Social intelligence is a general term at the intersection between different disciplines including philosophy, social science - sociology, economics, legal science, etc. - and computer science. Broadly speaking, it is the capacity to understand others and act rationally and emotionally in relations with others. This is an ability that not only human but also artificial agents have, as modelled in AI and agent-based research in particular.
The interactions between philosophy, social sciences and computer science around social intelligence are manifold, and many concepts and theories from social science have found their way into AI and agent-based research. In the latter, coordination and cooperation between largely independent, autonomous computational entities are modelled. Conversely, logical and computational models and their implementations have been used in the social sciences to help improve simulations, hypotheses and theories.
The European Network for Social Intelligence (SINTELNET, 2011-2014) is a FET Coordination Action whose aim is to help build a shared perspective at the intersection of the above fields, to identify challenges and opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, to provide guidelines for research and policy-making and to kindle partnerships among participants. The network has over 200 members, many of whom have been active in workshops, conferences, seminars and summer schools, academic exchanges and other initiatives that have been organized by the project over the past 3 years.
ECSI 2014 was a multidisciplinary event, successfully bringing together researchers and practitioners from the various subfields of social intelligence. 35 selected talks covered all the main areas of SINTELNET, such as action and agency, communicative interaction, group attitudes, socio-technical epistemology, social coordination and legal and ethical issues of open systems. In addition there were keynote presentations by Cristiano Castelfranchi, Christian List and Mel Slater, as well as a panel discussion on foundational issues of social intelligence. By popular request the conference closed with an open discussion on how to maintain and extend this community through future conferences and initiatives.