Published November 29, 2022 | Version v1
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Towards Social Identity in Socio-Cognitive Agents

  • 1. GAIPS, INESC-ID, 2744-016 Porto Salvo, Portugal; Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal


Current architectures for social agents are designed around some specific units of social behavior that address particular challenges, such as modeling beliefs and motivations, establishing social relationships, or understanding group memberships. Although their performance might be adequate for controlled environments, deploying these agents in the wild is difficult. Moreover, the increasing demand for autonomous agents capable of living alongside humans calls for the design of more robust social agents that can cope with diverse social situations. We believe that to design such agents, their sociality and cognition should be conceived as one. This includes creating mechanisms for constructing social reality as an interpretation of the physical world with social meanings and selective deployment of cognitive resources adequate to the situation. We identify several design principles that should be considered while designing agent architectures for socio-cognitive systems. Taking these remarks into account, we propose a socio-cognitive agent model based on the concept of cognitive social frames that allow the adaptation of an agent’s cognition based on its interpretation of its surroundings, its social context. Our approach supports an agent’s reasoning about other social actors and its relationship with them. Cognitive social frames can be built around social groups, and form the basis for social group dynamics mechanisms and construct of social identity.



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SFRH/BD/131024/2017 – Procedurally Generated Societies SFRH/BD/131024/2017
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
UIDB/50021/2020 – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa UIDB/50021/2020
Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
iv4XR – Intelligent Verification/Validation for Extended Reality Based Systems 856716
European Commission