I. Nikolic, J. Kasmire

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This chapter introduces and explains the main concepts that provide the theoretical background on how to model the ubiquitous socio-technical systems that are so important to modern life. First the notions of systems, adaptation and complexity are discussed as individual concepts before addressing complex adaptive systems as a whole. This is followed by a discussion on generative science and agent-based modelling, with special attention paid to how these concepts relate to socio-technical systems. Throughout the text examples of how the theories can be applied to real systems are provided. Armed with a solid understanding of concepts such as observer-dependence, evolution, intractability, emergence and self-organisation, the reader will have the right foundation for moving on to the practical aspects of building and using agent-based models for decision support in socio-technical systems.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationAgent-Based Modelling of Socio-Technical Systems
EditorsKoen H van Dam, Igor Nikolic, Zofia Lukszo
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages61
ISBN (Electronic)9789400749337
ISBN (Print)9789400749320
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameAgent-Based Social Systems
ISSN (Print)1861-0803

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  • Cathie Marsh Institute

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