Armando Geller

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overview Context and motivation Charter and membership Military needs, status, and challenges in individual/organizational/societal (IOS) modeling & simulation (M&S) State-of-the-art in the broader IOS M&S community General pitfalls and common challenges Recommendations going forward overview Context and motivation Charter and membership Military needs,(More)
By means of evidence-driven and declaratively implemented social simulation, we grow qawm — solidarity networks in Afghanistan. The study of qawm lends insight into the structural and processual dynamics of Afghan society. In particular, we concentrate on the evolution of power structures. An agent-based computational model is presented whose ontology(More)
Links between licit and illicit economies fuel processes of conflict in countries mired in irregular warfare. However, it is often infeasible to gather demographic and economic data in the war zone that illuminate such links. Combining remote sensing data with local surveys offers an alternative to direct data collection. We present and validate an(More)
Power in Afghanistan can be explained by the notion of the qawm. Qawms denote opportunistic solidarity networks in Afghanistan. We computationally grow qawms by means of agent-based social simulation informed by real actor behaviour. Emerging from our simulation are social networks which bear important structural and functional resemblance with their target(More)
In many computational social simulation models only cursory reference to the foundations of the agent cognition used is made and computational expenses let many modellers chose simplistic agent cognition architectures. Both choices run counter to expectations framed by scholars active in the domain of rich cognitive modelling that see agent reasoning as(More)
Links between licit and illicit economies fuel conflict in countries mired in irregular warfare. We argue that in Afghanistan, cultivating poppy and trading drugs bring stability to farmers who face the unintended consequences of haphazard development efforts while lacking alternative livelihoods and security necessary to access markets. Drug trafficking(More)