Workshop on Agent-Based Models of Epistemic Communities (2023)

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This is the homepage of the Workshop on Agent-Based Models of Epistemic Communities, the first workshop of the DFG Research Network “Simulations of Scientific Inquiry”.


Keynote speakers

  • Cailin O’Connor (UC Irvine)
  • Erik Olsson (Lund University)
  • Hannah Rubin (University of Missouri)
  • Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University)

When and Where?

February 22-24, 2023
Ruhr University Bochum, Wasserstraße 221 (4th floor, room 4/20) or hybrid over zoom (please register to obtain the link)



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22nd February

Time Event
13:30-14:00 Registration and welcome
14:00-15:00 Erik Olsson (Lund University): “Ten years of simulations in LAPUTA: What have we learned? Where do we go from here?”  
15:00-15:30 coffee break
15:30-16:05 Matteo Michelini (TU Eindhoven/Ruhr University Bochum): “How Scientists Can Benefit from Disagreements” (joint work with Javier Osorio, Wybo Houkes, Christian Straßer and Dunja Šešelja)  
16:05-16:40 Carlo Debernardi (University of Milan/University of Agder): “Who’s Your Peer? An ABM Exploration of Editors’ Strategy in Reviewer Selection” (joint work with Francesco Renzini)  
16:40-17:00 short break
17:00-18:00 Cailin O’Connor (UC Irvine): “Interdisciplinarity Can Aid the Spread of Better Methods” (online talk)

23rd February

Time Event
10:00-11:00 Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University): “Is ‘scientific progress through bias’ a good idea?”  
11:00-11:30 coffee break
11:30-12:05 Soong Yoo (Ruhr University Bochum): “Conformity in Epistemic Directed Networks”  
12:05-12:40 Leon Schöppl (MCMP, LMU Munich): “Anti-Reliability in Laputa: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?”  
12:40-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-15:05 Leon Assaad (MCMP, LMU Munich): “Why Bayesian Agents Really Polarize”  
15:05-15:40 Felix Kopecky (KIT): “Belief Polarisation in Agent-Based Debate Models”  
15:40-16:10 coffee break
16:10-16:45 Jingyi Wu (UC Irvine): “Better than Best: Epistemic Landscapes and Diversity of Practice in Science”  
16:45-17:20 Louise Dupuis (LAMSADE, Paris-Dauphine University): “ Modelling Epistemic Communities with Argument (joint work with Gabriella Pigozzi and Juliette Rouchier) Generation”  
17:20-17:55 Samuli Reijula (University of Helsinki): “The division of cognitive labor and the structure of interdisciplinary problems” (joint work with Jaakko Kuorikoski and Miles MacLeod)  
19:30 workshop dinner

24th February

Time Event
10:00-11:00 Hannah Rubin (University of Missouri) “Social Dynamics and the Evolution of Disciplines” (joint work with Kekoa Wong)
11:00-11:30 coffee break
11:30-12:05 Javier Osorio (Autonomous University of Madrid): “Seeking Friction With the World: Towards a Data-Driven Approach in ABMs of Scientific Disagreements”  
12:05-12:40 Edoardo Baccini (University of Groningen): “Myside Bias, Group Discussion and Truth-Tracking” (joint work with Zoé Christoff, Stephan Hartmann and Rineke Verbrugge)  
12:40-14:30 lunch break
14:30-15:05 Lilian von Bressensdorf (MCMP, LMU Munich): “Deliberating Groups: From Myside Bias to Ourside Bias”  
15:05-15:40 Bele Wollesen (LSE): “The Condorcet Jury Theorem in an Ambiguous World”  
15:40-16:10 Coffee break
16:10-16:45 Johannes Marx and Maximilian Noichl (University of Bamberg): “Modeling Team-Reasoning: From Social Interaction To Proto-Collective Actors”  
16:45-17:45 Informal discussion on ongoing projects and Closing

Organization and Funding

The event is organized by research group on Reasoning, Rationality and Science and funded by the DFG Research Network “Simulations of Scientific Inquiry”.