group is specifically well-known for its formalizations and implementations of social concepts that govern people’s lives, such as routines, practices, norms, conventions, roles, etc. With this position we aim to develop multi-agent systems in which the agents are influenced by norms and other social rules, while learning from their experience using these social concepts and thus also slowly shaping new norms and conventions. The theoretical foundations will be based on existing work from our group, but especially the interaction between learning behaviour and social rules is to be explored. In order to test the usability of the developed models we aim to have at least one use case related to social simulation for policy making.

Project description and working tasks

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to research in SAAI by creating tools with which social constructs like norms and practices can be designed and implemented for social simulations. It is important to make a link between social theories and computational structures. The social theory is needed to create general usable computational tools, while the computational tools should be usable and efficient. Part of the research will be the connection of empirical, ethnographic methodologies with agent based social simulation methodologies.

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