Socionics pp 51-67 | Cite as

Linking Micro and Macro Description of Scalable Social Systems Using Reference Nets

  • Michael Köhler
  • Daniel Moldt
  • Heiko Rölke
  • Rüdiger Valk
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3413)


Socionics attempts to release the architecture of multi-agent systems from the restrictive micro perspective viewpoint by the integration of the macro perspective in order to arrive at innovative agent systems. This paper shows how central research topics of sociology and computer science can be combined, in order to arrive at innovative agent systems. In the context of sociology the duality of micro and macro elements is relevant, while recursiveness of models appears in the perspective of computer science. These two elements are unified in our work to the socionic multi-agent architecture Sonar.

The formal model, on which the representation bases, is the recursive formalism of reference nets—an extension of Petri nets that permits to understand nets again as tokens. With the help of these nets first of all a compact implementation of the multi-agent architecture Mulan is designed, secondly it serves as a description language for the sociological model, which is the fundament of Sonar. The main result here is to present an architecture based on Mulan and Sonar allowing to cover the micro as well as the macro perspective in agent-oriented modelling. Doing so, we introduce a scalable model based on agent systems.


Multiagent System Scalable Social System Agent System Entity Model Social Entity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Köhler
    • 1
  • Daniel Moldt
    • 1
  • Heiko Rölke
    • 1
  • Rüdiger Valk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of HamburgHamburg

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