Modelling Human Routines: Conceptualising Social Practice Theory for Agent-Based Simulation

Rijk Mercuur, Virginia Dignum, Catholijn M. Jonker

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Our routines play an important role in a wide range of social challenges such as climate change, disease outbreaks and coordinating staff and patients in a hospital. To use agent-based simulations (ABS) to understand the role of routines in social challenges we need an agent framework that integrates routines. This paper provides the domain-independent Social Practice Agent (SoPrA) framework that satisfies requirements from the literature to simulate our routines. By choosing the appropriate concepts from the literature on agent theory, social psychology and social practice theory we ensure SoPrA correctly depicts current evidence on routines. By creating a consistent, modular and parsimonious framework suitable for multiple domains we enhance the usability of SoPrA. SoPrA provides ABS researchers with a conceptual, formal and computational framework to simulate routines and gain new insights into social systems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • cs.MA
  • cs.AI
  • I.6; I.2


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