Research: social simulation and multi-agent systems

List of publications on Social Simulation and Multi-Agent Interaction

  • R. Sun (ed.), Grounding Social Sciences in Cognitive Sciences. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 2012.
  • R. Sun (ed.), Cognition and Multi-Agent Interaction: From Cognitive Modeling to Social Simulation. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

  • Special Issue of Cognitive Systems Research on multi-disciplinary studies of multi-agent learning . Special issue editor: Ron Sun. Vol.2, No.1, pp.1-96, 2001.

  • Selected Journal Papers: 

  • R. Sun, Autonomous generation of symbolic representations through subsymbolic activities. Philosophical Psychology, in press.
  • R. Sun and S. Helie, Psychologically realistic cognitive agents: Taking human cognition seriously. Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, in press.
  • R. Sun and P. Fleischer, A cognitive social simulation of tribal survival strategies: The importance of cognitive and motivational factors. Journal of Cognition and Culture, in press.
  • R. Sun, Cognitive social simulation incorporating cognitive architectures . IEEE Intelligent Systems, Vol.22, No.5, pp.33-39. September/October, 2007.
  • R. Sun and I. Naveh, Social institution, cognition, and survival: A cognitive-social simulation . Mind and Society, Vol.6, No.2, pp.115-142. 2007.
  • I. Naveh and R. Sun, A cognitively based simulation of academic science . Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, Vol.12, pp.313-337. 2006.
  • R. Sun and D. Qi, MARLBS: Team cooperation through bidding . International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research, Vol.1, No.1, pp.42-58. 2005.
  • D. Qi and R. Sun, Learning to cooperate in solving the traveling salesman problem. International Journal of Neural Systems, Vol.15, No.1\&2, pp.151-162. 2005.
  • R. Sun and I. Naveh, Simulating organizational decision-making using a cognitively realistic agent model. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Vol.7, No.3. 2004. [ http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/7/3/5.html ]
  • D. Qi and R. Sun, A multi-agent system integrating reinforcement learning, bidding and genetic algorithms. Web Intelligence and Agent Systems, Vol.1, No.3-4, pp.187-202. 2003.
  • R. Sun Cognitive science meets multi-agent systems: a prolegomenon. Philosophical Psychology, Vol.14, No.1, pp.5-28. 2001. [ PDF] [formatted PDF]
  • R. Sun Individual action and collective function (an editorial). Cognitive Systems Research, Vol.2, No.1, 2001. [ PDF] [Elsevier-formatted PDF]
  • R. Sun and C. Sessions, Self-segmentation of sequences: automatic formation of hierarchies of sequential behaviors. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Part B Cybernetics, Vol.30, No.3, pp.403-418. 2000. [ PDF]
  • R. Sun and T. Peterson, Multi-agent reinforcement learning: weighting and partitioning. Neural Networks, 1999.


  • R. Sun, Cognitive social simulation. In: R. Sun (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Computational Psychology, pp.530-548 . Cambridge University Press, New York. 2008.
  • R. Sun, Prolegomena to integrating cognitive modeling and social simulation . In: R. Sun (ed.), Cognition and Multi-Agent Interaction: From Cognitive Modeling to Social Simulation, pp.3-26. Cambridge University Press, New York. 2006.


  • R. Sun and I. Naveh, Cognitive simulation of academic science. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. pp.3011-3017. IEEE Press, Piscataway, NJ. 2009.
  • R. Sun, Cognitive Architectures and multi-agent social simulation. In: D. Lukose and Z. Shi (eds.), Multi-Agent Systems for Society (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Volume 4078), pp.7-21. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 2009.
  • R. Sun and I. Naveh, A cognitively based simulation of simple organizations. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Stresa, Italy. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, NJ. 2005.
  • R. Sun and D. Qi, Learning cooperation through bidding. Proceedings of the Third International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS-2004), ACM Press, New York. 2004.
  • D. Qi and R. Sun, A comparison of team evolution operators. Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT-2004), IEEE Computer Science Press, Los Alamitos, CA. 2004.
  • D. Qi and R. Sun,   Integrating reinforcement learning, bidding and genetic algorithms. Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT-2003), Halifax, Canada. IEEE Compute Science Press. 2003.
  • R. Sun,  Meta-learning processes in multi-agent systems. In: Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT-2001). pp.210-219. World Scientific, Singapore. [ PDF]
  • R. Sun and C. Sessions, Multi-agent reinforcement learning with bidding for segmenting action sequences. From Animals to Animats: Proceedings of the International Conference of Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB'2000). Paris, France. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 2000.
  • R. Sun and T. Peterson, Automatic partitioning for multi-agent reinforcement learning. From Animals to Animats: Proceedings of the International Conference of Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB'2000). Paris, France. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. 2000.
  • R. Sun and D. Qi, Rationality assumptions and optimality of co-learning. Proceedings of PRIMA'2000, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany. 2000.
  • R. Sun and C. Sessions, Bidding in reinforcement learning, a paradigm for multi-agent systems. Proceedings of The Third International Conference on Autonomous Agents (AGENTS'99), Seattle, WA. May, 1-5, 1999.
  • R. Sun and C. Sessions, Self segmentation of sequences. Proceedings of International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Washington, DC. July 10-15, 1999. IEEE Press, Piscataway, NJ.
  • R. Sun and T. Peterson, Automatic partitioning for multi-agent reinforcement learning. Proceedings of International Conference on Neural Information Processing (ICONIP' 98). KitaKyushu, Japan. October, 1998.
  • T. Peterson and R. Sun, An RBF network alternative to a hybrid architecture. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Neural Networks, Anchorage, Alaska. May 4-9, 1998. IEEE Press, Piscataway, NJ.

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