Rineke Verbrugge, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1965. Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam. Associate Professor in Multi-agent Systems at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen.
Fellow (1 September 2006 – 31 January 2007)
GAMES, ACTION, AND SOCIAL SOFTWARE
I had two main aims for my contribution to the theme group. The first was to develop the book on teamwork in multi-agent systems, together with Barbara Dunin-Keplicz. The book is intended to provide an insight into human/computer cooperation as well as a coherent formal framework in order to adequately model social, organizational and environmental aspects of teamwork. The research also applies to the question of how group activity may be enhanced by computers, e.g., in the field of computer supported cooperative work or simply in the context of cooperating autonomous computational entities (agents) or robots in multi-agent systems. We made great progress towards a first draft of the book. The second research focus was to manage the theme group on Games, Action and Social Software, together with Jan van Eijck, in such a way that interesting multi-disciplinary and even trans-disciplinary results would arise. The main goal of the project was to establish common ground, to chart directions, and make a number of original contributions in a number of these directions, to be published in our jointly-edited project books, Games, Actions and Social Software and Discourses on Social Software. This goal has certainly been achieved.