Wyner and Benn: Introduction to special issue on modelling policy-making

Dr. Adam Wyner of the University of Aberdeen, and Dr. Neil Benn of Fujitsu Laboratories, have published Introduction to special issue on modelling policy-making, forthcoming in Artificial Intelligence and Law.

Here are excerpts of the summaries of the papers, which should be published in the November 2013 issue of the journal:

[…] Balke et al. present a methodology to combine formal institutional frameworks with agent-based modelling (ABM), where the frameworks allow for verification, validation, and the interplay between policies and actors. […]

Boer et al. consider problems in changing policies in a regulatory framework that arise from implementations or from constraints imposed by the regulatory framework. They propose an approach to regulatory change that is based on model-based problem solving activities. […]

Lettieri examines the relationships between ICT, computer science and policymaking by using an agent-based social simulation […]

Scherer et al. note the difficulties of transforming narrative text input from stakeholders to the formal statements required by the agent-based simulations used by analysts. They present a novel approach to transforming narrative texts via conceptual modeling into formal simulation models […]

Szoke et al. point out various ways in which regulations are complex. In order to facilitate compliance, they present a semantic enrichment approach which decreases the ambiguity of legal texts, increases the likelihood of finding the relevant legal materials, and applies legal reasoners […]

For more details, please see the complete article, and the forthcoming special issue.

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