This work was presented at HAIDM 2015. The 2015 workshop on Human-Agent Interaction Design and Models was co-organised by SmartSociety.
Abstract: Social interaction has essential effects on social reality, which can even outweigh the importance of the physical effects, but which are not directly nor objectively observable. Understanding the social contexts in which actions and interactions take place is thus of utmost importance for planning one’s goals and activities. We claim that joint action should be considered from both the social and the physical perspective jointly. These aspects are interdependent and influence each other continuously. In order to support the inclusion of social aspects into state descriptions for joint actions, we propose a methodological approach for social analysis of joint action, that enables to identify and represent the social characteristics of a joint action setting. Through the use of social practices it is possible to combine both physical and social aspects of joint actions. We show how these social practices can be used to design agents and robots that take into account both the social and physical context and goals.
Citation: Virginia Dignum, Frank Dignum and Catholijn Jonker. Social Aspects of Joint Actions: from analysis to design of social actions.