Refereed Conference Papers

The effect of social influence and curfews on civil violence.
M. Garlick, M. Chli, In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, 2009.


We investigate social influence between interacting citizens in a community, its effects on the social order and the effectiveness of the policy of curfews to restrict it. Influence models have been used in the past in the context of decision making and as a means to explain market trends. The policy of curfews has been utilised with the aim of curbing social violence but little research has been done on its effectiveness. We develop a multi-agent-based model that is used to simulate a community of citizens and the police force that guards it. We show that even when the level of influence at the micro-level is small, the ability of curfews to restrict it at the macro-level is only limited.


Multi-agent based simulation, social simulation, games, emergent behavior.